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Soon, Centre to add 100 more drugs to over-the-counter list
Drugs likely to get off prescription will initially include those commonly used for cold, cough and analgesics such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - September 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Flu warning: Your persistent cough could be THIS deadly genetic condition
FLU symptoms include a cough and stuffy nose, but they are also signs of a deadly genetic condition called cystic fibrosis. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BU: Resurgence of whooping cough may owe to vaccine's inability to prevent infections
(Boston University School of Medicine) The startling global resurgence of pertussis, or whooping cough, in recent years can largely be attributed to the immunological failures of acellular vaccines, Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers argue in a new journal article. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns about serious risks and death when combining opioid pain or cough medicines with benzodiazepines; requires its strongest warning
[8-31-2016] A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS) has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Gulf spill oil dispersants associated with health symptoms in cleanup workers
(NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study appeared online Sept. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives and is the first research to examine dispersant-related health symptoms in humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Lung cancer and cough: What is the connection?
In this article, we look at the connection between coughing and lung cancer, including the causes of coughing, symptoms of lung cancer, and treatments. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lung Cancer Source Type: news

The Internet Had Some Criticism of the Emmys ‘In Memoriam’ Segment
Many people on Twitter took issue with the Emmys’ “In Memoriam” segment Sunday night after a few notable omissions. The ceremony’s annual tradition of honoring the lives of those the industry lost during the previous year faced some backlash online when critics were quick to take to social media to note some conspicuous absences. Among them were iconic comedian and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory, Sopranos star Frank Vincent, Chappelle’s Show actor Charlie Murphy, Happy Days star Erin Moran and character actor Harry Dean Stanton, who died just days ago on Sept. 15. I was watching the bea...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ashley Hoffman Tags: Uncategorized celebrities emmys 2017 viral Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: Sept. 15, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From Acera Surgical and Telos Medical’s partnership to Xtant Medical’s 510(k) clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. Acera Surgical partners with Telos Medical for Restrata wound matrix trial Telos Partners announced in a Sept. 14 press release that Acera Surgical has chosen Telos to lead its Restrata wound matrix study. The study will surgery the clinical outcomes of Restrata treatments for diabetic foot ulcers and test for effectiveness and safety. Restrata is a fully synthetic wound matrix that is FDA-cleared for ...
Source: Mass Device - September 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Business/Financial News Clinical Trials Dental Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Acera Surgical Contego Medical Fresenius MedTech OBP Medical Pinnacle Sciences Plusoptix Telos Source Type: news

Chest X-Ray Reveals Large Pleural Mass
A 70-year-old woman with no history of smoking or asbestos exposure presented with dyspnea on exertion, nonproductive cough, left-sided pleuritic chest pain, and fatigue. Chest radiography revealed a large left pleural effusion and a mass in the left lower lobe. Chest CT confirmed a pleural-based mass of 7.8 × 5.5 cm invading the anterior chest wall. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - September 15, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mehmet Sitki Copur, MD Tags: Image IQ Source Type: news

Flu jab warning: NHS warns of MAJOR outbreak - getting vaccinated could be life-saving
FLU jabs can protect against unpleasant symptoms - which include a temperature, cough and headaches - and even death. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain infection: Cough and chest pain could be symptoms of THIS deadly condition
COUGH and chest pain are just two of the symptoms of a potentially deadly infection can be caused by breathing in airbourne fungi. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Outbreaks of whooping cough are on the rise in the US. Review the diagnosis, prevention, and optimal treatment of this potentially serious respiratory infection in this article.U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Opioids Not Recommended for Cough Suppression in Kids Opioids Not Recommended for Cough Suppression in Kids
The FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee voted that the benefit/risk is not favorable for use of opioids, including codeine, for cough suppression in children.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Residents Cough, Rub Eyes in Harvey Pollution Spike
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Cindy Sanchez began to feel ill while barbecuing just before Harvey's torrents started pelting this city just east of Houston, along a corridor with the nation's highest concentration of petrochemical plants. "I started getting really, really bad headaches," said Sanchez, a 32-year-old housewife. "I never get headaches." "My husband's eyes were burning," she said. "He actually had a napkin that was wet over his eyes." The sewage-like stench chased the couple indoors and Sanchez, sick to her stomach, lay down. People complained of headaches, nausea, itc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Frank Bajak and Michelle Minkoff, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

