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Health Updates 21 April 2011

  • FDA warns manufacturers to stop making MRSA claims: “Labeling and marketing materials for the affected products also claim that they can prevent infection from other disease-causing agents.  In addition, the labeling of some of the firms’ hand sanitizing drug products make claims related to preventing infection from E.coli and/or H1N1 flu virus.  The FDA does not have sufficient evidence demonstrating that these products are safe and effective for these purposes”. (FDA.gov)
  • Eating may help brain injuries: “Military personnel who suffer traumatic brain injury need to be fed adequately and immediately to reduce the severity of trauma and improve their chance of survival, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine, a finding that also has implications for people sustaining head injuries in other situations, such as sports and traffic accidents”.  (Wall Street Journal)
  • Placenta is linked to fetal brain development, not the mother: “The finding, published in the journal Nature, could help explain what leads to brain disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.  And it shows that the placenta does a lot more than simply transport nutrients from a mother to her unborn baby”.  (NPR)
  • Good nutrition is critical to senior health: “Many older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition.  Know the causes and signs of nutrition problems in older adults, as well as steps you can take to ensure a nutrient-rich diet for an older loved one”.  Malnutrition in older adults can lead to health problems, including fatigue, depression, weak immune systems, anemia, muscle weakness, which can lead to falls and fractures, digestive, lung and heart problems and poor skin integrity.  Read the full report for other signs and solutions. (Mayo Clinic)
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