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Can Zantac transfer from a pregnant woman to her baby?

Although a mother's body filters the world around her to protect her fetus, the growing baby still has some exposure. What the mother hears, the infant hears. What she eats nourishes the child. There are some things a mother does not want to get to her child. For example, she may not want the medications she uses to reach the growing baby.

It is true that medicines may cross from the mother's body to the baby. In many cases, this is not concerning. Mothers should discuss how this works and which medications are best in more detail with their healthcare provider. However, parents are wise to be aware of recent studies that have found that ranitidine, the popular heartburn medication often sold as Zantac, crosses from the mother to her growing infant.

It's Movember! What men need to know about Zantac's link to cancer

November marks the beginning of "Movember," a term first used in an effort to raise awareness of men's health issues. Are you taking part in the Movember movement?

What is Movember?

Movember began in 2003 when two friends realized moustaches provide a great conversation starter. Why not, the story goes, use this conversation starter to navigate into the sometimes-uncomfortable discussions about men's health issues like testicular, prostate and other male cancers?

Asbestos, a word no one wants to be associated with

Recently, a town in Quebec voted to change its name because its current name is a word no one in Ohio or anywhere else in the world wants to be associated with any longer. Starting in December, Asbestos, Quebec will be renamed Val-des-Sources, which means valley of the springs. The new name certainly has a more calming feel to it.

The town was named Asbestos due to its proximity to Jeffrey Mine, which used to be the world's largest asbestos mine. That used to be something the townspeople were proud of, but with the asbestos bans that started in the 1970s, it's a part of the town's history that many would rather forget. The town's mayor claims no one wants to receive mail with the name Asbestos on it, as it is now considered something to fear rather than a valuable mineral.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority facing asbestos allegations

Ohio was supposed to have been the destination location for an environmental company reportedly hired to remove toxic waste from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) sites in another state between 2010 and 2016. MTA says it signed a contract with the environmental company, and the terms stipulated the asbestos waste removed from the MTA sites was to be transported to this state. Legal problems have now arisen because a man renting a home with his three children has reported that two large trailers on the property contain asbestos waste. MTA officials have been notified and say the trailers contain the waste that the removal company was supposed to transport out of state. 

The father of three has been renting the home on the potentially toxic property for approximately five months. He stated that he has paid his rent through the new year and wants the dangerous asbestos waste removed from his backyard. The man also explained to reporters that the asbestos inside the trailers is friable, increasing the risk that a person who might ingest the microscopic particles, as they're released into the air, could contract a terminal illness, such as mesothelioma.

Ohio students could be at risk for asbestos exposure


A safe learning environment should always be a priority, but many Ohio students attend schools that pose serious health risks. Amid crumbling infrastructure are problems with drinking water, lead paint and even asbestos. This means that there is an entire generation of students who could go on to develop serious health problems like mesothelioma or asbestosis.

Asbestos: School superintendent accused of hiding information

Ohio schools are obligated to provide information, training and equipment to keep faculty, students and visitors to school properties as safe as possible at all times. In a neighboring state, a former school superintendent and other officials are facing felony charges regarding issues pertaining to asbestos and lead. A grand jury has stated that the former superintendent and two others placed students, faculty and other staff members at great risk. 


Asbestos: Friability is a significant factor toward risk

In many Ohio office buildings, schools, churches and even homes, there are hidden dangers lurking that could place people at risk for serious illness and injury. Asbestos is a compilation of microscopic materials that are often contained in building products, such as spray insulation, cabinetry, ceiling tiles and more. There is no known amount of safe exposure to asbestos, but there are certain issues that are thought greatly increase one's risk for injury, one of which is friability. 

Friability refers to whether an item can be easily crumbled. A good analogy is a ball of dried soil that can be easily crumbled in the hand. The easier an asbestos product can be crumbled, the more likely its microscopic fibers will fill the air, placing any person in the vicinity at risk of ingestion or inhalation. 

What is the connection between Zantac and breast cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we watch loved ones, sports figures, celebrities and musicians wear pink in a sign of support and solidarity we may also find ourselves looking back at our progress. While we look back, we may question the causes of breast cancer and how much we have progressed in reducing the risk we face of developing this disease.

One connection gaining media attention: the use of the popular acid-reducing and heartburn drug Zantac and an increased risk of breast cancer.

Food and Drug Administration recalls diabetes drug

For those in Ohio and across the country who struggle with diabetes, maintaining a healthy glucose level is essential. High glucose levels can lead to serious complications, and many with diabetes rely on medications to help them regulate those levels and remain healthy. Unfortunately, according to a drug recall recently published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, even those drugs may place people at risk.

A commonly used medication for lowering glucose levels in diabetic patients is now the subject of a recall. Marksans Pharma Limited, the manufacturer of metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets, has recalled the medication because it apparently contains high levels of cancer-causing contaminants. Marksans Pharma Limited manufactures the drugs in India and distributes them in the United States and elsewhere. However, Marksans products are not the only ones that contain the contaminants.

Zantac recall -- it's more than cancer

The popular heartburn drug Zantac has been linked to cancer, putting patients at risk for potentially fatal side effects. Cancer is not the only health concern linked to this and other proton pump inhibitors, though. A more recent study shows that people who regularly take PPIs are also much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, especially when taken alongside other types of heartburn drugs -- including those related to the Zantac recall.

In addition to heartburn, PPIs are also used to treat other digestive conditions, like peptic ulcers. Patients in Ohio can get PPIs by prescription from their doctors or can purchase them over the counter. These drugs have already been linked to conditions such as stomach cancer, digestive tract infections, kidney disease and bone fractures.

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