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2009-11-04 19:06:32

New Formula Calculates More Accurate 'Lung Age' in Smokers(#7896, Wednesday, November 4, 1:30 PM ET) A new formula more accurately calculates a smoker's "lung age," which researchers hope will help persuade patients to quit the habit. A research team from Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, developed and evaluated a new lung age formula based on %FEV1/FEV6 rather than the current lung age formulas based on height and FEV1 or FVC. They found that the...

2009-11-03 12:54:21

In a comparison of five different smoking cessation medications, a nicotine patch plus a nicotine lozenge appears most effective at helping smokers quit, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Many smokers have successfully quit using a variety of smoking cessation pharmacotherapies, yet there is little direct evidence on the relative efficacies of these different pharmacotherapies," the authors write as background...

2009-10-20 09:00:00

New National Smoking Cessation Advertising Now Appearing During Major League Baseball Post Season Games on FOX WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new survey conducted by the American Legacy Foundation(R) (Legacy) finds that the majority (63 percent) of sports fans surveyed are current or former smokers and 76 percent of them have smoked while watching or attending sporting events. The study examines whether sports fans were exposed to secondhand smoke while watching...

2009-10-02 13:22:49

Research: Varenicline and suicidal behavior: A cohort study based on data from the General Practice Research Database There is no strong evidence that the popular smoking cessation drug varenicline increases the risk of self harm or depression compared to other cessation products, according to new research published on bmj.com Oct. 1. Varenicline is a recently introduced smoking cessation product of proven effectiveness, but there have been concerns that it may increase the risk of suicidal...

2009-08-12 08:30:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With the recent increase in the tobacco tax, many Floridians are faced with a tough decision in these already hard economic times - do they pay the extra dollar per pack or quit smoking for good. For those who want to quit, The Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) is here to help by offering free nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) and counseling. According to Kim Berfield, Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, when comparing the...

2009-07-20 01:03:23

U.S. researchers recommend beginning the nicotine patch before trying in earnest to stop smoking. The study, published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, finds the pre-cessation patch doubles the quit success rate. Right now, the nicotine patch is only recommended for use after the quit date, lead author Jed Rose of the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Research says in a statement. People who use the patch before quitting are likely to spontaneously reduce the number of cigarettes they...

2009-07-13 08:44:00

ALLEGAN, Mich., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO; TASE) today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex lozenge USP, 2 mg and 4 mg in cherry and cinnamon flavors. The new products will be marketed under store brand labels and are comparable to GlaxoSmithKline's Commit(R) lozenge, which is an aid to smoking cessation. Perrigo's Chairman and CEO Joseph C....

2009-07-08 15:00:00

MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), a leader in generic and specialty branded pharmaceuticals, today announced that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to market its over-the-counter Nicotine Polacrilex Gum USP, 2 mg and 4 mg strengths in the coated fruit and cinnamon flavors. Nicotine Polacrilex Gum coated fruit and cinnamon flavors are the generic...

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2009-07-01 16:32:37

The Food and Drug Administration is tightening up on smoking cessation drugs, Chantix and Zyban, by requiring the drugs to be labeled with safety warnings over side effects including depression and suicidal thoughts. New regulations are based on reports of people experiencing depression or having suicidal thoughts while using the drug. The FDA is also requiring a study on Chantix and Zyban to fully understand the side effects of the drugs. Pfizer Inc., which makes Chantix, already has been...

2009-07-01 15:30:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Florida state tobacco tax will increase by $1.00, the biggest of its kind in Florida history, to a total of $1.34 per pack, as part of the Protecting Florida's Health Act. The pressures of a higher price tag on cigarettes may prompt Florida smokers to try and quit spontaneously. New data published in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, shows that many U.S. quit attempts are unplanned and these types of attempts can be a successful...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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