January 30, 2012

Excessive Levels of Bacteria

1 2,000 Tubes of Aveeno Baby Lotion Recalled

Johnson & Johnson has recalled more than 2,000 tubes of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion after US regulators found excessive bacteria in a product sample. The voluntarily recall affects the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, where the tubes of baby lotion have been reported as having been sold. The mega-manufacturer says the recall represents “an abundance of caution,” and that harm from use of the product is remote. J&J said that while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed that a specific lot of Aveeno lotion "exceeded the specifications for common bacteria,” testing by an independent laboratory refuted that claim. Consumers who would like a refund or have questions about the recall should call 1-877-298-2525.

More at MSNBC.msn.com | Hat tip to myfoxdfw.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tylenol Recall Widens Again

Tags: Bacteria, Johnson and Johnson, Johnson and Johnson Recall, Aveeno, Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion, Bacteria in Baby Products

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5x More Likely to Die

2 Hard Drugs in Middle Age Lead to Early Death

The teen years are a time of experimenting and acting out against authority figures but a new study reveals that people who continue to use hard drugs into their 50’s are five times more likely to die earlier than those who don’t. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.4 percent of Americans ages 50-59 and 7 percent of adults ages 35-49 reported use of a drug other than marijuana sometime in the past year. However, the study’s lead author, Stefan Kertesz, M.D., indicates that it’s more about the type of person that continues to use drugs, rather than the drugs themselves, saying “middle-age adults who continue to dabble in hard drugs represent a group that is at risk of bad outcomes at a higher rate than people who stopped using drugs.”

More at Daily Science | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Cocaine

Tags: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Middle-Age, Opiates, Hard Drugs

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Combo Is Bad for Baby's Heart

3 Overweight Smokers Can Damage Baby's Heart

Overweight women who smoke while pregnant may be damaging their unborn baby's heart, suggest researchers. Published in BMJ, the findings show an enhanced damaging effect for the combo of being overweight and smoking while pregnant compared to just one of the factors alone. Mothers with a BMI of 25 or more who smoked were 2.5 times as likely to have a baby with a congenital heart defect compared with women who just smoked or who were just overweight. Researchers based their findings on nearly 800 babies with congenital heart abnormalities but no other defects.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: CDC Studies Smoking Rates of Working Adults

Tags: Dangers Smoking While Pregnant, Risk Heart Damage Baby, Risk Factors for Baby Heart Problems, Reasons Lose Weight Before Pregnancy, Congenital Heart Abnormalities, BMJ Prenatal Heart Research

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Take Drug Longer, Risk Lower

4 Statins Lower HBV Patients' Liver Cancer Risk

Results from an 11-year study involving 33,000 people with hepatitis B virus (HBV) found that taking statins reduced the risk of liver cancer and the longer they are taken, the lower the risk. More than 1,000 people developed liver cancer during the study. The statins' ability to reduce liver cancer in individuals with HBV, which causes inflammation of the liver, is important because the virus is one of the main causes of liver cancer. The study did not determine how the cholesterol-lower drugs reduced the risk of liver cancer but further investigation will determine that. Ironically, one of the side effects of statins is that it increases the level of liver enzymes in the blood which can indicate liver damage so blood tests to measure those enzymes are necessary when taking those drugs.

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

Previously: Spice May Help Prevent Liver Damage

Tags: Liver Cancer, Statins, Hepatitis B Virus, HBV

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