In the News

Unexplained Cases of Allergic Reactions Linked to Red Meat

Researchers found that some people’s repeated, severe allergic reactions stemmed from a red meat allergy linked to a specific type of tick bite. 

Doctors analyzed 70 patients who had repeated episodes of a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, from unknown causes. Anaphylaxis can cause a host of problems, such as trouble breathing and passing out. It requires immediate medical attention to prevent severe consequences, even death. 

The researchers found that six of the patients had an allergy to a sugar molecule called alpha-gal, which is found in red meats. Most food allergy symptoms develop within a half hour. People with the alpha-gal allergy showed symptoms between three to six hours after eating meat. 

Previous studies have linked lone star tick bites to this unusual food allergy. The patients with the alpha-gal allergy lived in the central and southern United States, where lone star ticks thrive. All six confirmed that they had been bitten by ticks in the past.

“Alpha-gal allergy appears to be yet another reason to protect oneself from tick bites,” says Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  


Source: NIH News in Health https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/02/unexplained-cases-allergic-reactions-linked-red-meat

FDA Limits OTC Imodium (Loperamide) Packaging for Safer Usage

For safe use of the over-the counter (OTC) anti-diarrhea drug loperamide, FDA is working with manufacturers to use blister packs or other single dose packaging and to limit the number of doses in a package.

Why?

FDA continues to receive reports of serious reactions to the drug when misused. Serious heart rhythm problems and even death can occur with high doses of loperamide. Primarily this happens among people who are intentionally misusing or abusing the product, despite the addition of a warning to the medicine label and a previous communication.

Loperamide is a safe drug when used as directed.

Correct Dosage of Diarrhea Drugs

Loperamide is FDA-approved to help control symptoms of diarrhea, including Travelers’ Diarrhea. The maximum approved daily dose for adults is 8 mg per day for OTC use and 16 mg per day for prescription use. It is sold under the OTC brand name Imodium A-D, as store brands, and as generics.

The drug manufacturers have included warnings about serious heart problems on the drug label of both prescription OTC loperamide products.

Warning to Loperamide Users

Take only the dose of loperamide as directed by your health care professionals or as shown on the OTC Drug Facts label. Taking more than prescribed or listed on the label can cause severe heart rhythm problems or death.

If you are using OTC loperamide and your diarrhea lasts more than 2 days, stop taking the medicine and contact your health care professional.

If you’re having any negative symptoms after taking the drug, call 911. Tell the health care professional that the affected person has been taking loperamide. Here are the symptoms to watch for:

  • Fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat or irregular heart rhythm
  • Unresponsiveness, meaning that you can’t wake the person up or the person doesn’t answer or react normally

Let your health care professional know a much higher than recommended dose was taken of loperamide, either intentionally or unintentionally.

High doses can result in serious cardiac adverse events, including QT interval prolongation, Torsades de Pointes or other ventricular arrhythmias, syncope, and cardiac arrest.

Why Individuals Overdose

Some individuals use other drugs with loperamide to:

  • Increase its absorption and penetration across the blood-brain barrier,
  • Inhibit loperamide metabolism, and
  • Enhance its euphoric effects.

Overdoses of loperamide are taken to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal.


Read the MedWatch Safety Alert, including a link to the FDA Drug Safety Communication, at:
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm594403.htm

 

UCLA researchers find consumption of curcumin helps mood and memory. 

Forty adults with mild memory complaints were randomly selected to ingest curcumin twice daily or a placebo for 18 months. They underwent cognitive assessments and PET scans to test amyloid in the brain, which is associated with negative effects on memory and emotional functions. Those taking curcumin improved their memory tests by twenty-eight percent, demonstrated mild mood improvements, and showed far smaller levels of amyloid than the placebo group. A follow-up study will explore the possibility of curcumin possessing antidepressant effects and whether it can help your genetic risk for Alzheimer’s. These findings back up the far lower rate of Alzheimer’s in India’s senior citizens, whose diet is high in curcumin. (SD)

Source: The Dr. Oz Show

 

Researchers say restricting when you eat promotes weight loss.

