FDA limits prescription acetaminophen

The danger of liver failure caused by an overdose of acetaminophen has led the FDA to require prescription drug manufacturers to limit the amount of the pain reliever in their products. When used as directed, acetaminophen is generally safe. Problems occur mainly when you underestimate its toxicity or take more than you realize. Here are some ways to avoid trouble. (Locked) More »

Keeping up with your vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revises its immunization guidelines every year. No new vaccines have been added but there are some changes for 2011, in particular ones that apply to people at middle age or older. Here's a quick summary which includes flu shots, Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal vaccine. (Locked) More »

Minimally invasive treatments for bothersome leg veins

Varicose veins — those dark blue or purple leg veins that bulge above the skin's surface — can cause pain, discomfort and bleeding leg sores. Treating these enlarged leg veins can relieve discomfort and prevent complications. The common used to be surgery, but it has largely been replaced by less invasive procedures like injections or laser therapy. More »

In the journals: Mindfulness meditation practice changes the brain

Mindfulness meditation alters regions of the brain associated with memory, awareness of self, and compassion, according to a brain imaging study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Other studies have found differences in the brains of experienced meditators compared with non-meditators. This is the first investigation to document brain changes occurring over time in people learning how to meditate mindfully. More »