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California Considers Mandate for Bilingual Prescription Drug Labels

The California Board of Pharmacy is in the discussion of requiring all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. Approximately 44 percent of California residents speak a language other than English. The proposed requlation is similar to a law passed last year in New York that makes labeling easier for non-native English speakers to take their medications properly. The... 

Blood Test During Pregnancy Could Reduce Neural Tube Defects

Neural tube defects are the most common birth defects that affect 300,000 births globally, each year. It is one of the most common severely disabling birth defects. One of the ways to reduce this from happening is getting enough folate (a form of vitamin B). Or another method is folic acid, which is synthetically produced and is used in fortified foods and supplements. Taking synthetically-produced... 

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Children May Cause Weight Gain

Tonsillectomies are commonly prescribed to help children who suffer from sleep apnea, but a recent study found that the treatment can make children gain weight, especially if they’re already overweight. In the study, researchers analyzed 204 children between the ages of five and nine who were recommended to undergo tonsillectomy surgery and another 192 children who didn’t. The team followed... 

17-year old Boy in India has 232 Teeth Extracted

A 17-year old boy in India had 232 teeth extracted in a seven-hour long surgery. Ashik Gavai sought medical help for swelling on the right side of his lower jaw, something he had been suffering from for 18 months. He travelled to the city from his village after local doctors failed to identify the cause of the problem. He was finally referred to the city’s JJ hospital, where they found he was... 

American Red Cross Facing a Blood Shortage, Urgent Need for Donations

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and is encouraging all eligible donors to donate. “All eligible donors are encouraged to make and keep donation appointments to help prevent an emergency situation,” the agency wrote in a news release declaring the shortage Tuesday. “The number of donors continues to decline and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience... 

Peach Recall: Nationwide Recall of Fruit from Wawona Packing Co. Sold at Trader Joe’s and Costco

Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Costco, Walmart Corp and Trader Joe’s have pulled the contaminated fruit from their store shelves and have all posted notices about the peach recall on... 

Scientists Create a Mutant Worm to Help Learn About Treating Alcoholism

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have created a mutant worm that does not get intoxicated by alcohol, which could result to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience today, relates how the researchers were able to alter a common human alcohol target — a molecular channel that binds alcohol in the... 

Horseshoe Lake in Kitsap County, Washington Closed After People Sickened With Illness

Horseshoe Lake in Kitsap County, Washington is closed after more than 200 people got sick after swimming in the lake over the weekend. Many complained of vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Not everyone who swam got sick, and most people have recovered. “Horseshoe Lake park and swimming beach closed until further notice,” reads an alert on the park’s website. A sign on the park... 

Father Asks Reddit Users to Remove Tubes from Daughter’s Picture, Gets Overwhelming Response

A grieving father turned to the help of Reddit for a simple request of removing the tubes from his daughters photo. Nathen Steffel, whose daughter died last Thursday, posted a brief request on Reddit: “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital,” he wrote. His daughter Sophia was born May 30 and lived just six weeks, he said. She died from complications... 

Google Develops Smart Contact Lens to Help Manage Diabetes

Google is partnering with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop a smart contact lens to help manage diabetes. In a deal announced Tuesday, the Alcon eye care unit of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis will license the smart lens technology from the Google[x] research division. Under the agreement, Novartis and Google will team up to develop an actual smart lens to address certain medical problems. “We... 
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