It is well-documented that eating unprocessed foods food full of nutrients and taking part in moderate daily exercise will help you lose weight, but more researchers now say that the timing of your meals matters in weight loss as well. Time-restricted feeding (TRF) can burn more fat, and particularly help people whose previously steady weight loss has plateaued. Fat burning is the highest when you sleep, and food takes about three to five hours to metabolize. Therefore, shifting all of your meals into an eight or twelve-hour eating window means that all of your food will be metabolized by bedtime, leaving stored fat for your body to burn. The window begins with the very first bite or sips you ingest and ends with the last. This very structured eating strategy also helps ensure that you are eating to remedy hunger, instead of eating to fight boredom, stress, or emotions. (NBC)

Source: The Dr. Oz Show

Adults should eat a Mediterranean diet to avoid frailty as they age.

Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society took data from several studies to conclude that the Mediterranean diet is the best food plan for senior citizens. This diet is rich in nutrients from healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains which can help increase the strength in older people. More research needs to be done to see if there are other common factors in the tested subjects that contribute to the lessening of frailty in addition to a healthy diet. (SD)

Source: The Dr. Oz Show

You can spread the flu by breathing.

While most people think that catching a virus comes from coughing or sneezing, a new study shows that just breathing can put unwanted bacteria out in the air. The study, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, looked at 142 people with the flu and analyzed their breath, coughing, and sneezing. Researchers found that “…a significant number of flu patients routinely shed infectious virus…into aerosol particles small enough to present a risk for airborne transmission.” Make sure to get your flu shot in order to take preventative measures against catching the virus this season. (SD)

Source: The Dr. Oz Show

Lack of sunlight may be the cause of your extra pounds

 

 Most people gain weight during the winter months, but a new study from the University of Alberta has found that the sun may be to blame. After observation, it was found that “bad” fat lessens when exposed to sunlight. This helped researchers draw the conclusion that “When the sun’s blue light wavelengths — the light we can see with our eye — penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don’t store as much fat.” However, even though it’s not always sunny out during the winter lack of light doesn’t mean you should abandon healthy lifestyle choices. You should still find a way to get moving and stay active even during the dreariest of days. (MNT)

Source: The Dr. Oz Show

Multiple Drug Products by Flawless Beauty: Recall - Misbranded or Unapproved

\"U.S.
 
 

Issue

Flawless Beauty, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of nineteen different products sold individually or as part of multi-unit kits alleged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (\"FDA\") to be misbranded or unapproved new drugs pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA believes that these drugs present serious public health risks. View the recall notice for a complete list of affected products. To date, Flawless Beauty has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
 

Background

All products were sold and distributed over the Internet to U.S. and foreign customers. All glutathione products were sold in multi-vial whitening kits, either alone or in combination with ampules of vitamin C and sterile water. Vials or ampules of vitamin C or sterile water purchased separately or as part of these whitening kits are also recalled:

Recommendation

Flawless Beauty is notifying its customers by sending recall letters and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors & retailers that have the products which are being recalled should stop using & return to Flawless Beauty.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Flawless Beauty by phone at 1-917-831-5948 or jack@flawlessbeautyandskin.com on Monday-Friday9:30AM – 5:30 PM, EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these products.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA\'s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:


Read the MedWatch Safety Alert, including a link to the press release, at:
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm593208.htm

Type 2 Diabetes Remission Possible with a Special Diet

 According to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal, certain people with Type 2 diabetes were able to put the disease in remission without medication by following a rigorous diet plan. One hundred and forty-nine participants with type 2 diabetes participated in the study for six years, and were monitored closely as they underwent a liquid diet (which provided only 825 to 853 calories per day for three to five months). The participants were then reintroduced to solid food and maintained a structured diet until the end of the yearlong study. The researchers found that half of the participants were able to put their diabetes into remission, without medication, after one year. In addition, those who participated in the study also lost an average of more than 20 pounds. The findings are important, as diet and lifestyle are touched upon in research on diabetes remission, but the impact of cutting calories and increasing physical activity is rarely discussed. The study also offered a more universal approach to reversing diabetes compared to undergoing bariatric surgery, which can achieve remission for some people, but is considerably more expensive and comes with a greater health risk. (ABC)

