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Sale of controversial 'miracle' tonic results in dozens of charges
A B.C. man and an Alberta woman face dozens of Food and Drug Act charges related to the promotion of a so-called miracle tonic touted as capable of curing everything from AIDS to autism. The charges come after Health Canada spent years trying to crack down on the sale of sodium chlorite. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate for Injection, USP (Updated - Resolved)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - January 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Is a DASH of Salt All We Need? Is a DASH of Salt All We Need?
In this commentary, the authors explore some of the intriguing questions raised by the landmark DASH-sodium trial, as well as possible pathophysiologic mechanisms of sodium-induced hypertension.Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Cancer cells can be destroyed more effectively and selectively with a unique new reusable treatment
Led by Professor Peter J. Sadler from Warwick's Department of Chemistry, researchers have developed a new line of attack against cancer: an organic-osmium compound, which is triggered using a non-toxic dose of sodium formate, a natural product found in many organisms, including nettles and ants. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - January 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Novo Nordisk Business and Industry Source Type: news

High blood pressure WARNING: Pickles could increase risk of hypertension and heart attacks
HIGH blood pressure risk could be increased by eating pickles, due to their sodium content, it ’s been claimed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Auromedics Pharma LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Product Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP 1.5 g/ Vial, Due to Presence of Glass Particles in the Vial
AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling lot AFO l 17001-A, Expiry date Dec 2018, of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP, 1.5 g (equivalent to 1 g ampicillin as the sodium salt plus 0.5 g Sulbactam as the sodium salt) in a Single-Dose vial, to the hospital level. The product has been found to contain glass particles. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 3, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Montelukast Sodium Tablets (New - Discontinuation)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - January 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Bionect Cream, Gel (Hyaluronic acid sodium salt) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Feeding your baby water could be FATAL
Babies get all the water they need in breast milk or baby formula, but watering either down can prove deadly by unbalancing sodium levels, and Arizona pediatric nurse Danielle Stringer explains how. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aurobindo Pharma gets USFDA nod for Fondaparinux Sodium injection
The approved ANDA is a bioequivalent and therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug product Arixtra Injection of Mylan Ireland, said Aurobindo Pharma. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - December 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Road Salt Good for Winter Driving, Bad for Wells
MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 -- The salt that makes icy roads safe in winter may not be so good for your drinking water, researchers report. After testing the salt content of water in ponds and streams in the Baltimore area, scientists found sodium (salt)... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 25, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Approves Ertugliflozin for Type 2 Diabetes
The FDA has approved the sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor ertugliflozin as an adjunct to diet and exercise for treating adults with type 2... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AuroMedics Pharma LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 Mg Per Vial, Due to Presence of Glass Particles in the Vial.
East Windsor, New Jersey, AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 mg per vial, to the hospital level. The product was found to contain glass particles in the vial. This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the contents of one vial from one batch was found to contain a piece of glass. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - December 19, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Health Tip: Eat Less Salt
-- Eating less salt could help you avoid heart disease or stroke. The U.S. Office on Women's Health suggests how to cut the amount of salt in your diet: Eat fewer processed foods. Check the sodium content on the product's nutrition facts label.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 19, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Montelukast Sodium Chewable Tablet (New - Discontinuation)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - December 12, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA revises labels of SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes to include warnings about too much acid in the blood and serious urinary tract infections
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety review has resulted in adding warnings to the labels of a specific class of type 2 diabetes medicines called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors about the risks of too much acid in the blood and of serious urinary tract infections. Both conditions can result in hospitalization. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - December 11, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Even without the buns, Trump's favorite fast-food meal is a diet-buster
On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump's typical McDonald's meal contained nearly a day's worth of calories and sodium, almost double the recommended daily dose of saturated fat and 2 ½ times the sugar he should eat in a day, according to US Dietary Guidelines. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Department of Health advice on hydrocortisone sodium phosphate shortage
There is currently a shortage of hydrocortisone sodium phosphate 100 mg injection (formerly branded as Efcortesol injection). The sole licensed UK supplier, Concordia, does not expect to be able to supply this product again until late in 2018.The Department of Health (DOH) have commissioned some clinical advice on this matter and Solu-Cortef (hydrocortisone sodium succinate) 100 mg, manufactured by Pfizer, is considered an acceptable alternative during this time.Due to differences in formulation and administration the DOH have also commissioned thisguidance on the use of Solu-Cortef.These videos demonstrate the pr...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Clenpiq (Sodium Picosulfate Oral Solution) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - December 6, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: What's your limit on holiday salt?
It's the time of year when food takes center place. You may find yourself packing plates high with mashed potatoes or ?snacking on stacks of chips. From family gatherings to treats in the office, high-sodium snacks and foods are everywhere. Too much salt can lead to??problems for some people with high blood pressure or heart [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 4, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Letter to the Editor: A Shortage of Sodium Bicarbonate
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: news

Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements
The new USDA rule makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided under USDA's National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves Clenpiq (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid) Oral Solution for Colonoscopy Prep
Parsippany, NJ – November 29, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. approval to market Clenpiq (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid) oral solution for cleansing of... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 29, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could a spinal fluid test help to diagnose migraine?
After finding a link between higher levels of sodium in cerebrospinal fluid and migraine, researchers suggest it be investigated as a means of diagnosis. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Headache / Migraine Source Type: news

Headache WARNING: Adding extra SALT to your meals could lead to painful migraines
HEADACHES could be caused by adding too much salt to your diet, after scientists revealed migraine sufferers had excess amounts of sodium in the fluid around their brain. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can I Give Cholera Vaccine?
Discussion Cholera is caused by more than 200 serogroups of Vibrio cholerae, a Gram-negative rod that is waterborne. Only two (serogroup O1 which causes about 99% of the cases, and O139) cause disease. There are biotypes of each of these serotypes. The only known hosts are humans. The organism colonizes the epithelial lining of the gut. Cholera toxin is produced by some species and if produced binds to specific receptors on host cells, activating a series of steps which cases massive loss of sodium, potassium, chloride, hydrogen carbonate, and fluids in vomitus and feces. A review of causes of diarrhea can be found here. ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Does Sodium Knowledge Affect Dietary Choices and Health Behaviors? Results From a Survey of Los Angeles County Residents
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - November 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Light Pollution Is Getting Worse Every Year. That ’s Bad For Your Health
Nothing has captured the march of wealth and progress like any society’s ability to light up the night—first with campfires and torches, then with gas lamps, finally with incandescent lights. Franklin Roosevelt’s 1936 Rural Electrification Act was an effort both to bring modernity to the 90% of American farms that lacked electricity and to help jolt the American economy, which was still deep in the Depression. The modern nighttime image of the Korean peninsula as seen from space, with darkness north of the 38th parallel and brilliant light in the vibrant south, powerfully captures the connection between c...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Environment health illumination Light NASA nature NOAA onetime Science Sprawl Source Type: news

Cadagan: Humor and tenacity after a stroke
Most parents try to discourage their children from indulging in humor about bodily functions like burping. But for Daniel and Lori Hooley, a simple smirk in response to a belch was the sign they needed that their daughter, Cadagan, was going to be okay. It was 2012 and 7-year-old Cadagan was asleep, tucked into bed for the night. Around 11 p.m., she suddenly awoke — but it wasn’t because of a nightmare or a late-night request for a glass of water. Instead, she seemed limp and couldn’t focus. Then she began throwing up. Born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called trisomy 12p, the little girl had al...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Cameron Trenor Dr. Laura Lehman Dr. Michael Rivkin stroke Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center vasculitis Source Type: news

Personal Health: Clearing Up the Confusion About Salt
Excess sodium is responsible for most cases of hypertension, a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Salt Diet and Nutrition Blood Pressure Hypertension Labeling and Labels (Product) Restaurants Source Type: news

Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pre...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Maxidex Ointment (Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Ophthalmic) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nexium I.V. (Esomeprazole Sodium) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

