Treating Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Image Español Your 9-year old dog has been drinking a lot more lately and eating everything in sight. Plus, he’s developed a potbelly and is losing hair. A visit to the vet and some diagnostic tests confirm that he has hyperadrenocorticism, commonly known as Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s disease results when the body produces too much…

Combating Antibiotic Resistance

[embedded content] Learn more about why you may not need antibiotics when you’re sick and the problems antibiotics can cause if taken unnecessarily. Antibiotics are drugs used for treating infections caused by bacteria. Also known as antimicrobial drugs, antibiotics have saved countless lives. Misuse and overuse of these drugs, however, have contributed to a phenomenon…

Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants

[embedded content] Español First comes the itching, then a red rash, and then blisters. These symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can emerge any time from a few hours to several days after exposure to the plant oil found in the sap of these poisonous plants. The culprit: the urushiol oil. Here…

Danger: Don’t Drink Miracle Mineral Solution or Similar Products

Image If you’re drinking “Miracle” or “Master” Mineral Solution or other sodium chlorite products, stop now. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received many reports that these products, sold online as “treatments,” have made consumers sick. The FDA first warned consumers about the products in 2010. But they are still being promoted on social…

FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies

Español Researchers hope stem cells will one day be effective in the treatment of many medical conditions and diseases. But unproven stem cell treatments can be unsafe—so get all of the facts if you’re considering any treatment.  Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. Some unscrupulous…

Have You Given Blood Lately?

Image Español Every day, hospitals throughout the United States transfuse blood or blood components, such as platelets, to save the lives of people who are in motor vehicle accidents, and victims of fires and other emergencies. Blood is also required for many people with life-threatening illnesses and others undergoing routine surgeries. According to the Centers…

Treating and Preventing Head Lice

[embedded content] Español Head lice are most common among preschool children attending child care, elementary school children, and household members of children who have head lice. While lice are a year-round problem, the number of cases seems to peak when the kids go back to school in the fall and again in January, says Patricia…

‘Colored’ and Decorative Contact Lenses: A Prescription Is A Must

Español [embedded content] This overview of safe use for decorative and colored contacts includes tips for proper care. Wouldn’t it be cool to have vampire eyes for Halloween? Or deep violet eyes to match your purple sweater? How about your favorite sports team’s logo on your eyes just for fun? You can have all of…

Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib): Drug Safety Communication – Due to an Increased Risk of Blood Clots and Death with Higher Dose

[Posted 07/26/2019] AUDIENCE: Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology ISSUE: FDA has approved new warnings about an increased risk of blood clots and of death with the 10 mg twice daily dose of Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib), which is used in patients with ulcerative colitis. In addition, the approved use of tofacitinib for ulcerative colitis will…