Reminder: Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Weekend

General Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
Americans are being encouraged to gather expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets this Saturday and take them to one of the more than 4,000 drop-off sites around the country. The national "Take-Back" campaign is part of the effort to reduce the growing problem of teen abuse of prescription drugs, the Associated Press reported. "We have an epidemic," said acting Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Michele Leonhart. The DEA is working on the "Take-Back" with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and thousands of state and local agencies. "Our research shows that the No. 1 source of medicines that kids abuse is their own home medicine cabinet or a family member or friend's home," Steve Pasierb, president of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, told the AP. Americans…
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Got a Tattoo? Then Be Sure to Get a Hepatitis C Test!

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
The global fad for tattoos, particularly among young people, is growing -- and along with it the risk of acquiring hepatitis C, according to a multinational study. A systematic review of 124 published studies from 30 countries found that people with tattoos were almost three times as likely to have hepatitis C as those without tattoos, according to Dr. Jane Buxton of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver and colleagues. Here are the details in a report from MedPage Today: But in some subgroups -- particularly non-injection drug users -- the odds of having the virus were almost six-fold, Buxton and colleagues wrote online in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. In recent years, tattoos have become increasingly popular. An estimated 36 percent of Americans under 30 have…
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ED Supplement Causes “Worrisome” Heartbeat Changes

Alternative Medicine, Men's Health
Enzyte, a popular dietary supplement marketed for "male enhancement," causes electrical abnormalities in the heart that could be potentially fatal in some people, new research suggests. Doctors should tell their patients not to use the product until more safety information is available, Dr. Brian F. McBride of Loyola University Chicago in Maywood, Illinois, and his colleagues conclude. Vianda, the Cincinnati-based company that makes Enzyte, did not respond to calls or emails seeking comment. Here are the details from Reuters Health: According to Vianda's Web site, Enzyte promotes "firmer, stronger, fuller-feeling erections." The company also states that "over 5 million men worldwide" use the supplement. But, because Enzyte is a dietary supplement, the company is NOT required to provide data to back up claims of its effectiveness. Under U.S. law, dietary supplements…
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Male Enhancement Supplement Has Undeclared Prescription ED Drug

Alternative Medicine, Men's Health
Makers of a supplement marketed as a male sexual enhancement product issued a voluntary recall of the product after an FDA analysis found undeclared traces of sulfoaildenafil, an analog to the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil. The supplement Prolatis is considered an unapproved drug because of the unlisted ingredient. Like its analog, sulfoaildenafil may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure in patients taking nitrates. Here are the details from MedPage Today: The product was sold in double blister packs and 40-count bottles. All products manufactured before Aug. 9, 2010 are included in the recall. The manufacturer of Prolatis has not received any adverse event reports related to the product recall, the company said in a prepared statement. The company asked consumers to return the product for a full credit toward a new item.
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