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CVS Pulls Phenylephrine Cold Meds; Doc’s Murder/Suicide; Red Meat and Diabetes— Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by MedPage Today staff

Med Page Today
October 20, 2023
By Charles Bankhead, Senior Editor, MedPage Today


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CVS will stop selling widely used non-prescription cold medicines that contain the decongestant phenylephrineopens in a new tab or window, a decision that came just a month after an FDA advisory committeeopens in a new tab or window concluded that many of the products don’t work. (CNBC)

A Michigan nursing student was killed by her doctor/ex-boyfriend in a murder-suicideopens in a new tab or window. (People)

Gaza’s medical system is collapsingopens in a new tab or window. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, attacks on health systems in conflict zones have become more commonopens in a new tab or window over the past decade. (NBC News)

A former employee of a McKesson drug distribution center in New Castle, Pennsylvania, has been charged with tampering with consumer products after he allegedly replaced oxycodone with aspirin and acetaminophenopens in a new tab or window. (Pittsburgh Union Progress)

Canada’s medical assistance in dying lawopens in a new tab or window will be expanded to include people with substance use disorders, a move drug-user advocates liken to eugenics. (Vice)

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to a warming climateopens in a new tab or window, a problem that could be helped by designing and constructing better buildings. (STAT)

People living alone have a higher risk of cancer mortalityopens in a new tab or window. (Cancer)

NIH researchers have developed a smart-phone app that quickly analyzes human motionopens in a new tab or window to aid physical rehabilitation.

Early clinical results of AI-designed drugsopens in a new tab or window have yet to live up to the hype. (Endpoints News)

People who consumed more than one serving of red meat dailyopens in a new tab or window had a 50% higher risk of type 2 diabetes. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

Flu activity is 66% lower this year opens in a new tab or windowcompared with 2022, suggesting a return to the pre-pandemic norm of a two-wave flu season. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Considered hazardous waste, disposable e-cigarettesopens in a new tab or window cannot be thrown in the trash or recycled — so what happens with them? (AP)

viral TikTok videoopens in a new tab or window became a sounding board for frank conversations about sexually transmitted infections. (NBC News)

Ultra-processed foodsopens in a new tab or window that contain “feel-good chemicals” could be as addictive as nicotine. (Fox News)


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