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Acetaminophen found to cause dangerous skin reactions in some people

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A warning for people who take acetaminophen for fever and pain: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that the drug causes rare but possibly fatal skin reactions in some people.

The anti-pain medication, also known as paracetamol, is found in drugs like Tylenol, Panadol, Feverall, among others. It is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter pain medications.

Three skin conditions have been linked to the analgesic: the Stevens-Johnson Syndrom (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP). The third is the least worrisome of the reactions as it usually resolves within two weeks of discontinuing the use of acetaminophen. The first two require hospitalizations because they can be fatal.

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People adversely affected by the medication will first experience flu-like symptoms of fever and muscle aches. This will then be followed by rashes, blistering, and then shedding of the skin, which carries the risk of infection. Patients may also experience scarring, skin pigment changes, blindness, and organ damage. Full recovery may take weeks or months.

The FDA reminds the public that the warning serves neither to worry consumers and healthcare professionals, nor to encourage the use of other medications. It is an urgent call for people who experience skin symptoms to immediately discontinue their use of the drug and see a health expert to avoid the worst possible outcomes.

 

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Obesity: Acknowledging the problem

With rising obesity rates in the US, viewpoints have arisen on how best to tackle the problem. Questions like ‘whose problem is it really?’ and ‘who is to blame?’ inform the search for solutions. Fast food and soda companies have taken criticisms in the swirl of discussions, as their products have been deemed the key culprits to obesity.

 

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In their defense, food and beverage companies have come up with promotional materials highlighting healthy lifestyles to combat obesity rates. This move, however, is still seen as problem avoidance. Alexandra Sifferlin recently pointed out in a TIME article that these promotional materials merely impute irresponsibility on consumers.

 

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Naturally, these companies cannot be expected to shoulder all of the blame in the interest of protecting their businesses. However, they could do better than current initiatives to inform consumers of the effect of soda and fast food on overall health and wellbeing.

By accepting their liabilities and by sending the right messages to consumers, food and beverage companies can keep their loyal customers while discouraging unhealthy eating habits such as overconsumption and a preference for only one type of food.

 

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Red wine during pregnancy OK, says study

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The advice from experts for pregnant women to avoid any kind of alcohol during pregnancy still holds, but for women who are fans of red wine, there is now a study that found that moderate drinking of wine while pregnant may not do much harm to the unborn child.

According to studies, red wine contains some compounds that help lower a person’s risk of diabetes and heart disease. Resveratrol, a compound in wine, has also been tagged as a healthy compound. It helped boost heart health because it lowered blood cholesterol and fought off free radicals that promoted blockages in heart vessels.

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Given these, it may be difficult for some enthusiasts to give up drinking red wine all of a sudden while pregnant. The study, found on the journal BMJ Open, tested for balance problems in children born to mothers who drank moderately during pregnancy. According to the authors of the study, having trouble with balance may indicate problems with brain development in utero.

The findings of this recently published study were in line with previous studies that reported that moderate drinking while pregnant was not linked to declines in intelligence, attention, and self-control of the child. Still, the researchers noted that there may be other factors, like the mother’s genes or socioeconomic status, which led to the results.

Given that the safe level of consumption remains undefined, expectant mothers are still advised to gradually reduce their wine consumption while the baby is still developing in their womb. They can continue to enjoy the benefits of wine after the baby is born.

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The edge that vegetarians may have over meat eaters

According to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, vegetarianism may indeed help people live longer.

 

 

Researchers from Loma Linda University in California studied a group of 70,000 participants and found that vegetarians had a 12 percent lower risk of death compared with nonvegetarians. Previous research have linked vegetarian diets to lowering the risk factors for developing various chronic illnesses such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

 

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Apart from the health benefits of vegetables, which have long been considered as among the healthiest food groups, the researchers are also looking into the effects of the absence or reduction of meat intake.

Various studies have also linked red meat to higher mortality because of its saturated fat and cholesterol content. A recent study has also found that carnitine in meat also ends up clogging a person’s arteries after being metabolized by bacteria in the gut.

