August 2, 2013

Commonly Used by Military

1 Anti-Malaria Drug Slapped with Strict Warning

The FDA has ordered that mefloquine hydrochloride, an anti-malaria drug routinely given to U.S. troops, be slapped with a black box label reserved for drugs with high risks of serious side effects. The agency said some neurological and psychological effects of the drug can be long lasting. One study found that 29% of travelers who took it experienced dizziness, seizures, anxiety, depression or insomnia. The drug is linked to violent behavior and some think it may have played a role in the March 11, 2012 killing of 16 Afghan civilians by Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Epidemiologist Dr. Remington Nevin, a leading critic of the drug, said that hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have taken it. "Now the military needs to take responsibility to clean up the toxic mess it's created," he said.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: One Dose Antimalarial Drug Effective in Mice

Tags: Anxiety, Depression, Dizziness, Drug Side Effects, Food and Drug Administration, Malaria Vaccine, Seizures, Violent Behavior, Dr. Remington Nevin, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Mefloquine Hydrochloride, Black Box Label

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Indoor Air Pollution

2 Smoke from Incense Causes Lung Inflammation

Smoke from burning incense causes indoor air pollution that may result in inflammation in human lung cells say researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Previous studies have linked incense with eye, nose, throat and skin irritation; respiratory symptoms including asthma; changes in lung cell structure and headaches. Indoor air pollution is a real concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than one million people die each year from chronic obstructive respiratory disease cause by pollutants from cook stoves. Burning incense releases similar pollutants, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and oxides of nitrogen. Researchers recommend that people who burn incense should open a door or window to ventilate their homes and produce better air flow.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Shed Skin Reduces Indoor Air Pollution

Tags: Asthma, COPD, Headaches, Indoor Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems, Incense, Inflammation in Lung Cells, Changes in Lung Cell Structure

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A Picture Is Worth ...

3 Visual Images of Skin Cancer Prompt Exams

Skin self-examination is important in the early detection of skin cancer, say health experts. And now a new research paper from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo finds that visual images of different types of skin cancer prompts people to regularly check their own moles. "Visual images capture our attention and are persuasive. They also help us to learn and remember," said co-author Professor Laurie Hoffman-Goetz, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. The research paper also reports that providing text descriptions alone were not effective in promoting skin self-exams. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the North America. The paper’s findings could influence public awareness and the way doctors educate their patients about skin cancer.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: UV Nail Lamps May Be Linked to Skin Cancer

Tags: Skin Cancer, University of Waterloo, Skin Self Exams, Professor Laurie Hoffman-Goetz, Public Awareness of Skin Cancer

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