FDA WARNING: If you’re 40 or older, eating too much black licorice can send you to the hospital

As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy—or, more precisely, black licorice.

Days before the biggest candy eating holiday of the year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages moderation if you enjoy snacking on the old fashioned favorite.

So, if you’re getting your stash ready for Halloween, here’s some advice from FDA:

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Stop a Heart Attack Before it Happens

Walter Groesel (free image.com)

Walter Groesel (free image.com)

CATCHING THESE SUBTLE EARLY-WARNING SIGNS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Chest pain…shortness of breath…feeling faint…and/or discomfort in the arm—or even the neck, jaw or back. If you are overcome by such symptoms and perhaps even have an intense and sudden “sense of doom,” you’re likely to suspect a heart attack and rush to a hospital.

But wouldn’t it be better to get a heads-up beforehand that a heart attack is on the way?

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Taking Antibiotics for Traveler’s Diarrhea – Don’t

stomach acheWhen you have a serious infection, you want your antibiotic to work fast and thoroughly and to kill the bacteria before they possibly kill you. But if the bacteria causing infection have learned to outsmart the antibiotic, then you’re in real trouble. Overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics are key factors in training bacteria to trump treatment.

So if you thought you could avoid a really uncomfortable case of diarrhea by popping an antibiotic—as many travelers do to avoid traveler’s diarrhea—would you?

I hope not. And I’ll tell you why.

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What the Weather Does to Your Heart

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snicer (sxc.hu)

The arctic blast that brought tundra like temperatures to much of the country this winter has left behind more than frozen pipes and frost-nipped noses. During a typical winter, there are up to 36% more circulatory-related deaths than during warmer months.

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Flu-Fighting Facts That May Surprise You

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Cieleke (sxc.hu)

The flu is an illness that you hear so much about year after year that it’s easy to assume you know all there is to know about it. That’s a mistake. Widely held assumptions about the flu often are wrong—and dangerous. By learning the facts, you can help yourself and loved ones from being among the estimated 36,000 Americans who will die this year due to pneumonia and other flu-related complications. Common misconceptions… Read the rest of this entry »


New Four-Strain Flu Vaccine

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zeathiel (sxc.hu)

Is It Right for You?

Have you heard? There’s a new type of flu vaccine that guards against four strains of flu rather than just the usual three strains.

We have some questions about this new quadrivalent flu vaccine, of course. For instance: Is it safe? How well does it work? (A fair question, considering that last year’s vaccine was only 56% effective.) How can you tell whether it’s right for you? And will you be able to find it if you want it? (Another fair question, given last year’s shortages.)

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Relieve Genital Pain

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Ana Labate (sxc.hu)

Remedies That Relieve Genital Pain in Women

Ladies, have you ever worn too-tight jeans that rubbed your crotch raw…developed an itchy all-over rash that really did go everywhere…or had a sore or an infection (or even a cut from shaving the bikini area) that made your private parts painful or tender?

When discomfort occurs “down there”—especially when there is an open sore or when pain is accompanied by other symptoms that could indicate an infection, such as a fever or vaginal discharge—of course you need to contact your doctor so he or she can diagnosis the complaint and prescribe treatment. To relieve simple chafing or other minor injuries or irritations, though, there often are steps you can take at home that bring relief, said Joel M. Evans, MD, gynecologist and director of the Center for Women’s Health in Stamford, Connecticut. In some cases, the remedies suggested below also can alleviate discomfort while you wait for your doctor-prescribed treatment to take effect.

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