January 9, 2012

Stray Pills from Other Meds

1 Excedrin and Other OTCs Recalled by Novartis

Some bottles of Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X have been recalled by Swiss drug manufacturer, Novartis, over concerns that the bottles may contain stray pills from other medications, chipped or broken pills. Novartis is working with the FDA during the voluntary recall process, which affects US retailers and consumers. The recalled Excedrin and NoDoz products have expiration dates of 12/20/14 or earlier; the recalled Bufferin and Gas-X products have expiration dates of 12/20/13. As of this writing, lot numbers had not been disclosed. Consumers are advised to stop using the products and call the Novartis Consumer Relationship Center at 1-888-477-2403, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., ET for information on how to return the recalled product and receive a full refund.

More at Www.healthland.time.com | Hat tip to http://pharmaboz.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: OTC Thyroid Supplements Risky

Tags: Novartis, Excedrin, NoDoz, Buffering, Gas-X, OTC Medicine Recall

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Brain Receptors Aided by Patch

2 Nicotine Patch May Help Slow Dementia

Using a nicotine patch may help with symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, suggests preliminary research. The small study by researchers at the University of Vermont Medical School found that patients who received treatment had improved measures of attention, mental processing and memory compared with people who didn't receive the patch. The six-month study involving 74 people was published in Neurology. CNN reports that people with mild cognitive impairment may have a noticeable memory problem, and many are later diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The nicotine patch may work to reduce symptoms of dementia by slowly releasing nicotine which travels to the brain to interact with receptors that are important for memory, learning and attention.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lifting Weights May Help You Quit Smoking

Tags: Journal Neurology, Nicotine Patch, Preventing Alzheimer's Disease, Preventing Dementia, Slowing Dementia, Treating Dementia, Nicotine Patch for Dementia, Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Virus Hides, but Sends Signals

3 Study Supports EBV, Multiple Sclerosis Link

New research conducted in the UK strengthens the hypothesis that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) plays a role in multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers examined the brains of people who had MS after they died found that even though the virus was latent, it was sending out chemical signals in the form of RNA that caused inflammation and turned on the immune system leading to the symptoms of MS. Previous research has not successfully shown the connection but that may be due to the fact that the virus hides in immune system cells when not replicating. While more studies need to be conducted, researchers are optimistic that learning more will lead to better MS treatments. The anticancer drug Rituximab kills the cells EBV uses to hide and is being used in clinical trials.

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

Previously: Epstein-Barr Virus May Trigger MS

Tags: Epstein-Barr Virus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rituximab

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