Pregnant? Get a Tdap vaccine to protect your baby.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a respiratory infection that affects about 3,000 infants, and is responsible for about 19 deaths, each year. We have a vaccine that protects against pertussis, but newborns can’t get it until they are 2 months old.
For this reason, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, has since 2005 recommended... [Read more]
Is the new obesity drug Belviq safe? Maybe . . . maybe not.
Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is an obesity drug that was recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and will soon be available by prescription. It works by stimulating certain receptors in the brain, thereby decreasing hunger and increasing the feeling of fullness after small amounts of food.
Since the FDA approved the medicine,... [Read more]
The leading cause of injury at aged 65 and over? Falls.
Between 30% and 40% of people aged 65 and over living in the community fall at least once per year. And as everyone who has an elderly relative knows, falls can be very serious and cause great harm.
Who is at risk for falls?
There is no single proven way to determine who is at risk for falling. However, the factor most often associated with falls is... [Read more]
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