It’s time for our first Tuesday-Newsday in 2013! The featured blog post this week is, “A Fresh Start: The New Year means it's Resolution Time,” by Jan Sadler of PainSupport.co.uk
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WARNING: My goal is to provide the most up-to-date news I can, which you can then take to your personal doctor and debate the merits of before you try it. I do not endorse any of the docs, treatments, info, and meds in anything I post nor can I guarantee they are all effective, especially not for everyone. As is the case with any health info, ALWAYS get your doctor's opinion first!
*MENINGITIS OUTBREAK NEWS
*CHRONIC PAIN NEWS
If you use Opioids for Chronic Pain: Your comments are needed for FDA committee hearing which could affect access to your medication
Inconsistency Seen in Safety Labeling for Generic Drugs: Although warnings are supposed to match brand-name equivalents, researchers found many variations
Drug information sheets which come with prescriptions are too complex and difficult for people to understand, study finds
Note from Shannon: It’s so important to know everything you can about your medications. I wrote a blog post last year about Be An Educated Patient: Understanding Your Meds. Click on that post title to read more details on how to protect yourself with information.
Long-Term Aspirin Use Linked With Vision Loss: But the risk doesn't outweigh the benefit of aspirin in preventing heart attacks and strokes, experts say
Long-term use of Aspirin by seniors may increase the risk of developing late age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
*CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
FDA Panel Recommends Against 1st Drug for CFS: Safety of Ampligen was a concern, and only some patients got relief from the treatment
A petition to the FDA allows people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to register for an opportunity to try Ampligen - but can we raise the needed 2,000 signatures or more? The FDA will render a decision on Feb 2. Please sign the petition right now!
*INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES
Crohn's on the Radar: Testing for Crohns can be done fast and efficiently with diffusion-weight imaging
Humira Might Help Kids With Tough-to-Treat Crohn's Disease: 'Biologic' drug spurred remission for a third of patients 6 months into treatment
Ulcerative Colitis: New pill Tofacitinib relieved symptoms in short term, but effects over time not yet known
*FEATURED BLOG POST
by Jan Sadler of PainSupport.co.uk