A look at three of the top health stories in the news from the week of January 2 to keep you health smart.
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The FDA allows abortion pills to be sold in pharmacies
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory change made Tuesday will now allow mifepristone and misoprostol to be purchased from pharmacies.
The 2-pill regimen used to end early pregnancies was previously distributed by some mail-order pharmacies and specially certified doctors or clinics. Under the new rules, patients will still need permission from a certified health care provider, but they can get the pills from regular pharmacies.
The change comes as abortion pills are becoming more in demand following last year’s supreme court decision that overturned Roe V. Wade.
Tips on how to have a dry January
We’re a few days into Dry January, and whether you’ve started or want to, these tips can help you get through the alcohol-free month in an effort to be more health conscious.
Experts say first things first: If you have alcohol in your home, get rid of it.
Next, if you know you’re going to a place that will involve drinking, bring your own soft drink.
And most importantly, if you slip up one night and drink, don’t quit – just pick up again the next day.
FDA adds sesame to major list of food allergens
The FDA has added sesame to its main list of food allergens. Now, manufacturers must list the seed each time it is used.
The move is expected to provide major relief to the 1.6 million people in America with life-threatening sesame allergies.