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FDA concerned about infections from using Neti Pot or Nasal Irrigation Kits Incorrectly

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that neti pots and nasal irrigation kits may be incorrectly used placing the user at risk for serious infections.

Neti pots use a salt-water based liquid to irrigate the nasal passages. The pots look similar to a tiny teapot. The neti pot idea of irrigating the nose to clear mucus and congestion dates all the way back to ancient Hindus.

If the neti pot is used correctly, it could be helpful. However, the FDA is concerned about infection from products that irrigate the nasal passage ways, including neti pots. Other products might be dangerous if improperly used include bulb syringes, squeeze bottles, and battery-run water pulsating devices.

'Koff & Kold' and 'Kold Sore' sprays recalled for Safety Concerns

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Wholistic Herbs Inc.’s “Koff & Kold” and “Kold Sore” spray products because they have not been properly tested for safety. There is a danger of the products being non-sterile, which could cause infections in the eyes or nose. The eye product could cause vision loss in some cases.

The Kold Sore product is used for the eyes to treat dry eye or pink eye, while the Koff & Kold product is used in the nose and throat for treatments of colds, flu, cough, stuffy nose, or a sinus infection.

The FDA found several labeling problems with the products during a routine inspection.

Generic Antibiotic Levofloxacin gains FDA approval

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(Best Syndication News) - Today the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave approval for 12 manufacturers to make generic versions of the antibiotic drug, levofloxacin, which use is for treating people over 18 with specific kinds of infections.

Levofloxacin medication can help treat severe bacterial infections from certain germs found on the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, and prostate. It can also be used to treat certain strains of bacterial infections associated with bronchitis or pneumonia. Levofloxacin can be used to treat people who have inhaled Anthrax.

Thyroid Cancer Treatment Vandetanib gets FDA Approval

Thyroid Cancer Treatment Vandetanib gets FDA Approval

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a daily medication called vandetanib used to treat late-stage medullary thyroid cancer for adults. This is a treatment that could be used only if surgery wasn't an option and if the thyroid cancer was causing symptoms. Vandetanib is being marketed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that around 44,600 people are newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the United States each year. Out of these around 1,690 died from thyroid cancer in 2010. Medullary thyroid cancer is a more rare form of all of the different kinds of thyroid cancer and only is seen in around 3 to 5 percent of all the diagnosis. Roughly 1,300 to 2,200 patients were diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in 2010.

Hearing Loss increased Risk for Men taking OTC Pain Medications

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[Best Syndication News] A recent study found a connection for men to have increased risk for hearing loss if they regularly took over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on a regular basis. The younger the men in the study, the higher risk for hearing loss, and acetaminophen had the highest risk for hearing loss in the younger men. The study was published in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Hearing loss is a wide spread problem, with an estimated 36 million people in the United States having some degree of hearing loss. Most of the hearing loss is seen in eldery people, however one third of those people are between 40 – 49 years of age who also have hearing loss.

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