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Aug '18 Health News

Epipen Shortage and Alternatives Coming Soon?


http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/epipen-shortage-health-canada-says-need-more-suppliers-1.4769044

The current Epipen shortage has raised questions about providing alternatives for the life saving medication. Pfizer's Epipen is currently the sole supplier of epinephrine autoinjectors, used in the treatment of anaphylactic allergic reactions. 


Update: In the interim, the Health Minister has allowed a second product to be sold, to deal with the shortages. The Auvi-Q injector will be allowed to be sold for a year and will be priced at $170. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/epipen-alternative-auvi-q-pricing-during-shortage-1.4807154


Hypertension and Air Conditioning


https://journals.lww.com/jhypertension/Abstract/publishahead/_My_blood_pressure_is_low_today,_do_you_have_the.97351.aspx

Researchers have further studied the effects of temperature on blood pressure. It seems that cooler temperatures increases blood pressure. For every 1 degree decrease in temperature, systolic pressure increased by .45 and diastolic pressure increased by .48. If you are at risk for blood pressure issues, this is worth paying attention to. 



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