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Red Meat

The Effect Of Red Meat On The Mortality And Life Expectancy

Red Meat; A new large-scale review of data on red meat consumption and mortality; suggests that increasing intake of red meat; especially if it is processing, increases the risk of death from any cause. However, the researchers also found that replacing a small proportion of red meat with fish, legumes; and whole grains can improve…

Plastic Problem

European Commission Grants Prize To Tackle Plastic Problem

Plastic Problem; the researchers are working as part of an international consortium led by Aston University and have been awarded over half a million pounds; but from the European Commission as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. There is an estimated 5.25 trillion particles of plastic floating in the Earth’s oceans; which is threatening the…

Tetrodotoxin Finding In Pufferfish Providing Potent Pain Relief

Tetrodotoxin Finding In Pufferfish Providing Potent Pain Relief

The research study in rats offering up a possible alternative, involving an otherwise lethal pufferfish toxin; as opioids remaining as an mainstay of treatment for chronic and surgical pain; despite their side effects and risk for addiction and overdose. Tetrodotoxin finding in pufferfish providing potent pain relief when given properly ;While conventional local anesthetics block pain…

Liquorice Tea

Liquorice Tea May Cause A Rise In Blood Pressure

Liquorice tea is a popular herbal tea consume in large parts of the Western world. While the concentrations of licorice are low in tea; but there have been studies showing that consuming large quantities of licorice may cause a rise in blood pressure. Now, a case report of a man admitted with hypertensive emergency after…

Overdose Deaths

Overdose Deaths: Polysubstance And Opioid Overdose

Overdose Deaths; a new study led by Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction shows that opioid-related overdose; deaths involving another substance is now the norm, not the exception, in Massachusetts. The researchers analyzed opioid overdose death data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; which showed that 82% of those deaths involved an opioid…

Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements Causes More Harm Than Good

Dietary Supplements; this week, two independent reports highlight the hidden dangers associated with widely available dietary supplements. The new research studies have revealed serious consequences of young people taking dietary supplements sold for weight loss; but or muscle building and the FDA issued a warning for the use of periwinkle extract during pregnancy. The supplements…

Adverse Drug Reactions

Unnecessarily High Risk Of Alcohol-Related Adverse Drug Reactions

People who drink alcohol while using medications that interact with it are higher risk of harm from overdose; falls, and traffic accidents. In recent years, there has been a documented increase in alcohol-related adverse drug reactions and acute emergency room admissions. One group of medicines, known as central nervous system (CNS) depressants; was implicating in…

Air Pollution leads to birth defects

Air Pollution Linked To High Risks For Birth Defects

A study came from the Texas A&M University researchers that shows that the harmful particulate matter present in the atmosphere due to air pollution could lead to birth defects and even still births during pregnancy. They used animal models to prove their theories. The study results were published in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings…

Antibiotics

Large Number Of Common Antibiotics Found In River

Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels by up to 300 times; the first ever global study has discovered. Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents; and found antibiotics at 65% of the sites monitored. Metronidazole, which is used to treat…

Opiate Overdose

Patients At High Risk of Opiate Overdose Do Not Receive Naloxone Rx

Nationally, drug overdose deaths increased 11.4% from 2014 to 2015. Of the more than 52 000 drug overdose deaths in 2015, more than 60% involved opioids. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, is effective at reversing potentially fatal respiratory depression in individuals who have overdosed. But naloxone is easy to use, safe, and cost-effective. Naloxone training and distribution…

Trace Metal

Trace Metal Exposure Among Pregnant Women in Canada

The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study that measured pregnant women’s exposure to environmental contaminants in northeastern British Columbia, an area of intensive natural-gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The study, directed by Marc-André Verner, a professor at the School of Public Health (ESPUM); of…

Kratom

Kratom Used During Pregnancy Might Have Adverse Effect On Babies

In the past couple of years, two newborn babies in Buffalo experienced withdrawal; as a result of their exposure to kratom in utero. One was describe in a case report by University at Buffalo physicians; published earlier this month in the Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. It was titled “Natural drugs, not so natural effects; neonatal…