October 30, 2010

Halloween's Biggest Threat

1 Avoid Allergic Reactions and Have a Safe Halloween

Serious allergic reactions can take the fun out of Halloween. Some candy picked up by little trick-or-treaters could contain common allergens such as nuts or peanuts or be processed by a facility that handles these products. The medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, Dr. Clifford Bassett, says there are ways for kids with food allergies to still enjoy the holiday. These include eating dinner before trick-or-treating to reduce the temptation to snack on treats and making sure your child has an epinephrine auto-injector or antihistamine and knows how to dial 911 if there’s an emergency. Dr. Sean Cahill at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine suggests buying nut-free candy to give to neighbors so you can take your child there without any worries.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Halloween, Halloween Candy, Food Allergies, Trick or Treaters, Allergic Reactions

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Anorexia Not Birth Control

2 Anorexics More Likely to Have Unplanned Pregnancy

Women with anorexia nervosa are more likely to have unplanned pregnancies, say researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The study's lead author, Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, warns that anorexia isn't a proper contraceptive. Bulik, who is the director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program, comments that "Just because you're not menstruating, or because you're menstruating irregularly, doesn't mean you're not at risk for becoming pregnant." According to the research, 50 percent of women with anorexia had unplanned pregnancies, compared with only 18.9 percent of women without anorexia. Anorexics were also younger when giving birth and had higher rates of abortion. Findings are published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Anorexia Nervosa, UNC Eating Disorders Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology, At Risk for Unplanned Pregnancies, Anorexics Have Unplanned Pregnancies, Dangers of Anorexia

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Wood Treatment Stinks Up Meds

3 Lipitor Recalled over Odor Complaints

Pfizer has decided to recall 38,000 additional bottles of Lipitor for odor complaints, reports CNN. The recall involves Lipitor 40 mg tablets (atorvastatin calcium) available in the U.S. The cholesterol-lowering drug is being recalled since the bottles were apparently exposed to low levels of TBA, or tribromoanisole, as they were shipped or stored. While Pfizer prohibits the use of wood (or pallets) treated with TBA for shipment of their drugs, Lipitor was somehow exposed. Pfizer says that the danger to Lipitor users is minimal, and the company doesn't expect a shortage of Lipitor from the new recall. Consumers may call 1-888-LIPITOR with questions about this new recall.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Health News Lipitor

Tags: Lipitor Odor Complaints, Lipitor Recall, Lipitor Odor, Lipitor Exposed to TBA, Lipitor Tribromoanisole Recall, Lipitor Recalled, Pfizer Recalls Lipitor

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Could End Donor Shortage

4 Human Livers Created in the Lab

Researchers created miniature human livers using the structural network of animal livers with the hope of one day eliminating the need for donors and giving researchers a better tool to study new drugs. The animal livers had all their cells removed so that only the structure and vascular network was left intact. Cells that were programmed to become human liver cells and those that line blood vessels were added to the structure through a large vessel connected to smaller ones. The structure was placed in a bioreactor so it could get oxygen and nutrients. About a week later, liver tissue and its functions could be observed. While this study excites researchers, the idea of using them humans is far off. Researchers also want to see if they can regenerate other organs in the same way.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Liver Cells Created from Skin Stem Cells

Tags: Liver, Liver Donor Shortage, Human Liver, Human Liver Cells

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