January 17, 2014

Says New Government Report

1 Smoking: Even Unhealthier Than We Thought

A new surgeon general's report greatly enlarges the list of diseases and health problems that cigarette smoking causes in a significant number of cases. These include diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, ectopic pregnancy, erectile dysfunction, tuberculosis, impaired immune function, vision loss, rheumatoid arthritis, and cleft palates in the children of women smokers. The new entries on the list join such established smokers' maladies as lung cancer, heart disease, bladder cancer and cervical cancer. The report coincides with the 50th anniversary of the landmark surgeon general's report in 1964 which for the first time declared that smoking causes lung cancer, and is considered to be a highly accurate and comprehensive analysis of the most current scientific evidence.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: New Study Links Smoking and Low IQ Scores

Tags: Smoking and Diabetes, Diseases from Smoking, Surgeon General's Report on Smoking, Cigarettes Linked to Many Diseases

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Asks Docs to Curb Prescriptions

2 FDA Warns of Liver Failure from Acetaminophen

Taking too much acetaminophen can lead to liver failure, warns the FDA. The organization has asked doctors to stop prescribing medications that combine opioids with more than 325 mg. of acetaminophen per dose, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine. The warning does not apply to OTC meds which will be addressed in another action, says the FDA which set the recommended maximum dosage of acetaminophen for adults at 4,000 mg./day or the amount in eight Extra Strength Tylenol. The FDA warns consumers to avoid taking more than one acetaminophen product at a time, to avoid taking more than the prescribed dose of any acetaminophen-containing drug, to check ingredients of all medications to prevent overdosing and to avoid alcohol while taking acetaminophen.

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

Previously: Acetaminophen Linked to Rare Skin Reactions

Tags: Acetaminophen, Acetaminophen Overdose, Codeine, FDA, Hydrocodone Combined with Acetaminophen, Liver Damage, Liver Failure Due to Acetaminophen Use, Opioids, Oxycodone, FDA Advisory

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Even a Little Buzzed Is Unsafe

3 Minimally Buzzed Drivers to Blame on Road

Drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) 0.01 percent are 46 percent more likely to take the official and sole blame of traffic accidents compared with the sober drivers they collide with, find researchers. This group of “minimally buzzed” drivers have a BAC that’s well below the legal limit of 0.08. Researchers also found that blame for accidents increases steadily from BAC 0.01 to 0.24 percent. Researchers were able to use what they term as “natural experiments,” which were two-vehicle collisions that happened between a sober and drinking driver. Since the weather and road conditions were the same at the time of the accident, the experiment is automatically standardized to avoid some confounding variables. The study is published in Injury Prevention by the British Medical Journal.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teenage Alcohol Use Tied to Benign Breast Disease

Tags: Injury Prevention, Buzzed Driving, Minimally Buzzed Drivers, Legal BAC, Blood Alcohol Content

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CA Women Face Vague Pricing

4 Mystery: Cost to Have Baby in Hospital

For women giving birth in a hospital in California, there’s really no telling what the hospital bill may be, find researchers who uncovered big price differences. In California, women who had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery were charged between $3,296 and $37,227 depending on the hospital they used. For a C-section, women had to pay between $8,312 and almost $71,000. Researchers say that few of the women in the study had serious health issues, and most left the hospital within six days. The medical costs of giving birth in the state are very difficult to predict, even in the same geographic area. This "notoriously opaque" system makes it difficult to compare prices ahead of delivery, say the study authors. The study was published online at BMJ Open.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Babies of Older Mothers at Greater Risk for Autism

Tags: BMJ Open, How Much Cost Give Birth Hospital, Cost Hospital Birth, Comparison Shopping Birth Hospitals, UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies

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