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FeNO Helps in Cough Treatment
(MedPage Today) -- High levels of nitric oxide indicate whether steroids may be appropriate (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - May 21, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Experts Discuss Unique Side Effects of Immunotherapy
If you have mesothelioma and you’ve already received standard-of-care therapies, you may be considering an immunotherapy clinical trial. If you’re considering this option, a free immunotherapy teleconference is a great place to learn more. CancerCare recently hosted two one-hour education workshops featuring panels of immunotherapy experts. Part I of the teleconference presented an overview of immunotherapy. Part II of the teleconference, which is available online for free, focused exclusively on immunotherapy side effects. Understanding these issues and the role each patient plays in managing their own side ef...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 21, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

What is BACM?
Discussion Leg pain in children has a broad differential diagnosis and includes more innocuous problems such as growing pains and transient synovitis but also more serious problems including neurological diseases or malignancy. Occult or self-limited trauma are also common causes. A review can be found here. Limping can be painful or painless and has its own differential diagnosis which can overlap with leg pain. A differential diagnosis for limping can be found here. Muscle weakness also has its’ own differential diagnosis which can be found here. Learning Point Benign acute childhood myositis (BACM) has other names...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 21, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

MBI Distributing, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Homeopathic Teething Drops, Nausea Drops, Intestinal Colic Drops, Stomach Calm, Expectorant Cough Syrup, Silver-Zinc Throat Spray, and Argentum Elixir Due to a Lack of Process Controls
MBI Distributing, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of homeopathic Teething Drops, Nausea Drops, Intestinal Colic Drops, Stomach Calm, Expectorant Cough Syrup, Silver-Zinc Throat Spray, and Argentum Elixir, within expiry, to the consumer level. The drug products have been found to be manufactured with a lack of adequate controls. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 18, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Allergy explosion in US driven by climate change and emissions
It is not your imagination: pollen is making more people sneeze and cough this year than ever as rising temperatures and CO2 levels make for a longer, more intense grow season that starts earlier. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The list of medicines that will no longer be available on the NHS
The NHS announced back in March it is banning prescriptions for over-the-counter remedies from May 31. Cough mixture and anti-dandruff shampoo are among the products that will be curbed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The full list of medicines that will no longer be available on NHS prescription
The NHS announced back in March it is banning prescriptions for over-the-counter remedies from May 31. Cough mixture and anti-dandruff shampoo are among the products that will be curbed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:Codeine Syrup Addiction Is an Opioid Epidemic That Is Sweeping the African Continent
[This is Africa] The opioid epidemic that was declared a public health emergency in America is now ravaging the youth of Africa. Unlike expensive opioid prescription drugs, codeine, found in certain cough syrups, is cheap and easily purchased over the counter (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Codeine Ban - Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians
[Premium Times] The abuse of drugs among youth has become a disturbing trend in Nigeria. This recently led to the federal government's ban on codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for making cough syrup. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Cough Syrup Addiction - What Are Youth Trying to Escape?
[Vanguard] The ban on production of syrups containing codeine in Nigeria wasn't exactly the topic I intended to write on this week. President Muhammadu Buhari's recent visit to the United States of America (USA) actually looked more like it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pertussis (whooping cough): information for healthcare professionals
Public Health England has published information to enable healthcare professionals to identify, manage and test cases of pertussis. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Ban On Codeine - Senate Calls for Full Compliance
[Vanguard] The Senate on Wednesday called on its committees on Drugs and Narcotics, and that of Heath to ensure full compliance with the ban on use of codeine in cough syrup announced by the Federal Government. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Codeine - Almost Every Family in Nigeria Has an Addict, Senator Claims
[Premium Times] Up to 70 per cent of codeine cough syrup produced and imported in Nigeria end up in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Funded: 9 Bay Area companies raise over $140M in new funding
Nine Bay Area companies disclosed more than $140 million in new venture funding at midweek. Here are the details: • Flexport Inc., San Francisco, $100 million: Chinese express delivery company SF Express invested in a large round of funding for this freight logistics software company. Read more here. • Attenua Inc., Mountain View, $35 million: Omega Funds led the Series A round for this developer of chronic cough medicines. It was joined by Abingworth, OrbiMed and Redmile Group. The company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

The Funded: 9 Bay Area companies raise over $140M in new funding
Nine Bay Area companies disclosed more than $140 million in new venture funding at midweek. Here are the details: • Flexport Inc., San Francisco, $100 million: Chinese express delivery company SF Express invested in a large round of funding for this freight logistics software company. Read more here. • Attenua Inc., Mountain View, $35 million: Omega Funds led the Series A round for this developer of chronic cough medicines. It was joined by Abingworth, OrbiMed and Redmile Group. The company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

