September 16, 2011

Seeking Solutions

1 Accidental Poisoning of Kids from Meds Rises

The number of children, ages 5 and younger, who receive medical help due to accidental poisoning from pharmaceuticals has risen recently says a new study. Authors collected data on 544,133 children from cases reported to the Am Assn of Poison Control Ctrs between 2001 and 2008 and found that 95% of ER visits were from self-ingestion with the biggest impact from pain meds followed by sedatives and then by CV meds. Authors cite the need for meds to be stored out of a child’s reach and address safe packaging. " ... the largest potential benefit would come from packaging design changes that reduce the quantity a child could quickly and easily access in a self-ingestion episode, like flow restrictors on liquids and one-at-a-time tablet dispensing containers," says author Dr. Randall Bond.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: NY Proposes to Take Ipecac off Store Shelves

Tags: Accidental Ingestion, American Association of Poison Control Centers, Child Proof Drugs, Accidental Poisoning, Dr. Randall Bond

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Risk of Pregnancy Is Issue

2 Qualitest Issues Birth Control Pills Recall

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary nationwide recall of birth control pills due to a packaging error, said a company spokesperson. “There are no immediate health issues currently;” the main concern is an unintentional pregnancy. The recall involves 1.4 million packages of the pills. As a result of the packaging error, the daily regimen for the pills may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception. Qualitest urged women to begin using a “non-hormonal” form of birth control and to consult a health care provider or pharmacist. The recall affects Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem. Customers can call 1-877-300-6153, 8 am and 5 pm CT time for more information.

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

Previously: Birth Control Pills Erase the Details

Tags: Birth Control Pills, Contraception, Contraceptives, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Birth Control Pill Recall, Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem, Tri-Previfem

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Big Jump in Pica Numbers

3 More People Going to Hospital for Eating Dirt

Hospitalization rates for pica have doubled within the last 10 years, say researchers studying the disorder that leads people to consume non-edible substances like chalk or dirt. A new government study found that between 1999 and 2009, annual hospitalizations in the U.S. for pica increased by 93 percent, from 964 to 1,862. MSNBC reports that researchers don't understand the cause of pica, but the strange eating habits can go away without treatment after several months. People who suffer from pica include kids, pregnant women and individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Eating Behaviors, Pica, Eating Dirt, Eating Chalk, Unusual Eating Disorders, More Hospitalizations for Pica, Autism Dangers

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Mutant EGFR Increases Uptake

4 Glioblastoma Cells Alters Cholesterol Uptake

A new study from researchers at UCLA has found that the mutant epidermal growth factor receptor vIII (EGFRvIII), mutated in 45 percent of glioblastoma cases, controls the low dense lipoprotein (LDL) receptor so that an excessive amount of cholesterol is taken up by the cancer cells so they can live and grow. This new knowledge suggests that inhibiting the LDL receptor so the glioblastoma cells are deprived of this nutrient. Studies in mice showed that a compound degraded the LDL receptor in EGFR mutant mice through activation of the Liver X Receptor which keeps the level of cholesterol inside the cells in equilibrium. Researchers hope that this can translate into an effective therapy against the aggressive brain cancer and possibly other types that use the same mechanism.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Good Cholesterol Decreases Risk of Cancer, High Cholesterol Linked to Cancer Risk

Tags: Brain Cancer, Cholesterol, EGFRvIII, Glioblastoma, Cholesterol Uptake by Brain Cancer Cells, LDL Receptor, Liver X Receptor

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