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Adults, get up and go!

| Updated on March 08, 2018

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AGEING

Adults, get up and go!

Regular physical activity is vital for healthy ageing. It can help delay, prevent, or manage many costly chronic diseases. Physical activity can reduce the risk of premature death. Yet, a new study published by the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 31 million adults aged 50 and older are inactive, that is, do not get any physical activity beyond basic movement. Many adults want to be active but face barriers. Everyone, including governments, transportation engineers and community planning professionals, and community organisations can play a role in creating a culture that supports physical activity, a CDC .note said.

MEDICINES

EU Pharmaco-vigilance meet

The European Medicines Agency is organising a stakeholder forum on the pharmaco-vigilance legislation on September 21. This is to review the progress made and to plan on what needs to be the focus to promote and protect public health. The 2012 law has been instrumental in proactively planning the safety monitoring of medicinesthrough better defined roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders, including the pharma industry, regulators, patients and healthcare professionals.

Contraceptive pill

Don’t ‘mix and match

Women needing the emergency contraceptive pill containing levonorgestrel should tell their healthcare professional if they are taking medicines for epilepsy or certain infections (tuberculosis, HIV, fungal infections), or herbal remedies such as St John’s Wort as these may reduce how well the emergency contraceptive works, UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said. To protect against unwanted pregnancies, women taking these medicines may need to take a double dose of the emergency contraceptive for it to be effective.

Published on September 16, 2016

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