August 5, 2011

Things That May Haunt Dreams

1 FDA Approves Antidote for Scorpion Stings

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat bark scorpion stings. The bark scorpion is the most venomous type of scorpion in N. America. It can be found in southeastern CA, southwestern AZ and parts of the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. Its sting can cause muscle spasms, respiratory problems and, in the most severe cases, death. The drug, named Anascorp, is administered intravenously and, according to the FDA that evaluated the drug in more than 1500 patients, is safe and effective. Bark scorpion stings are especially dangerous to children and infants but Anascorp, which is made from an antibody produced by horses that have been immunized with scorpion venom, successfully - and safely - treated 8 children who showed up at hospital ERs with scorpion stings.

More at Www.SignonSanDiego.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Drug Shortages Have Hospitals Scrambling

Tags: FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Respiratory Problems, Bark Scorpion, Anascorp, Scorpion Venom Antidote, Muscle Spasms

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Wanted: a Cheaper Plate

2 Healthy Eating Costs About $7 a Week Extra

Consumers following the government's "My Plate" guidelines may spend at least $7.28 a week more on food, find researchers. MSNBC reports that just adding more potassium to your diet from fresh foods could add hundreds to your grocery bill each year. The research, published in Health Affairs, reveals that participants consumed around 700 milligrams below the recommended amount of potassium each day. To make up for the difference, shoppers would need to spend $1.04 more each day, which adds up to $1,520 a year for a family of four. Researchers point out that there are less expensive ways to add potassium to the diet, such as choosing beans over leafy greens. The study also found that families would need to spend about 35 cents more a day to boost levels of dietary fiber and vitamin D.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Revamped Cafeterias Lead Kids to Healthy Eating

Tags: Healthy Cooking, Healthy Food, Expensive Food, Cost of Fruit, Cost of Vegetables, Healthy Shoppers Pay More, Health Affairs, My Plate Guidelines

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No Benefit, All the Side Effects

3 Red Blood Cell Raising Drugs Used Improperly

Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center have found that drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) that elevate red blood cell numbers are being inappropriately administered to cancer patients. Twenty-four percent of 21,000 Medicare patients got Epogen or NeoRecormon for less than a week compared to the two and 14 weeks needed for the drugs to work, but it is enough time to expose them to serious side effects such as blood clots, heart issues and potentially encouraging tumors to grow. On the other hand, 8 percent took the drug past the 14-week mark and another 14 percent were not on chemotherapy, one of the indications for using these kinds of drugs. It was also observed that doctors in private practice prescribe these drugs for a longer period of time.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Anemia Drugs Risky in Renal Failure Patients

Tags: Columbia University Medical Center, Epogen, Red Blood Cells, Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents Misused in Cancer Patients, Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents, ESAs, NeoRecormon, Red Blood Cell Boosting Drugs

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