Several noxious plastic byproducts, including BPA and a substance called styrene trimer, have been detected in small quantities in the ocean
Contrary to the commonly held belief that plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to decompose, researchers now report that some types of plastic begin to break down in the ocean within one year, releasing potentially toxic bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals into the water.
This World Ocean Day, June 08th, let’s remember that BPA has harmful effect not only on our health but on marine ecosystems too. BPA is an estrogen-like endocrine-disrupting chemicals very similar to DES
Confessions of a Prescription Drug Pusher: Antipsychotics Off Label, Nursing Homes, Gwen Olsen
Gwen Olsen spent fifteen years as a very successful sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry working for health care giants including Johnson & Johnson, Syntex Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories and Forest Laboratories. Now her new work is dedicated to the memory of her niece and her mission is to stop the over-medication of our children. Gwen is the author of Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher and travels around the United States speaking to groups. In this video: Marketing Antipsychotics Off Label, Gwen talks about her experience pushing drugs for a pharmaceutical company.
Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence believes doctors do not give enough information or support to women at risk of miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. NICE says that the NHS should consider setting up dedicated services for pregnant women who may have an ectopic pregnancy or who experience pain or bleeding in their first trimester. This is according to their December 2012 guideline on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in early pregnancy.
Fears of a crisis in drug innovation have grown over the years
” Despite the more than $50 billion that U.S. pharmaceutical companies have spent every year since the mid-2000s to discover new medications, drugmakers have barely improved on old standbys developed decades ago. ”
Only 200 of the over 100,000 chemicals used and produced in the US were tested for safety
Interesting update on the Chemical Policy Reform. Is it really too much asking that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the products we purchase don’t cause breast cancer or other health harms?
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has issued a report with the purpose to raise awareness. But the list of things the RCOG suggest avoiding during pregnancy is extensive and is likely to cause alarm.
Alastair Hay, Prof of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds said “This report is really unhelpful and does not provide mothers-to-be with useful advice…” What do you think?
Diethylstilbestrol exposure increases breast cancer risk
” Risk factors that cause breast cancer are not a guarantee that you will get the disease, but it will increase your chance… While your doctor may not discuss all the breast cancer risks with you, it is your responsibility to take charge of your health and be aware of them… ”
No one knows a prescription drug’s side effects like the person taking it
” Drug side effects are now a leading cause of death, disability, and illness. Experts estimate that only 1–10% of “serious” adverse events (those causing hospitalization, disability, or death) are ever reported. Not to mention the millions of “medically mild” adverse drug events that occur each year — ones that compromise a person’s concentration, functioning, judgment, and ability to care.
RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening. ”
No one knows a prescription drug’s side effects like the person taking it. Make your voice heard!