Medications

Mercury, a neurotoxicant, has been banned from skin products in the United States since the 1970s. But those products remain unregulated outside the country, and use of them can be especially hazardous for mothers-to-be, new UCSF research suggests.
 Are so-called “designer drugs” still a problem?
 Dietary supplements such as Anatabloc, fish oil capsules and vitamin D pills fall under different regulations than drugs.
AGING Study foresees care needs in final years Baby Boomers may end up living longer than their parents did, but a long life doesn't necessarily mean a healthy one. Many people, especially women, will spend their final years depending on someone else for daily care, according to a new study by researchers at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
Vaccine Needle
The rate at which teenage girls were infected by certain strains of the most common sexually transmitted virus has dropped sharply since a vaccine was introduced, even though immunization rates are relatively low, according to a new government study.
Many poor children in Wyoming do not get routine dental care, a report from a national research group shows. The Pew Charitable Trust recently published a study of access to dental care for low-income children. And access in Wyoming could get worse because so many dentists are old enough to retire, said Jane Koppelman, research director of the trust’s children’s dental campaign.
University of Maine researcher Marie Hayes says she has been criticized for her opinion that methadone programs should incorporate birth control for addicted women. To read more, click here.
When Anne’s baby boy was born at Eastern Maine Medical Center, his little body began a painstaking withdrawal from narcotics. In his first days of life, the infant unwittingly craved the methadone his mother began taking during her pregnancy to help her kick an addiction to prescription painkillers.
VCU Medical Center and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital tied as the top Virginia hospital in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Hospitals rankings. For more information, click here.
Photo © 2013 Black Knight International
(Photo © 2013 Black Knight International)

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