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State-of-the-Art Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that are visible just under the skin. They can be hereditary or brought on during pregnancy. They can be caused by physical trauma or, very rarely, the result of a tumor. Varicose veins can affect men, but are most common in women.

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Stenting With Emboli-Protection Filter as Effective as Traditional Surgery to Clear Blocked Neck Arteries

A minimally invasive procedure to clear plaque-filled neck arteries is as effective as traditional surgery in patients at high risk for open surgery, according to new Cleveland Clinic-led research. The minimally invasive treatment uses a stent in combination with a special filter to catch any emboli, or bits of plaque, that break free during the procedure.\n

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Internet Challenges of Buying Prescription Drugs Online

When it comes to buying prescription drugs online, Canada is dealing with some of the same regulatory challenges that occur in the United States. In May, the Ontario College of Pharmacists announced that it laid charges against The Canadian Drug Store Inc. for operating an illegal Internet pharmacy based in Toronto. The store, which was filling prescriptions written by U.S. doctors for U.S. residents, was charged along with one of its directors with unlawfully operating an unaccredited pharmacy without registered pharmacists.

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Prescription Drugs' Use and Canada

Greg Thompson, Pharm.D, a pharmacy professor at the University of Southern California, agrees. "Getting drugs from Canada under the doctor's orders is different than getting drugs from Mexico on your own," he says. "Regulations in Mexico aren't as strict." But even if you obtain drugs from a place or in a manner that you consider to be safe, according to the FDA, you are almost always obtaining unapproved drugs.\n

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Limits on Re-Importation of Prescription Drugs

The FD&C Act also states that prescription drugs made in the United States and exported to a foreign country can only be re-imported by the drug's original manufacturer. Even when original manufacturers re-import drugs, the drugs must be real, properly handled, and relabeled for sale in the United States if necessary.

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Benefits of a Closed System of Drugs Distribution

Under the FD&C Act, the interstate shipment of any prescription drug that lacks required FDA approval is illegal. Interstate shipment includes importation--bringing drugs from a foreign country into the United States. Drugs sold in the United States also must have proper labeling that conforms with the FDA's requirements, and must be made in accordance with good manufacturing practices.\n

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Imported Drugs Raise Safety Concerns

Whether you're searching for a cheaper price or dodging the doctor's office, the FDA warns against using unapproved drugs. And just because a drug is approved in a foreign country, that doesn't mean it's approved in the United States. Drug standards and regulations vary from country to country and the FDA is responsible only for those marketed and sold inside the United States.

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Can inactivated influenza virus vaccine be used after its expiration date?

FDA does not recommend the use of any vaccine beyond the labeled expiration date. The primary purpose of the expiration date is to ensure that vaccines used in clinical practice meet their release specifications, which ensures that they continue to be safe and efficacious. Release specifications include potency (strength), content of excipients, and sterility.

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Influenza Virus Vaccine

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) in humans. The flu is different from a cold, mainly because the symptoms and complications are more severe. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, malaise (a feeling of being ill and without energy that can be extreme), cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

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Triggers of Migraines - Why You Should Know Yours

What causes migraines is still somewhat of a mystery. Doctors believe that it has to do with the blood vessels in the head contracting and then expanding. This happens from time to time to most people, but with migraineurs this tends to be more intense and painful. The exact cycle of events taking place in our brains during a migraine attack is still not fully understood.

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Migraines and Hormones " A Natural Approach

Migraine: some of the most common triggers of migraines are stress, food allergies, caffeine withdrawal, medications, lack of sleep, extreme weather conditions, blood sugar fluctuations, and hormone imbalances. Many migraine sufferers find little or no relief in either over-the-counter or prescription medications.

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