HealthWatch: New High Blood Pressure Guidelines
BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time in more than a decade, the American Heart Association is changing the guidelines for high blood pressure. This means nearly half the US adult population is living with hypertension and at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Charles Cronenweth has been working to lower his blood pressure for the last 10 years. Tens of millions more Americans will soon be learning they also have hypertension. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology are now defining a top reading of 130 or more or a bottom reading of 80 or more as high blood pressure. The o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local American College of Cardiology American Heart Association Dr. Mallika Marshall High Blood Pressure Source Type: news

Sodium Bicarbonate, Acetylcysteine Don't Prevent Kidney Injury After Angiography
Neither sodium bicarbonate nor acetylcysteine appears to reduce risk for acute kidney injury in high-risk patients undergoing angiography, according to a randomized trial published... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

No Benefit From Bicarbonate, Acetylcysteine Postangiography No Benefit From Bicarbonate, Acetylcysteine Postangiography
In the PRESERVE trial, neither intravenous sodium bicarbonate nor oral N-acetylcysteine significantly reduced adverse outcomes compared with sodium chloride or placebo.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Sodium Oxybate Promising for Parkinson ’ s, Daytime Sleepiness
Improvements in subjective sleep quality, objectively measured slow - wave sleep duration (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Nithiodote (Sodium Nitrite Injection for Intravenous Infusion) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nulecit (Sodium Ferric Gluconate Complex Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Saliva proteins could explain why some people overuse salt
(American Chemical Society) Many Americans consume too much salt. Now in a study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that people who can easily taste salt have differing amounts of certain proteins in their saliva than those who are less sensitive. The finding could help explain why some of us have a hard time shaking the salt habit and could potentially lead to the development of more desirable low-sodium foods. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 1, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: High Blood Pressure, Sodium (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Be Wary of Excessive Salt in Some Restaurant Meals
Some restaurant meals can have twice the recommended daily sodium. Take proper steps to avoid overdoing the salt when eating out. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exercise-induced anaphylaxis in an elderly patient - Namiki H.
A 75-year-old Japanese woman presented with acute flushing pruritus and a feeling of diffuse warmth followed by collapse while dancing. After resting for 30  min and receiving a rapid infusion of 0.9% sodium chloride, her condition stabilised. She admitte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

What Causes Hypernatremia?
Discussion Hypernatremia is a serum sodium of> 150 mEq/L. Basic causes are too much sodium or too little free water. If body weight is normal or increased, there is an increase in total body sodium without an appropriate increase in total body water. Normally when the serum sodium is increased there is transient hypertonicity of the plasma which causes the thirst center to be stimulated and antidiuretic hormone (ADH) to be released. The thirst center tells the person to drink more water and ADH causes the kidney to retain free water. This normally will allow the plasma tonicity to go back to normal. Treatment is by tr...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 30, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

In Vitro Efficacy of Essential Oil Mouthrinse versus Dentifrices
ConclusionsWithin typical exposure times, the EO-containing mouthrinse can penetrate deep into the accumulating plaque biofilm compared to the chemotherapeutic dentifrice slurries, and may provide an efficacious alternative to triclosan, when used as an adjunct with a mechanical oral care regimen.Clinical SignificanceUsing viability mapping and CLSM, this study demonstrated that EO-containing mouthrinse penetrates and kills microorganisms deeper and more effectively in plaque biofilm in typical exposure times when compared to dentifrice chemotherapeutic agents, providing an efficacious alternative to triclosan or stannous ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 26, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical use during pregnancy resulting in premature births, birth defects, and massive costs to insurers
(Natural News) The European Medicines Agency will go over the evidence concerning the harmful effects of an epilepsy pill on unborn babies and decide if the warnings are sufficient enough. The drug, sodium valproate, has been connected to nearly 20,000 babies born with disabilities ever since its introduction in the 1970s, reported the DailyMail.co.uk. Also... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some people with cystic fibrosis might live longer because of genetic mutations
(Boston Children's Hospital) Research suggests that genetic mutations to an 'epithelial sodium pathway' could protect against cystic fibrosis and its debilitating effects on the lungs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP (Updated - Currently in Shortage
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - October 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Sodium Chloride 23.4% Injection (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - October 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news