Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 25

Research shows how lemon and lavender ease stress by acting on the immune system and gene expression. In colon cancer, patients with lots of immune-system cells in their tumors have better survival, and men and younger people risk more severe Erbitux rash. In other headlines,…

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FDA Alert: Clarcon Skin Products Have High Levels of Bacteria

The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to use skin sanitizers and skin protectants manufactured by the Clarcon Laboratory of Roy, Utah.  A recent inspection found high-levels of disease-causing bacteria in the products. Some of the bacteria can cause infections in the skin and…

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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 15

Despite more resources in large cities, patients were more often diagnosed with cancer at a late stage in cities in Illinois compared to rural areas. Phone calls and personalized diet and exercise plans helped long-term cancer survivors lose weight and gain strength, and scientists have…

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FDA Warns: Don't Eat Raw Alfalfa Sprouts

The Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts or combinations of sprouts that include alfalfa due to potential contamination with Salmonella Saintpaul. The Centers for Disease Control, working with the FDA and state health departments, have identified 31 cases of…

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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: April 17

This week we have research reports about risk of complications after hand-assisted laparoscopic colectomies, the benefit of music therapy during hospice treatment, and a gene that predicts better response to cetuximab. In other headlines, we found an excellent overview of the progress made in colorectal…

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FDA: Influend Cough and Cold Products Recalled

Ion Labs, Inc. of Clearwater Florida is voluntarily recalling all Influend cough and cold products, both tablets and liquids, sold on or after May 30, 2008.  Because of testing issues, the products may contain more active ingredients and have the potential to be extra potent….

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FDA Recommends Avoiding Pistachios Due to Salmonella

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella in California has recalled over a million pounds of pistachios after Salmonella was found in Back To Nature Trail Mix by Kraft Foods.  Kraft traced the contamination back to Setton. Setton is recalling both its large bulk shipments of pistachios to…

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Leucovorin Shortage Update

The Food and Drug Administration has updated information on the ongoing leucovorin shortage as of 3/23/09. Both Bedford Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals are reporting manufacturing delays for leucovorin.  Spectrum Pharmaceuticals has limited supplies of Fusilev® (levoleucovorin) which is a different formulation.  Fusilev dosages are not…

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FDA Warns Against Long Term Use of Reglan

The Food and Drug Adminstration is requiring that manufacturers of Reglan® (metoclopramide) to add a boxed warning to its label.  Long term or high dose use can lead to tardive dyskinesia, involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, even after the drug is discontinued. FDA…

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