How to get rid of a cold quickly: Try these six remedies
EVERYONE gets struck down by a cold now and then. But when you ’re feeling at your worst, with a runny nose, sore throat and persistent cough, there are steps you can take to feel better, fast. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Recognizing Lung Disease
-- You shouldn't ignore a nagging cough or mild wheeze. They could be symptoms of a lung disease, such as asthma, COPD or cancer, the American Lung Association says. Here are the association's potential warning signs of lung disease: Cough... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 2, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Govt Bans Production of Cough Syrups Containing Codeine
[This Day] Abuja -Following the high incidence of drug abuse in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ban, with immediate effect, further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Why Govt Banned Production, Importation of Syrups Containing Codeine
[Daily Trust] The Federal Government has banned the production and importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough syrup preparations to check substance abuse among Nigerians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Finally, Govt Bans Production of Cough Syrups Containing Codeine in Nigeria
[This Day] The Federal Ministry of Health has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Whooping cough more widespread than previously known
(Public Health Ontario) New research from Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences suggests that whooping cough cases in Ontario are nearly eight times the number actually reported, reinforcing the importance of up-to-date vaccinations to protect against illness and the spread of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Attenua Raises $35M in Series A Financing to Advance Therapy for Chronic Cough
$35M Series A financing led by Omega Funds, with participation from Abingworth, OrbiMed and Redmile Group Michael Kitt, MD, former Chief Medical Officer at Afferent Pharmaceuticals, joins as CEO MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sa... Biopharmaceuticals, Venture Capital, Personnel Attenua , Chronic Cough, Cough (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic
With thousands in Nigeria addicted to codeine cough syrup, BBC Africa goes undercover to investigate. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung cancer symptoms: Look out for this change in your voice to catch the disease early
LUNG cancer symptoms are not always obvious in the early stages, but as the disease develops, signs such as a persistent cough and coughing up blood may occur. One indictor of the disease to look out, in order to catch the growth as soon as possible, is a particular change in your voice. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa
Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, got her granddaughter immunized using a mix of private and public clinics. Credit: Veronique Magnin – Habari Kibra VolunteerBy Joyce NgangaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs. Mary Awour, mother to two-year-old Vilance Amondi, also believes immunization is important to protect her ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Nganga Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes a chronic cough?
A chronic cough is one that lasts for 8 weeks in adults or 4 weeks in children. It may produce mucus or be dry and tickle the throat. Common causes of a persistent cough include asthma and bronchitis. Less commonly, it can indicate lung cancer or heart problems. Learn more about causes, symptoms, and treatments here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

A 38-Year-Old Woman With Dyspnea and General Malaise
A 38-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use presents with shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, and general malaise. What is your diagnosis? (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Cesar A. Moran, MD Tags: Image IQ Source Type: news

What Causes Hyponatremia?
Discussion Normal kidneys regulate water balance to maintain a plasma osmolality of 275-290 mOsm/kg normally. Thirst and arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone (ADH) are the primary regulators of plasma osmolality. ADH is made in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland. ADH acts on the kidney’s distal collecting duct to increase water reabsorption. ADH is appropriately released in hypovolemic states, such as dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. ADH has an ~10 minute half-life and therefore can respond to rapid changes in volume status. Sodium balance is regulated by aldosterone (as part...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 23, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2018: Protected Together, #VaccinesWork
22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.  Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.  Immunization protects everyone – from infants to senior citizens – against disabling illnesses, disability a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 22, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How much menthol does it take to overdose?
People cannot usually overdose on cough drops. But cough lozenges can sometimes cause negative symptoms, and this can be worrying. Menthol is normally the key ingredient of cough drops and can result in problems if too much is consumed. Learn here about cough drops and how much menthol it takes to overdose. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

What Are Complications of Oropharyngeal Trauma?
Discussion Oropharyngeal trauma is common and ranges from minor contusions to severe trauma of the head and neck. Sudden movement while having a foreign object in the mouth is a very common scenario with falls or collisions being common mechanisms. Common objects include toys, sticks, pens/pencils, chopsticks, toothbrushes, and popsicle sticks. Many of these injuries cause minimal problems such as a contusion to lips (i.e. “fat lip”). In general, the more anterior the location the more common the injury and the less likely to have a severe injury (i.e. lips). Whereas posterior structures are more protected, bu...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 16, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What is a death rattle? Noise signals someone has just 23 hours left
According to infectious disease specialist Dr Daniel Murrell, from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, dying people gurgle due to them losing their ability to swallow or cough. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brace Yourselves: Spring Allergy Season Is Coming. Here ’s What to Expect and How to Handle It
A swath of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, which had been continuously pummeled by winter storms — even in April — will be graced with warm weather later this week. After a seemingly interminable winter, its’s a chance to dig out lighter clothing and head outside into the sun. But, if you’re one of the roughly 7% of U.S. adults with seasonal allergies, you may want to stay inside a little longer. With the change in seasons comes spring allergies (followed by summer allergies). Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming allergy forecast. Is it going to be a bad allergy season this year? P...
Source: TIME: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Gray Tags: Uncategorized allergies healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Should You Diagnose Yourself Online? Here ’s What Doctors Think
Online symptom checkers are the digital version of the DIY doctor. Plug in what’s ailing you — headache, stomach pains, weird skin rash — and you get a list of what’s (likely) causing the problem. The key word is ‘likely.’ Depending on which version you use, that list could be spot on, or it could lead you astray — luring you into a false sense of reassurance that nothing is wrong, or sending you into a spiral of anxiety about a serious, and possibly even fatal, condition. None of that is new for web-based data searches. But because health information could literally mean the diffe...
Source: TIME: Health - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

