September 25, 2012

"FDA agents" demand "fines"

1 Blackmailers Target Online Drug Customers

The FDA is warning persons who have bought medications online that hundreds of people who have done so have been subjected to blackmail threats by scam artists posing as FDA agents. The conmen call the customer, claim to represent the FDA or other federal agency, tell the customer that buying drugs online is illegal, and that he or she will be charged and arrested if a fine or fee is not paid, usually by a wire transfer to a specified location outside the U.S. The "fees" can range up to six figures, and if the customer balks, the scammer threatens him or her with property seizure, prison, deportation or even physical harm. Persons receiving such calls are advised to ignore them and simply hang up; no victim has ever been physically approached, and no government agency works that way.

More at Fda.gov | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Fake Tamiflu Being Sold Online

Tags: Buying Drugs Online, Medication on the Internet, Internet Scams, FDA Warnings, Extortion Scams

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Heart Healthy?

2 Study on Eunuchs Explains Women’s Longevity

A genealogical study on eunuchs shows that castrated men lived 14 to 19 years longer than non-castrated men with similar socioeconomic status. Experts at Korea University researched the Chosun Dynasty, which ran from 1392 to 1910, and examined the lifespans of 81 eunuchs in service of the court. (Sometimes boys at the time underwent castration in order to serve as eunuchs who lived under the auspices of the court and had access to courtly privileges. They were employed as guards or servants in harems and were allowed to marry and adopt children.) Previous studies have shown that female mammals live longer than males. Scientists speculate that the reason for this is that testosterone weakens the immune system and contributes to heart disease.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Testosterone May Help Older Men Lose Weight

Tags: Lifespan, Longevity, Testosterone, Eunuchs, University of Korea, Korea's Chosun Dynasty, Castration

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Know Your Medical HIstory

3 Pregnancy Problems Higher for Preterm Women

Pregnancy complications are higher for women who were born preterm, says a new study that found that mothers born before 32 weeks gestation had about twice the risk of developing at least one complication during their own pregnancies, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and hypertension. For the study, researchers examined Quebec health records from women born between 1976 and 1995. Of those, 7,400 were born early; 16,700 were born at term. After correcting for the fact that women born preterm had higher rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, researchers found a significantly higher rate of pregnancy complications in preterm women. Researchers stress that women should be aware of their own medical history and that doctors should take this into account when treating them.

More at Thestar.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Low Birth Weight Babies Tend to Be OBese Later On

Tags: Gestation, Gestational Diabetes, Hypertension, Preeclampsia, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Preterm Babies

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