Source:  The Dr. Oz Show

Weather not Likely to Make Bones and Joints Ache

A study published in BMJ looked at whether an increase in humidity, rainfall, or barometric pressure can cause joint or back pain. Researchers looked at medical records of 11,673,392 Medicare outpatient visits. Matching the dates of the visits to local weather reports, they found that 2,095,761 of them occurred on rainy days. Using estimates they predicted how many of those visits were for a condition related to join or back pain, and how many of them occurred on rainy days. After controlling for age, sex, race and various chronic conditions, they found that more visits for bone and joint pain happened on dry days than wet ones. While the weather might not be causing joint pain, there might be some psychology involved; researchers say that when it’s raining and you have joint pain you might be more likely to attribute it to the weather than when it’s sunny and you have joint pain. (NYT)

Source:  The Dr. Oz Show

Intense Exercise May Help Parkinson’s Disease

An important new study published in JAMA Neurology looked at the effect of intense exercise on the progression of Parkinson’s Disease with adults in the early stages of the disease. The researchers recruited 128 men and women who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s within the past five years. None had started taking medications for treatment, and none regularly exercised. The researchers tested their aerobic capacity, maximum heart rates, and disease severity, using a standard numerical scale. They then divided the men and women randomly into three groups, one control group who would not exercise, one who participated in moderate exercise, and one who exercised intensely. After six months of monitoring the exercise sessions, the only group that showed no decline in the progression of the disease was the group that exercised intensely. Researchers theorize that intense exercise causes improved blood flow to the brain, which may aid overall brain health and slow deterioration. The study’s results also indicate that while gentler exercise is safe for people with Parkinson’s, it does not seem to delay the advancement of the disease. (NYT)

Source:  The Dr. Oz Show

Women Are Naturally Fitter Than Men

A new study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism looked at the natural fitness ability of women as compared to men. Researchers from the University of Waterloo directed women and men who were of a similar age and BMI to walk at gradually increasing speeds and inclines on a treadmill, going until they had reached 80% of their maximum heart rate. Each person wore a face mask to measure how much oxygen they used and how much carbon dioxide they produced. The results found that women adjusted to the exercise after about 30 seconds, while men took 42 seconds. Women had a 30% faster rate of processing oxygen overall, a clear advantage when it comes to physical efficiency. It’s important to remember that fitness can’t just be defined by aerobic power; how quickly a person adapts to an exercise level is really a good indicator of health and fitness. Inspired to start working out? Try these exercises. (T)

Source:  The Dr. Oz Show

Mammograms May Not Be Useful

Picking up early signs of disease is the best way to prevent cancer from spreading, so it is widely recommended by doctors that patients get screened for all types of cancer on a regular basis. However, a new study published in BMJ shows that mammography did little to reduce either deaths or advanced breast cancer over a period of 23 years in the Netherlands. The study involved all Dutch women who were screened with mammograms every other year between 1989 and 2012, a total of eight million women overall. Over a long period of time, there was no significant decrease in stage 2 to stage 4 breast cancers, and the mammograms designed to pick up tumors led to overdiagnosis (most of which not requiring treatment) 60% of the time. This is dangerous, as overdiagnosis of breast cancer can lead to additional biopsies and even treatments that expose women to side effects, without necessarily protecting them from cancer. To learn more about breast health, take this quiz. (T)

Source:  The Dr. Oz Show

Exercise May Create Healthier Fat

A new study, which was published last month in the Journal of Applied Physiology, found that just a single session of exercise may change the molecular workings of fat tissue in ways that, over time, could improve metabolic health. Researchers gathered men and women who were overweight but did not have insulin resistance, then tested their body compositions and took fat samples. The researchers then had each volunteer exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike for an hour at a moderately tiring pace, and an hour later, repeated the fat biopsies. In almost all of the volunteers, the fat tissue after exercise showed greater amounts of a protein that is known to contribute to the development of more blood vessels. More blood vessels in tissue leaders to greater blood flow, which is great for metabolic health. While the changes were not enormous, they were shown to occur consistently and after a single session of exercise. With continued exercise, one could expect to improve fat health over time. (NYT)

Source:  The Dr. Oz Show