May 7, 2011

No Signs of Meds for Kidneys

1 Contents of Bin Laden’s Medicine Chest Revealed

Medications found in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound included those to treat stomach ulcers, high blood pressure and nerve pain, says Cynthia Reilly, a pharmacist for the Am. Soc. of Health System Pharmacists, who reviewed a list obtained by NBC News from Pakistani sources. But, she says, “there’s nothing here that indicates a long-term, chronic condition,” referring to OBL’s proverbial kidney failure and reliance on dialysis. Natrilix, used to treat congestive heart failure and high blood pressure - and that should not be used by people with kidney failure - was also on the list, as was Avena syrup, a dietary supplement made of wild oats, that is marketed as an aphrodisiac but is also used to soothe nerves. “The caution is, we don’t know who used what,” says Reilly.

More at MSNBC.msn.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Osama Bin Laden Killed on Obama's Orders

Tags: Kidney Failure, Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, Terrorism, Dialysis, Contents of Osama Bin Laden's Medicine Chest, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Cynthia Reilly, Natrilix, Avena Syrup

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Caffeine Kills Free Radicals

2 Antioxidant Benefit in Caffeine Explained

Caffeine benefits health by fighting free radicals, which attack healthy cells and cause disease, claim researchers from Mexico. The research, published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, explains the chemistry behind caffeine's power to destroy free radicals associated with heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. The research supported previous animal studies, showing that radical adduct formation (RAF) is the main mechanism involved in caffeine's power to protect the body against free radicals. WebMD reports that the new research also shows that caffeine is a major source of antioxidant activity in coffee. Previous research has found that coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the average person's diet.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Roasting Process Key to Coffee's Health Benefits

Tags: Coffee Consumption, Health Benefits Coffee, Caffeine Health Benefits, Caffeine Good for You, Caffeine Fights Free Radicals, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Source of Antioxidants, radical adduct formation, protect the body against free radicals

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Goal Is to Reduce Overdoses

3 Same Acetaminophen Formula for Kids and Infants

In an attempt to reduce the number of acetaminophen overdoses in infants because of errors and confusion, Johnson & Johnson is going to stop producing acetaminophen-based drugs in the form of infant drops. The formula they will use for all kids under 12 will be 160 milligrams (mg) per 5 milliliter (mL) of liquid which is less concentrated than the infant formula of 80 mg per 0.8 mL of liquid. Accidental overdoses occur when instructions are not carefully followed or medicine of a different formula is measured in the dropper. Acetaminophen is used to relieve all kinds of pain. When used correctly, problems rarely occur but the drug is the number one reason for liver failure in the U.S. and over 50,000 people end up in the ER annually because they overdose on acetaminophen.

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

Previously: Kids Being Overdosed Due to Prescription Errors, More Teens Prescribed Dangerous Drugs

Tags: Acetaminophen, Infant Medicine, Acetaminophen-Based Infant and Children Drugs, Accidental Overdoses, Children's Medicine, Acetaminophen Formula in Infants' and Children's Medicines

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