Medications

The FDA announced that acetaminophen has been connected to several skin disorders that could be fatal. Over-the-counter pain relievers have generally been thought to be safe for most to take, but recently the federal agency has been receiving reports that people taking the drug are developing rashes, blisters, and other adverse conditions.
Civic leaders want Jackson County taxpayers to approve a 20-year, half-cent sales tax to recruit top medical researchers to Kansas City area hospitals and campuses. The goal: to generate new therapies and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development. Read more here.
Ohio health authorities have added an immune disorder to the state's newborn screenings.The Ohio Department of Health says screening began July 29 for severe combined immunodeficiency disorder. The screening is done with specimens already collected for testing for 35 other disorders. Read more here.
Drugmaker Merck & Co.'s second-quarter profit fell by half as generic competition slashed revenue from several older medicines and sales of its top drug barely budged. Read more here.
Officials at Shands Hospital in Gainesville have closed down the burn unit after they say a bacterial outbreak infected eight patients. Read more here.
Actress Charlize Theron has pledged her support in the campaign against AIDS during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma.Read more here.
Like her patients at the University of Pennsylvania, radiation oncologist Neha Vapiwala applauded the recent approval of a new drug for men with late-stage prostate cancer that has spread to their bones. The novel drug opens the door to a new class of radiation-emitting therapies with "great potential" to treat other cancers, and perhaps nonmalignant conditions that affect bones, Vapiwala said.
Two cases of a parasite infection that can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms have been reported in Jackson and Taney counties, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday. Read more here.
“It’s the right thing to do and it is the right time to do it,” Virginia Commonwealth University pediatric surgeon David Lanning said Monday night of VCU’s plans to build a freestanding children’s hospital, addressing a roomful of doctors and others at a meeting on the topic.
Do you take a particular medication on a regular basis? If so, it could be affecting your nutrient needs. Read more here.

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