Tuesday, October 15, 2019
General Healthcare News

General Healthcare News

Talc Cancer Risk Spreads to Popular Cosmetics

As Johnson & Johnson continues to fight allegations that the talc in its Baby Powder contains cancer-causing asbestos, two cosmetics manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls of popular products in which recent FDA testing revealed asbestos contamination.According to a recent FDA notification, the products in question...

“It’s Deja Vu All Over Again” – Is the History of Big Tobacco Repeating With e-Cigarettes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “vaping” among teenagers nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018. Today, more than 20 percent of high school students admit to having used e-cigarette products. That translates into 3 million underage youth who have been drawn into the practice of “vaping,” allegedly due to aggressive,...

FDA Orders Flavored “Vape Juices” Pulled From the Market

As part of its efforts to prevent underage youth from using e-cigarette products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered four manufacturers to stop sales of over 40 different flavored vape liquids. The agency cites violations of regulations that were instituted in 2016, although enforcement has...

The (Literally) Dirty Little Secret About Duodenoscopes

The duodenoscope is a very handy invention which allows physicians to see “inside” a patient’s digestive tract and makes it easier to diagnose pancreatic diseases and gall bladder issues. However, there is one major problem. They are virtually impossible to sterilize.Because of this, thousands of patients...

Florida Pharmacy Faces Federal Lawsuit Involving Abilify

A US Attorney in Florida has filed federal lawsuits against a Jacksonville pharmacy and its parent company over allegations that the anti-psychotic medication Abilify (aripiprazole) was improperly added as an ingredient to a proprietary topical pain relief compound. The situation was brought to the government's attention by an employee. The lawsuits were...

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Fell By 3 Percent Last Year: Why?

According to a recent analysis from Georgetown University, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) declined from 74.6 million in January of last year to 72.4 million in January of 2019, representing a drop of approximately 3 percent. It also means that some 860,000 children of low-income families...

Unintended Consequences of the ACA: Surprise Medical Bills

Let us be clear on one thing: the Affordable Care Act, for all its shortcomings, has successfully allowed more Americans to access medical care services than ever before in U.S. history. That said, it was a compromise, and is no substitute for the same guaranteed right to health care enjoyed by...

Despite Demonstrated Dangers, Robotic Surgery Continues to Grow in Popularity

“Minimally invasive” robotic surgery has been around since the early 1980s. A major breakthrough was achieved in 2006 when a robot with artificial intelligence successfully carried out heart surgery remotely on a patient in Italy.Robotics have proven effective in many kinds of surgeries, but in one area,...

Alternative to Statin Drugs On the Horizon

The New England Journal of Medicine has potentially good news this month for patients struggling with elevated LDL cholesterol levels and are sensitive to the side effects of statin drugs (of which there are many). It concerns a new medication that has been under investigation for the treatment of high cholesterol...

Could Side Effects of Prescription Medicines Be Due to Gluten Intolerance?

Bad reactions resulting from unanticipated side effects have been in the news a great deal in recent years. A fair number of new prescriptions have serious and even life-threatening side effects – such as gliflozin drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes, the antipsychotic medication aripiprazole, and proton pump inhibitors indicated for...