The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered more than 500 prescription cough, cold and allergy products off the market Wednesday, saying its office had not evaluated the medication for safety, effectiveness and quality.
“Removing these unapproved products from the market will reduce potential risks to consumers,” said Deborah Autor, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a news release from the agency.
The FDA said removing the products from the market poses no harm to consumers, but taking the unapproved drugs may put the health of people at risk. More
Bad news, allergy sufferers — your torture time is about to be seem even more interminable, and climate change is to blame. “A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows a link between warming temperatures and a longer ragweed pollen season,” according to TIME. As if there weren’t already enough reasons to be bummed out about global warming.
But before you start building yourself a hermetically-sealed bubble to keep out that nasty pollen, try one of these ten allergy home remedies that are all available over the counter, if not in your very own kitchen. (As always, consult with a health care practitioner before embarking on any new herbal regimen.) Sure, seeing a doc may defeat the purpose of exploring at-home allergy remedies, but you could be thankful when your face doesn’t swell to the size of a Mardi Gras mask due to a medicinal interaction. More
Three years ago, I was five months into life with my first kid, starting a new part-time gig, and smack in the midst of perfecting a book proposal. I was overworked, overtired, and completely overwhelmed. And then I got sick. Not stuffy nose and sore throat kind of sick, but lie-down-on-the-floor-because-the-room-spinning-and-I-forgot-my-name sick. That’s when I realized that I didn’t have a doctor. Well, at least not one I could call at a moment’s notice.
Desperate and miserable, I remembered a friend telling me about the CVS Minute Clinic (available in 24 states and D.C.) and, fever rising, I drove directly to the nearest location and promptly passed out in the pharmacy (true). After I regained consciousness, downed a Coke, and stretched out on the exam room’s foldout table, I was tended to by not one, but two nurse practitioners. They determined the cause of my collapse (a blood-pressure drop due to some cold medication); they diagnosed me with double ear infections and a bad upper respiratory infection. Then they called my Dad (my husband was an hour away at a work meeting) to come pick me up. Prescriptions in hand, I climbed into the car and was driven home. The next day I received a call on my cell phone from the clinic making sure that I hadn’t had any more fainting spells. A week later, I received a handwritten note in the mail from the nurse practitioners, thanking me for coming in and making sure that I was feeling better. More
Rest. Drink lots of fluids. This is pretty much standard get-well advice from doctors and mothers around the world when it comes to the common cold. Getting lots of rest may very well help you feel better sooner, but according to The New York Times, a recent study by a team of Australian scientists argues that drinking extra fluids during a cold may not do much good at all in terms of healing. While they admit that keeping hydrated while sick is important, they believe the “drink more fluids” line needs to be studied more closely to determine its validity. It appears that our well-meaning docs (and moms) may have been dispensing bad medical advice to us all along. So what methods to you use to try to beat the common cold? Take our poll:
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If you happen to be traveling in the U.K. these days, you may want to bring along some over-the-counter cold and flu medicine. In just the last week, there’s been a 60% increase in people who are critically ill with the flu in Britain (from 460 to 738). Most of those patients had not been vaccinated and were in high-risk groups for certain strains of the flu. In all, almost 40 people in the U.K. died from the flu in 2010.
I just spent the Christmas holidays in London and Brighton, and can personally attest that everywhere I went (hotel, pub, restaurant, shop, train, tube) there was at least one person sitting next to me who was sneezing into a tissue or coughing into a handkerchief. (I also went to Paris, and the same was true there.) More
Smokes, burgers, no exercise, not enough sleep. While you can’t exactly undo the damage you so deftly did yesterday, you can lessen some of the negative effects. Here are four ways to kick your bad habits and avoid a total health hangover. We call do-overs.
You had the double-bacon-cheeseburger-with-fries special.
One burger every now and then isn’t going to do any damage. Not much, anyway. In a study at the University of Miami, men and women who ate just one high-fat meal had an 81% increase in artery-clogging triglycerides and damage to blood vessels a few hours later. So imagine what happens when you repeatedly go cheeseburger-crazy. More
Check out this post on possible stroke triggers by Deborah Huso on AOL Health.
Tossing back a few drinks during a night out with friends. Coming down with a cold or the flu. These might seem like harmless and seemingly unrelated events. But they all have something in common: They could raise your risk of having a stroke — at least temporarily, a new study examining stroke triggers finds. More
Every year around this time, a question (debate, really) emerges among the health-conscious: To get the flu shot, or not to get the flu shot? That is the question. Some vehemently swear that they stay healthy by avoiding the vaccine, while others get pricked with an annual flu shot no matter what. We know you’ve got an opinion about the flu vaccine, so take our poll and tell us what you think. More