Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Flu season shaping up to be brutal - CNBC

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"We're in the midst of what looks like a "very early and pretty aggressive flu season," according to Michael Smith, a doctor and chief medical editor for WebMD.

Flu season occurs during the colder months of the year and typically peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Traffic Stops Persuade People To Avoid Drinking And Driving : Shots - Health News : NPR

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"The study was published online in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The same went for arrests for driving under the influence. The more DUI arrests, the fewer drunken drivers out on the roads.

In large part, Fell says, that's because word spreads quickly. When people know DUI laws are strictly enforced, "They think twice about drinking and driving." And when people see someone pulled to the side of the road by a cop, he adds, they'll likely consider their own speed and sobriety."

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Monday, December 22, 2014

FDA > Buy, Store & Serve Safe Food > Safe Food Handling: What You Need to Know

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"The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually – the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

Since foodborne illness can be serious — or even fatal — it is important for you to know and practice safe food handling behaviors to help reduce your risk of accidentally getting sick from contaminated food."

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Happy Holidays: FDA Moves to Ban Cake, Donut 'Sprinkles' - Breitbart

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"Although the amount of trans fats Americans consume has declined significantly in recent years, the FDA’s quest to completely eliminate a particular type of trans fat threatens to eliminate the noble “sprinkle,” used to decorate holiday treats and donuts. Even a small amount of joy is suspect in the FDA’s brave, new, food-monitored world."

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Healthcare Industry: The Top Target of Cyber Attacks - Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor

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". . . it might come as a surprise that most data breaches occurred within the medical/healthcare category. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 600+ breaches have taken place through October 2014—up nearly 26 percent from 2013. Healthcare providers and organizations account for approximately 42 percent of all breaches with 7.4 million personal records exposed this year alone.

Looking at these numbers it’s hard to argue against the vulnerability of any organization, regardless of their stature. Today, with advanced tools at hackers’ disposal, it’s truly not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ a data breach will materialize."

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Questionable Remedies for Eye Disease - NYTimes.com

RE: slowing the progression of macular degeneration and reducing the risk of vision loss

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"Some contained the right ingredients but not the right doses. Some added other stuff (selenium, B vitamins, grapeseed extract) that hasn’t been shown to slow macular degeneration and might actually reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients that do work. Of the 11 supplements that market research shows were top-sellers, only four duplicated the AREDS formula.

 Moreover, most manufacturers didn’t bother to point out that the AREDS results don’t pertain to everyone with macular degeneration, and that therefore some consumers won’t benefit from these products."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Belly Fat Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death - NYTimes.com

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"As the researchers expected, those who died suddenly had higher rates of other cardiac risk factors, including obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and more. But independent of these factors, those with the highest waist-to-hip ratio had more than double the risk of sudden cardiac death compared with those in the normal range. The increased risk was apparent only in nonsmokers."

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FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk – WebMD

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"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new blood test that can help determine a person's future odds for heart attack and other heart troubles.

The test is designed for people with no history of heart disease, and it appears to be especially useful for women, and black women in particular, the agency said."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eager-to-please Indian manufacturers creating GMP chaos says expert - iPT

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"The problem is “cultural,” said Shah, originally from India and now head of UK-based Sigma, speaking afterwards to in-Pharmatechnologist.com.

“The classic thing in India is these guys will never say no. You will say to them, ‘I need this done,’ and they’ll say ‘Of course.’”

The result is delays and frustration from buyers, he said."

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The Top 15 Medical Device Deficiencies Cited by FDA in 2014 | RAPS

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"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released data on the observations it makes during inspections of medical device facilities, indicating the most common issues faced by medical device companies.

Total 483s Issued Declines for First Time in Six Years"

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FY 2014 Inspectional Observation Summaries - Number of 483s Issued from the System (Inspections ending between 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM and 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM)

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