In fresh IPO's 77 percent fall, another warning sign for biotech investors
Investors were reminded on Monday that biotech investing can be a rollercoaster ride, even in good times, after a 77 percent stock drop by a company that went public 10 weeks ago. Until Monday, Menlo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: MNLO) had been one of the better performing of this year's IPOs, soaring from a $17 price it set on Jan. 25 to as high as $38.82 on March 28 as it pushed forward on four clinical trials for skin conditions and chronic cough. Investors dumped the Red wood City company's shares… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Mali:Mali - Vaccinating 10,000 Children Over 60,000KM of Desert Roads
[MSF] Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. But in northern Mali, where a combination of insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure means that many communities cannot access health facilities, it can prove difficult to protect children against these illnesses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lung cancer warning: Why you should never ignore a cough that won’t go away
LUNG cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. A persistent cough, or one that becomes painful or sounds different, might be an early symptom of the disease. Here are the warning signs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask Well: What ’ s the Best Medicine for a Cough?
Stay hydrated, use a humidifier and be patient. Honey may be as effective as over-the-counter remedies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICHARD KLASCO, M.D. Tags: Coughs Pain-Relieving Drugs Codeine Colds Source Type: news

Researchers engineer cough suppressant from yeast
Scientists have developed a way to bio-engineer from yeast a non-narcotic cough suppressant that is being tested for cancer treatment. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wright Medical, plaintiffs extend deadline for $90m metal-on-metal hip settlement
Balky insurance companies delayed a final settlement between Wright Medical (NSDQ:WMGI) and the plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits brought over its metal-on-metal hip implants, according to a regulatory filing. Last October Wright agreed to an $89.8 million deal resolving any metal-on-metal hip claims not covered by a previous, $240 million settlement. But the new agreement was contingent on a $35 million payment from insurance proceeds that were to have been received by the end of 2017. When the insurance contingency failed to materialize by Dec. 29, Wright and the plaintiffs extended the de...
Source: Mass Device - April 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Metal-on-Metal Orthopedics Product Liability wrightmedical Source Type: news

Study explains resurgence of pertussis
(University of Georgia) A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Georgia has found that the resurgence of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, in the US is a predictable consequence of incomplete coverage with a highly effective vaccine. This finding goes against pervasive theories on why we are seeing a steady increase in the disease even though the vaccine is given at an early age. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Asthma symptoms: Four signs you have the condition and not just a cough
ASTHMA symptoms can range from mild to more serious, and not everyone will experience all the signs. It is a common lung condition that can impact hugely on a person ’s life. But there is treatment available to offer quick relief an prevent symptoms occurring. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback
It's due to natural population turnover, incomplete vaccination coverage, and gradually weakening protection from a highly effective but imperfect vaccine, they said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flawed Vaccine Not to Blame for Whooping Cough Resurgence (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Increase in cases signals end of vaccine'honeymoon period,'study suggests (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 29, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback
THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 -- Flaws in current whooping cough vaccines aren't to blame for rising rates of the disease in the United States, a new study contends. Researchers attribute a resurgence of the disease since the 1970s to factors that arose... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

More Evidence Explains Why Whooping Cough Cases Are Increasing
Another study confirms that waning immunity from the pertussis vaccine is the primary reason for increases in whooping cough cases. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle, Contributor Source Type: news

2018 Medtech Startup Showdown: The Finals
They fought off some stiff competition, and now we have the final two competitors in MD+DI's 2018 Medtech Startup Showdown. It's down to a battle of digital health dynamos Strados Labs vs. Spry Health, and once again, we're asking you to help us decide which upstart medtech company has what it takes to make it in the real world. You know the drill by now: We'll give readers a week to vote, and the company that gets the most votes is the winner. We'll feature the champ in an upcoming profile on MD+DI (see complete rules here). strados_vs_spry.png Company name Strados Labs S...
Source: MDDI - March 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Tags: Business Source Type: news

Whooping cough resurgence marks the end of ‘honeymoon period’ where we weren’t exposed to the virus 
Research by the University of Michigan has revealed an new explanation for the resurgence of whooping cough in the US experts have incorrectly blamed on a low-quality vaccine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asthma symptoms: Night-time coughing could be a sign of the illness
ASTHMA symptoms: If you have a persistent dry cough that worsens at night, you could be suffering from asthma. Other lesser-known symptoms of the condition include anxiety and tiredness. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news