'I think I did it': Man says he stabbed wife while on cough meds
The male voice on the 911 call sounded flat and slightly confused. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New insights into bacterial toxins
(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) A toxin produced by a bacterium that causes urinary tract infections is related to, yet different in key ways from, the toxin that causes whooping cough, according to new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mid Valley Pharmaceutical LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Doctor Manzanilla Cough & Cold and Doctor Manzanilla Allergy & Decongestant Relief Syrup Due to Potential Contamination with Burkholderia Cepacia.
Mid Valley Pharmaceutical is recalling lot# 23221701 of Doctor Manzanilla Cough& Cold and lot# 23221701 of Doctor Manzanilla Allergy& Decongestant Relief syrup to the consumer level. The products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia. Contaminated products with Burkholderia cepacia can potentially result in serious infections, may be life-threating in patients with compromised immune systems. To date, Mid Valley Pharmaceutical, LLC has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 30, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Kids often have a chronic cough after respiratory illness
(Reuters Health) - Children treated for respiratory illnesses in the emergency department often have a chronic cough that lingers for weeks after they go home from the hospital, an Australian study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pineapple juice for cough relief: Does it work?
A popular home remedy for relieving a cough is drinking pineapple juice, but does it work? We look at the evidence, recipes, risks, and alternatives. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Chronic Cough Often Reveals Underlying Illness in Children Chronic Cough Often Reveals Underlying Illness in Children
Children who continue to cough 4 weeks after an acute respiratory illness often have underlying respiratory pathology, a study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Oral Corticosteroids No Benefit for LRI in Non - Asthmatic Adults
No decrease in cough duration, severity for adults without asthma with lower respiratory tract symptom (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, ENT, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

A Case of Worsening Dyspnea and Cough
Bob is a 72-year-old male, with a 40-pack-year smoking history. He quit about 8 years ago, when severe COPD was diagnosed. Until last year, he had been stable on his regimen of Advair 250/50 and Spiriva Handihaler, other than an occasional “bronchitis,” usually treated with an antibiotic and/or steroids. Over the past year or so, however, he has noticed a marked turn for the worse. He no longer can walk up the steps in his house without stopping and gasping for breath. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 22, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Jonathan Ilowite, MD Tags: Respiratory Diseases Source Type: news

FDA to Examine Opioids in Kids' Cough Meds ... Again
(MedPage Today) -- Special meeting to focus on products with codeine and tramadol (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - August 21, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. – FDA is carefully evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children
There ’s perhaps no more important mandate that we have at the FDA than safeguarding the health and safety of children. For that reason, I believe it’s important that parents and health care providers have the best information available to inform the decisions they make about a child’s health. There are few more common decisions that parents and providers are asked to make than the question of how to appropriately treat a child’s cough and cold symptoms. Sometimes symptoms can be severe enough that prescription medication is needed, but some of these medications pose their own risks – espe cia...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. – FDA is carefully evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children
There ’ s perhaps no more important mandate that we have at the FDA than safeguarding the health and safety of children. For that reason, I believe it ’ s important that parents and health care providers have the best information available to inform the decisions they make about a child ’ s health. There are few more common decisions that parents and providers are asked to make than the question of how to appropriately treat a child ’ s cough and cold symptoms. Sometimes symptoms can be severe enough that prescription medication is needed, but some of these medications pose their own risks – e...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Chest infection symptoms could be sign of potentially life-threatening condition
BRONCHIECTASIS is a common lung disease that can develop when the airways become damaged. It can cause a cough and build up of mucus, which can lead to chest infractions. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Smoker's cough: Symptoms, causes, and home remedies
In this article learn how many smokers have smoker's cough. What are the symptoms and causes of smokers cough and how can it be treated? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Smoking / Quit Smoking Source Type: news

Vernalis hit by fresh U.S. setback for cough and cold drug
LONDON (Reuters) - Shares in Vernalis fell more than 15 percent on Monday as the British biotech company backed by fund manager Neil Woodford and his previous employer Invesco announced a fresh setback for a key new drug in the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What Diabetics Need to Know About Over - the - Counter Meds
Many cold, cough and headache remedies contain carbs, and as much alcohol as glass of beer or wine, pharmacist says (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 5, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Neurology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Diabetes, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

What Diabetics Need to Know about Over-the-Counter Meds
Many cold, cough and headache remedies contain carbs, and as much alcohol as glass of beer or wine, pharmacist saysSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Diabetes, Drug Reactions, Over-the-Counter Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds
SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 -- It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains. Many of these so-called OTC drugs contain carbohydrates (including sugar) that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 5, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A 67-Year-Old Man With Fever and Shortness of Breath A 67-Year-Old Man With Fever and Shortness of Breath
A 67-year-old man is admitted to the hospital with a fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath over the past 6 days. What's the cause?Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Ten reasons to call the pediatrician about a cough
Every child gets a cough from time to time; there’s really no escaping them. It’s completely normal for children to catch several colds a year, especially if they are in daycare or go to school, and common allergies can cause a cough too. Most of the time, it’s nothing to worry about. Most of the time, some rest, plenty of fluids, honey (for children over a year old) and some patience and TLC do the trick. But sometimes, it’s important to call the doctor. Here’s when you should worry about a cough: 1. Your child is having trouble breathing. Signs of this include: Breathing quickly “Suc...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 4, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Claire McCarthy Tags: Health & Wellness Claire McCarthy MD cough Source Type: news

