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Mark Bello

Is Your “Go To” Pain Reliever Safe?

They are commonly used to treat ailments like headaches, back pain, toothaches, fever, cramps, strains and sprains. But, can your favorite “go to” pain reliever increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke? Though there are many brands of over-the-counter […]

Mark Bello

Talking to Teens about Medicine Safety

This is National Poison Prevention Week, a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the US, […]

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Is Your Public Playground a Safe Place to Play?

Playgrounds are a part of all of our childhood memories whether at school or the local public park, but, every year more than 200,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms from playground related injuries. Some injuries involve falls on hard […]

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Deceitful Marketing Tactics Won’t Prove Manhood

Due largely to drug makers’ aggressive direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has become a big business projected to reach profits of $5 billion by 2017.  But, huge profits should not come with a huge price to pay for […]

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CDC Frees Up Experimental Drug to Fight Brain-Eating Amoeba

Miltefosine, a potentially life-saving experimental drug to treat people infected with the rare, but deadly “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri, is now available to U.S. doctors directly from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amoeba causes a deadly […]

Mark Bello

Keep Children Safe; Put Meds Up and Away

Summer activities usually mean – keep the first aid kit handy for those scrapes and bruises, but before the final school bell rings for the year, parents need to “walk their…

Mark Bello

The Role of the Beers List

I am not talking about a list of the most popular adult beverages. The Beers list, formally known as the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, is a list of…

Mark Bello

Prescription Errors are Tough to Swallow

A New Jersey CVS Pharmacy mistakenly gave as many as fifty children Tamoxifen, a powerful cancer fighting medication, instead of the prescribed fluoride tablets. Although some children ingested…

Mark Bello

Cholesterol Drugs to get New Warnings

If you take a cholesterol-lowering drug called a statin, there is some new safety information to know. New research shows cholesterol drugs, such as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, and Vytorin may…

Mark Bello

FDA to Investigate Safety of Inhalable Caffeine

Are you one of those people who needs a hot cup ‘o joe to help you get through the day? Maybe you don’t like the taste of coffee or don’t want the extra calories, but would love…