However, the researchers also admit that further studies are necessary to find out the full details of the mechanics that contribute to the lowered risk of death in individuals. Some biological factors could also be at play, as the link between vegetarian diet and lower mortality rates was found to be stronger in men than in women.

 

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The links between diet and longevity may not be as clear cut as many people think. More studies will have to be conducted to improve understanding of what exactly affects a person’s mortality rate, and the data can be used to better inform people of how they can live their longer, fuller lives.

 

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REPOST: Extra Fiber for Stroke Protection

A new study shows that increased dietary fiber intake would significantly reduce the risk of stroke. This New York Times article by Nicholas Bakalar shares more about it:

Eating high-fiber foods may protect against stroke, a new analysis of research suggests.

The data, pooled from eight observational studies, all with at least three years of follow-up, indicated that each seven-gram increase in daily fiber intake reduced the risk of a first stroke by about 7 percent. The findings were published in the journal Stroke.

Water soluble fiber — the kind found in beans, nuts and other foods — reduced the risk substantially, and insoluble fiber and cereal fiber reduced it slightly. Fruits and vegetables contain both types of fiber, though there was not enough data on those foods considered separately to draw valid conclusions about their effect.

“We don’t know which form is the most beneficial,” said the senior author, Victoria J. Burley, a senior lecturer in nutritional epidemiology at the University of Leeds in England.


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According to background information in the study, the current average fiber intake in the United States is about 13 grams a day for women and 17 for men. Increasing these amounts by seven grams a day would bring them close to the recommended levels of 21 to 25 grams for women and 30 to 38 for men.

“Seven grams a day increase is an achievable goal,” Dr. Burley said. “You’re talking about swapping white bread for whole wheat or increasing vegetable and fruit by two portions a day.”

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Keep on walking: How consistent physical activity helps the body stay fit

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Recent studies on the required amounts of physical activity for a healthy body show that brisk walking may be enough for some people. The government recommendation for physical activity is at least 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic exercise per week, and many people have taken to running as a way to meet this suggestion. Only less than half of the population consistently meets the requirement, which may signal a rather bleak outlook for the health of the nation.
However, a study that was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, revealed that people who regularly walked also had lowered risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

 

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The new findings are more encouraging, given that more people may find brisk walking more appealing and more sustainable than vigorous running. As far as health benefits go, the researchers also found that sustainability may be the most important aspect to any physical ability as the type of exercise may not be as important as how much people engage in their chosen activity.

Walking as a form of physical exertion is easier to include into one’s daily routine while a more vigorous activity like running may easily be considered as tiresome, and is subsequently dropped by many people.

 

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The Centers for Disease Control, meanwhile, previously published a report on walking as the most commonly reported physical activity among adults in the US. One important detail that can be obtained in the report is the amount of walking required to reach the physical activity recommendations. According to the report, people who walked “more than an hour a week were nearly four times more likely to get the minimum amount of recommended exercise.” More time spent walking, however, should also increase the health benefits.

 

 

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Factors that hinder the growth of medical travel in countries

Medical facilities and services have become an important factor to the development of tourism worldwide. The governments of various countries are re-examining the strengths of their hospitals and the quality of care that they provide, searching for areas that they can invest in for further development, as they highlight the unique features of their country in advertisements – all in an effort to become more attractive to health and medical travelers.

 

 

Indeed, there is much at stake with the development of medical tourism in countries. Growth in this sector has great potential in boosting the economic resilience of a nation due to the generation of jobs. However, in spite of the best efforts of many countries, there are still many factors that can impede the growth of their medical travel industry.

Government policy and regulations on tourism continue to play an important part in the development of medical travel. A country may wish to attract more people to its hospitals, but too strict policies on tourism may drive a significant number of foreign patients away.

 

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Meanwhile, the details related to quality of care remain invisible to travelers when the country has a reputation of being unsafe. Medical travelers do not interact solely with the medical institutions when they come to visit, and so increasing efforts in reducing crime and violence is necessary for growth in the sector.

Other than concerns on safety and the quality of care, comfort and convenience also remain a priority for many medical travelers. Factors like the availability of rental cars, the state of hotels, or the presence of ATMs that accept Visa credit cards can affect the consumer’s decision to travel to a certain country.

 

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