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Free Webinar on Parkinson's Medications Offered by National Parkinson Foundation
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Free Webinar on Parkinson's Medications Offered by National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation has announced that it will offer a free online webinar on Parkinson's Medications on June 20, 2013 (1:00 PM US Eastern Time). Advance registration is required. Following is an announcement of the webinar that Help...

New USFDA Website Warns of Dangers of Buying Drugs Online
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New USFDA Website Warns of Dangers of Buying Drugs Online

Many consumers, especially those who do not have health insurance, may consider purchasing prescription medicines from an online pharmacy -- both to save money and for the convenience of shopping online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has p...

Be Aware of Health Frauds Online
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Be Aware of Health Frauds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers to be careful when buying medicine and other health products online. They advise that some websites sell medicine that may not be safe and could put your health at risk. They also caution “I...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud
Posted by Editor
Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, i...

What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements
Posted by Senior Editor
What You Need to Know About  Dietary Supplements

According to The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases." That means supplements should not make claims, such as reduces 'arthritic pain' or 'treats heart d...

HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State
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HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama's signature Health Care Law - which some call "Obamacare") is benefiting people in your s...

Under Obama's Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces
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Under Obama's Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release yesterday announcing that because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama's signature health care law), nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disa...

Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites
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Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

The U.S. Government's official web portal, USA.gov, indicates that as of July 20, 2011, updated information has been added to several government websites providing information and resources on prescription medications, drug interactions, and coverage o...

New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors
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New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has released a new tool to help consumers reduce medication errors -- a revised booklet, with detachable wallet-sized card, entitled: “Your Medic...

Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes
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Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predom...

How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs
Posted by Senior Editor

Some tips from Medicare.gov on buying generic drugs and entering a discount prescription program. Click 10 ways to reduce your drug costs» See also the ABC Diane Sawuer News Video report on how to cut the cost of medication»

FDA Issues Tips for Caregivers on Medication Management
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FDA Issues Tips for Caregivers on Medication Management

On May 4, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Ten Tips for Caregivers on How to Prevent Accidental Overdose from Over-The-Counter (OTC) liquid medications, at the same time as the Agency released guidelines to OTC drug companies, ai...

New FDA Advisory: Beware Fraudulent Weight-Loss ‘Dietary Supplements’ — They Can Kill You!
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New FDA Advisory: Beware Fraudulent Weight-Loss ‘Dietary Supplements’ — They Can Kill You!

The FDA has recently posted a new consumer advisory, warning that federal regulators have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds which have not been adequately studied i...

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Free Webinar on Parkinson's Medications Offered by National Parkinson Foundation
June 10, 2013 Posted by Editor
Free Webinar on Parkinson's Medications Offered by National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation has announced that it will offer a free online webinar on Parkinson's Medications on June 20, 2013 (1:00 PM US Eastern Time). Advance registration is required. Following is an announcement of the webinar that Help...

Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports
February 19, 2013 Posted by Editor
Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports

"The symptoms of thyroid diseases are so wide-ranging—affecting your mood, energy, body temperature, weight, heart, and more—that it may be difficult to get the correct diagnosis right away," according to the authors of a recent Special Health Repo...

Meningitis Outbreak Expands to 284 Cases; 23 Deaths
October 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
Meningitis Outbreak Expands to 284 Cases; 23 Deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a deadly multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has been linked to steroid injections given for back and joint pain -- frequ...

The FDA's Role in Reviewing the Safety & Efficacy of Dietary Supplements
October 11, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor
The FDA's Role in Reviewing the Safety & Efficacy of Dietary Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes clear that it does not conduct a pre-market review of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements are not approved by the government for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. However, Vasi...

FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online
September 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents "Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed thems...

New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site
August 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

"Many older adults do not successfully make the transition home well and end up returning to the hospital. In fact, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge," according to a new Guide on planning for Ho...

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements
June 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation on June 12, 2012, in which, based on its review of the scientific literature, it declined to recommend Vitamin D and Calcium supplements for prevention of cancer or bone fractures fr...

Free Webinar on Parkinson's Hospital Care Offered by National Parkinson Foundation
March 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
Free Webinar on Parkinson's Hospital Care Offered by National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation (NFP) has announced that it will hold a Free online webinar on how to get the best care for those with Parkinson's disease when they are hospitalized. The Webinar will take place on April 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM (U.S. ...

Coordinated Care
February 25, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor

The Care Connectivity Consortium believes finding a national solution to coordinated care is absolutely essential to health care in America. Watch Dr. Dawn Milliner, Chief Medical Information Officer, Mayo Clinic » 9

New Studies Find Harm to Health from Vitamin Use
October 12, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Studies Find Harm to Health from Vitamin Use

Two new studies published this week in journals of the American Medical Association have found evidence that taking extra doses of vitamin supplements may significantly increase risks to health and longevity. “There really is not any compelling ev...

FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages
September 29, 2011 Posted by Editor
FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "in 2010 there were a record number of shortages of prescription drugs, and ... in 2011, FDA continues to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older sterile inject...

New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication
September 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

On Tuesday, September 20, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS), along with the Ad Council, a non-profit organization, launched a new Questions are the Answer initiative ...

Seniors on Medicare Have Saved $ Millions Due to Affordable Care Act, CMS Reports
September 11, 2011 Posted by Editor
Seniors on Medicare Have Saved $ Millions Due to Affordable Care Act, CMS Reports

In a briefing released on September 8, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported statistics showing that the Affordable Care Act has so far saved Millions of Dollars in prescription drug costs and preventive care for seniors a...

Maximum Dose of Extra Strength Tylenol Lowered from 8 to 6 Pills Per 24 Hours
July 30, 2011 Posted by Editor
Maximum Dose of Extra Strength Tylenol Lowered from 8 to 6 Pills Per 24 Hours

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare subsidiary, the maker of TYLENOL® and Extra Strength TYLENOL® (acetaminophen), announced on July 28, 2011, that it is lowering the maximum daily dose instructions for Extra Strength TYLENOL® from eigh...

FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus
July 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication today, notifying healthcare professionals and patients that the FDA is conducting "an ongoing review of data from published studies" to evaluate whether taking oral osteopor...

Calcium + Vitamin D Reduced Melanoma Risk by 57% in Women with History of Other Skin Cancer
June 28, 2011 Posted by Editor
Calcium + Vitamin D Reduced Melanoma Risk by 57% in Women with History of Other Skin Cancer

A new study led by scientists at Stanford has found that a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of calcium plus 400 IU of vitamin D3 lowered the risk of getting melanoma by 57% in women with a history of other skin cancers, but did not affect the incidence of ...

Tips for Traveling With Diabetes Issued by NIH and CDC
May 20, 2011 Posted by Editor
Tips for Traveling With Diabetes Issued by NIH and CDC

The National Diabetes Education Program, jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), has issued a checklist of tips to help you travel with diabetes. These may be helpful to ...

Studies Find Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk of Heart Attack
April 22, 2011 Posted by Editor
Studies Find Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

New studies, conducted by medical researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, found that post-menopausal women taking calcium supplements (with or without Vitamin D) may be at increased risk of hear...

Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s
April 12, 2011 Posted by Editor
Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s

Attention caregivers for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease: A new study published in the Archives of Neurology found that memantine, a drug commonly prescribed (under the brand name Namenda) for Alzheimer's patients, was not effectiv...

Antiobiotic Resistance
April 8, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Antimicrobial resistance, due to indiscriminate use of existing antibiotics, is an urgent global problem and is the theme for World Health Organization's World Health Day. Watch Dr. James Hughes, IDSA President See also article on "Worst ever presc...

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