Lung cancer rates in younger white and Hispanic women surpass those of men

Kelly Journalist, with her daughter Emma Jane, was diagnosed with lung cancer at 32. (Courtesy of Kelly Journalist) Reversing a historic trend, rates of lung cancer among younger white and Hispanic women have surpassed those of men — and the change cannot be fully explained by gender differences in smoking behavior, researchers said Wednesday. Previous…

FDA warns benzocaine gel teething products are unsafe, wants them off the market

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children,…

Ebola patients slip out of Congo hospital as medics try to curb outbreak

MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Three patients infected with the Ebola virus slipped out of an isolation ward at a hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo, health officials said, as medics raced to stop the deadly disease from spreading in the busy river port of Mbandaka. Patients seeking medical attention sit at the…

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children,…

Where You Live Affects Your Happiness And Health, But How Exactly?

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US to send experimental Ebola treatment to Congo – official

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. health authorities said on Wednesday they were preparing to send an experimental Ebola treatment to the Democratic Republic of Congo for use in a clinical trial aimed at stemming an outbreak in the country that has spread to Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5 million people. The trial would test the…

Orajel and Other Teething Medicines Are Not Safe for Babies, FDA Warns

(WASHINGTON) — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects…

Two infected Ebola patients flee treatment center in Congo

DAKAR, Senegal — Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment center in a Congo city of 1.2 million people later died, an aid group said Wednesday while asserting that “forced hospitalization is not the solution to this epidemic.” As the number of suspected Ebola cases continued to rise, experts emphasized that more community…

FDA warns consumers about teething products containing benzocaine

Scott Gottlieb The FDA issued a warning today that that over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine pose a serious risk to teething infants and children, and said it is taking steps to have these companies stop selling such products for this purpose. Benzocaine is the active ingredient in several OTC oral health care gels, lonzenges, ointments,…