Listening to Our Patients
When was the last time any of us used a stethoscope and felt it made a difference either to clinch a diagnosis or to change the management of a sick patient? Diagnostic Tool or Neckwear? How many of us have had a patient with a history of hypertension, diabetes or myocardial infarction (MI), who presented with complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath? On exam, he might have been anxious and diaphoretic, with a heart rate of 130, respirations of 24, blood pressure of 190/110, bilateral pedal edema, oxygen saturation (SpO2) of 89% and 12-lead ECGs showing ST-elevation. Then you put your scope on hi...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Neal Richmond, MD Tags: Patient Care Columns Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA evaluating the potential risks of using codeine cough-and-cold medicines in children
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the safety of using codeine-containing medicines to treat coughs and colds in children under 18 years because of the potential for serious side effects, including slowed or difficulty breathing. We are evaluating all available information and will also consult with external experts by convening an advisory committee to discuss these safety issues. We will communicate our final conclusions and recommendations when our review is complete. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - August 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Babies to be protected against deadly hepatitis B
The Hexavalent injection shelters against diptheria, polio, tetanus, whooping cough and Haemophilus influenzae type b as well as offering immunity against hepatitis B, Public Health England said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Worried About Lung Disease?
-- Subtle changes in your breathing may be easy to miss, but they can be important warning signs of lung disease. The American Lung Association says symptoms to be concerned about include: A cough that persists for a month or longer, or coughing up... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 31, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Persistent heartburn could be a warning sign of THESE three cancers
HEARTBURN can cause an unpleasant taste in the mouth, a sore throat and a chronic cough - but also pain in the chest. It can also be a warning sign of three different types of cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine Lessens Severity of Pertussis Infections Vaccine Lessens Severity of Pertussis Infections
Even though vaccinations don ’ t always prevent whooping cough, people have milder symptoms of the respiratory illness and lower odds of serious complications with the vaccine than without it, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate
There were 136 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the state in the first half of 2017, compared with 66 in the first half of 2016, but an expert was not alarmed. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MAGGIE ASTOR Tags: Whooping Cough Indiana Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention JAMA Pediatrics (Journal) Source Type: news

Vaccine lessens severity of whooping cough infections
(Reuters Health) - Even though vaccinations don ’t always prevent whooping cough, people have milder symptoms of the respiratory illness and lower odds of serious complications with the vaccine than without it, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A massive win for our union and a massive win for all workers
Today’s Supreme Court ruling is the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment law. This result is a massive win for our union and a massive win for all workers, whether they’re UNISON members or not. Working people who need protection the most – low-paid workers, the vulnerable and those treated poorly by their employers –  were denied access to justice by employment tribunal fees. The government infringed EU law, constitutional law and even the Magna Carta with a piece of legislation explicitly designed to deny working people their rights. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 26, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News tribunal fees Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical company Celgene settles suit for $280 million
A pharmaceutical company has agreed to cough up $280 million to settle a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles alleging it committed fraud promoting two cancer drugs for unapproved purposes (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Arlene Phillips warns others to check their cough for CANCER after best friend death
ARLENE Phillips has no hesitation in summing up the impact her best friend and fellow dancer Molly Molloy had on her career. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can You Cough to Give Yourself CPR?
Title: Can You Cough to Give Yourself CPR?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - July 25, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Menlo Therapeutics Raises $50M
venBio leads Series C Financing of oral once-daily Anti-Pruritus Therapy in development for Pruritus of Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis and Prurigo Nodularis, and for Refractory Chronic Cough MENLO PARK, Calif., July 18, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketi... Biopharmaceuticals, Venture Capital Menlo Therapeutics, Serlopitant, pruritus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Are YOU suffering the 100 day cough? Symptoms of whooping cough revealed
WHOOPING cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lung - and could be causing your persistent cough. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are YOU suffering the 100-day cough? Symptoms of whooping cough revealed
WHOOPING cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lung - and could be causing your persistent cough. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis B jab to be added to immunisations of babies born in UK
Babies born from the 1 August will be offered new “hexavalent” jab in effort to clamp down on infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancerAll babies born in the UK will receive the hepatitis B jab as part of their routine immunisations from the autumn in an effort to drive down viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer.The hepatitis B vaccine is to be added to the 5-in-1 jab that is already given to babies across the UK to protect them from diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and bacterial infections known as Hib, or haemophilus influenzae type b, health officials said.Continue reading.....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Hepatitis B Science Society Children UK news Source Type: news

Whooping cough: vaccination in pregnancy programme resources
Public Health England has published a leaflet and poster to support the whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news