Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tylenol Recall & Year End 2009

Hello to everyone here at "Welcome To My Little Corner Of The World"

Here we are another year has just about ended and hopefully 2010 will be a healthy and happy new year for us all.

I know this time of the year can cause depression and sadness for some of us who have no family near by but we cope we have to especially with our lung disease we really can not afford to get down cause it will bring us down.As I have said before others out there are worse of than I am I keep that thought and it does help.

Because of the cold and flu and germs all around I changed my plans to visit family up North till the spring. Now here's an interesting tid you realize that Airplanes do NOT clean the cabins between flights ! All they do is empty the trash, now think about this...the germs all over the tray tables, the seat handles even the a/c and light fixture above you is not ever sanitized nor are the bathroom stall door handles...what I will do on my flight north is bring a box of hand wipes and wipe everything down. Now I received the following Health Alert from the FDA.
Until we meet again my friends remember,
Inhale ~123
Exhale ~1234

Breathe Easy,

Happy New Year to everyone ! FDA Posts Expanded Tylenol Recall - All
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McNeil Consumer Healthcare and FDA notified consumers that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include all available product lots of TYLENOL Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles, with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP.
Consumers who purchased TYLENOL Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP from the lots (all) included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil for instructions on a refund or replacement.
In November 2009, 5 lots of this product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The odor is caused by the presence of a chemical 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials. The health effects of this compound have not been well studied, and to date all of the observed events reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lung Disorders/Using Inhalers properly

Good Afternoon to everyone here at "Welcome To My Little Corner Of The World"

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful "Thanksgiving" I sure did ! Saturday Dec.12th. some of us will be celebrating "Hanukkah", and on Dec.25th some of us will be celebrating "Christmas" ! and then we have "Kwanzaa on Dec. 26th. "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone !

See below for great information I received today from "John Hopkins University" regards to using Inhalers properly.

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COPD Patients: Take a Deep Breath
Proper technique is the key to benefiting from dry powder inhalers (DPIs) that treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. But data presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians suggest that many patients with COPD can't or don't know how to use their inhalers properly.
Compared with aerosol metered dose inhalers, DPIs are considered "user-friendly." They don't require coordination between breathing in and squeezing the inhaler to release medication, and DPIs rely on your breath rather than chemical propellants to get the COPD medicine into your lungs.
But using DPIs requires a measured, forceful inhalation to ensure that the powdered COPD medication gets from the inhaler to deep in your lungs. If you inhale too quickly, the powder ends up at the back of your throat; if you breathe too slowly or too gently, it doesn't go anywhere; and if you accidentally exhale, the powder might get blown away.
Aerosol metered dose inhalers, such as albuterol and ipratropium, give fast relief during acute respiratory attacks, but most DPIs are prescribed to control COPD symptoms. If you are not using your DPI properly, your COPD can progress, or you may frequently experience acute COPD episodes that require hospitalization.
Researchers from Offenburg Hospital in Germany reported that 32% of 224 patients made mistakes using their DPIs that prevented them from getting the right dose of medication. Errors were most common in patients who were over 60 and in people with severe lung obstruction.
Each of the various DPIs works differently. Diskus models contain several weeks' worth of individual doses. Other DPIs look more like traditional tube inhalers and might contain individual doses or need to be loaded with a medication capsule before each use.
If you're prescribed a DPI for your COPD, ask your doctor both to show you how to use it and then to watch as you use the DPI yourself. Bring your inhaler to each doctor's visit to double-check your technique. If you are having trouble, your doctor can prescribe a traditional metered dose inhaler. Combining this type of pressurized inhaler with a spacer -- a device that attaches to the inhaler and holds the medication for a few seconds before releasing it into your airways -- can reduce problems with hand-breath coordination.

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