March 14, 2013

Deadly Irregular Heart Rhythms

1 Z-Pak Linked to Heart Risk, Warns FDA

Azithromycin, an antibiotic popularly known as Zithromax or Z-Pak, may cause changes in the heart’s electrical activity that could lead to potentially deadly heart rhythms in some patients, warned the FDA. Those at risk include people with low blood levels of magnesium or potassium and people with slower than normal heart rates. Pfizer, manufacturer of the antibiotic, updated the drug’s label with information attesting to this risk. Said the company in a statement, it’s “important to note that the majority of patients treated with Zithromax are not affected by this label update.” Zithromax is often prescribed to treat ear, lung, skin, throat, sinus and reproductive organ infections and has also been associated with side effects including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

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

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Tags: Antibiotics, Azithromycin, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, Z-Pak, Zithromax, Z-Pak and Heart Risk, Magnesium Deficiency, Potassium Deficiency, Abnormal Heart Rhythm

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Iceland Friendly, Bolivia Not

2 Most Unfriendly Countries for Tourists Ranked

International travel is stressful enough without being met with rudeness, so know which countries are welcoming and which are not. Stress isn't heathy for the body, making the friendliness of other countries something to consider before planning your next vacation. Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, after all! According to a new report, "Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013" by the World Economic Forum, the most unfriendly country for tourists is Bolivia. Other unfriendly countries include Venezuela, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Latvia, Iran, Pakistan, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria and Mongolia. The most friendly country is Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Morocco, Macedonia, Austria, Senegal, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland and Burkina Faso.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Macedonia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Latvia, Iran, Pakistan, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Morocco, Austria, Senegal, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vacations in Iceland, Most Friendly Countries, Least Friendly Countries

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