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  • No one loves those summer pesky biting bugs, but how safe is Deet?
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    (WXYZ) – As much as we love summer, no one loves the pesky biting bugs that come with it. Insect repellents with Deet are widely used to keep them at bay but many people are still concerned about its main active ingredient.

    I understand people’s reluctance to use Deet as there have been reports of seizures and deaths that were potentially linked to it. But the Environmental Protection Agency has conducted two safety reviews and they did not identify any risks of concern to human health. Deet has also not been classified as a carcinogen, which means it has not been shown to cause cancer. But there have been reports of Deet toxicity. Most of them were mild and treated at home. But in a lot of those cases, the products were being misused or applied wrong.

    So when it comes to using Deet, here’s what I want you to know.  First you want to use the right concentration. You don’t need 100% Deet. If you’re only looking for several hours of protection, buy 30 percent Deet. The number represents how long it will keep you protected for, not how effective it is at keeping the bugs away. Next, be sure to read and follow the product’s instructions. Do not spray it near your eyes or mouth or over cuts, wounds or irritated skin. You can spray it on clothes and on exposed skin only. And also be sure to wash it off before bedtime.

    If you’re still not comfortable with using Deet, there are effective alternatives, like Picaridin and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Picardin has been shown to work just as well as Deet. And Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus has also done well in testing but it should not be used on kids younger than three. Both of these ingredients have been researched and checked out but not as thoroughly as Deet. Deet still is the most widely used bug repellent, its been used billions of times over the years and has been deemed not only highly effective but considered safe when used as directed.

    If you’d like to know if Deet is safe during pregnancy, click here.

    Partha’s RX

    1. You don’t need 100% Deet as this number represents how long it will keep you protected for, not how effective it is at keeping the bugs away. Keep your exposure minimal, if you only need several hours of protection, buy 30 percent Deet.
    2. Be sure to read and follow the product’s instructions. Do not spray it near your eyes or mouth or over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
    3. You can spray it on clothes and on exposed skin only. And also be sure to wash it off before bedtime.
    4. If you really don’t like Deet, there are other options like Picaridin and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. But don’t use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus on kids younger than three.

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  • Blood pressure, heart medications recalled due to potential cancer risk
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    (WXYZ) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recalling a common drug because of a potential link to cancer. Twenty-two other countries have already recalled this drug that’s often used to control blood pressure and treat heart conditions.

    The drug that’s being recalled is called Valsartan. It’s an active ingredient found in several drug products but not all of them are being recalled. Just the versions made by the following companies: Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Valsartan with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) also sold by Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals are also in the recall.

    The FDA assessed the valsartan-containing medications and has said they do not meet their safety standards. Now an organic chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA was found in the recalled products. This find was very unexpected and it’s speculated it may be in these products due to the way the substance was manufactured. Now NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen, which means that it could cause cancer. And based on lab tests, it’s been shown to cause tumors in the liver and kidney as well as in the respiratory tract. High levels may also cause liver damage as well.

    Valsartan is given to patients to help treat very serious medical conditions like hypertension and heart failure. Now I know the word cancer scares a lot of people but please do not stop taking your medication without your doctor’s permission or it could lead to dangerous consequences. If you’re not sure if your medication includes this ingredient, you can call your pharmacy or health care professional. Just remember that not all drugs containing Valsartan are being recalled and if you are taking one, to talk to your doctor about other treatment options.

    Partha’s RX

    1. Valsartan is given to patients to help treat very serious medical conditions like hypertension and heart failure. Now I know the word cancer scares a lot of people but please do not stop taking your medication without your doctor’s permission or it could lead to dangerous consequences.
    2. If you’re not sure if your medication includes this ingredient, you can call your pharmacy or health care professional.
    3. You can also check your medication label to see if the drug name and company are listed. If it is, you can follow the recall instructions set out by the company or check the FDA’s website.
    4. Not all drugs containing Valsartan are being recalled but if you are taking one, please talk to your doctor about other treatment options.

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  • Now that you’re older, do you really need less sleep?
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    (WXYZ) – As we all get older, many of us struggle with getting enough sleep. Are these changes a normal part of aging or is this just a popular misconception?

    The simple answer is no.  You do not need less sleep just because you’re now older. Many patients say to me, hey Doc, I just can’t sleep 7 or 8 hours a night, it’s not possible. And I understand their frustration because I can struggle with lack of sleep too. What can be confusing is that for many folks, your sleep ability decreases as you age. And you can really struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep compared to when you were younger. But just because you can’t sleep, doesn’t mean you need less sleep.

    Now lots of folks swear they only need 5 or 6 hours – so how do you know if you need more?  Our bodies are great at adapting, and I’m not saying this a good thing. But you can get used to sleeping less and think that’s all you need. You may feel fine now but in the long run, lack of sleep can increase your risk for scary conditions like diabetes, heart disease, forgetfulness, and obesity. So the way for you to tell if you’re not sleeping enough is to look at how you feel – do you wake up tired or feel sleepy during the day? Are you moody or anxious or have difficulty concentrating? Do you feel your quality of life has been affected? If so, then you’re likely not getting adequate sleep.

    So here’s what works for me.   The first is a nighttime routine. Falling asleep at the same time every night has really made a huge difference. And so has mediation and deep breathing exercises. Both of these can be done at night and are a great way to relax right before sleep and let go of any stress you’ve felt during the day.

    Partha’s RX

    1. You do not need less sleep just because you’re older. Adults under 64 years should aim for 7 -9 hours – older adults 7-8 hours is recommended.
    2. If you think you’re sleep deprived yet can’t stay asleep for long, you can try napping during the day. Power naps are best, not lasting more than 40 minutes.
    3. Try meditation and deep breathing exercises. Both of these can be done at night and are a great way to relax and let go of any stress you’ve felt during the day.
    4. If you’re suffering from insomnia, please see your doctor. Medical conditions can affect your quality of sleep like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, lung issues, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, and arthritis.

    Not getting enough sleep impacts your whole body, makes you sluggish, moody, and more likely to be obese, have a heart attack or diabetes, and get infections.  Like to learn more?  Click here.

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