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Recalls of Blood Pressure Med Took Toll on Patients’ Health

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Emergency room visits for high blood pressure surged following last year’s recall of the popular heart drug valsartan, Canadian researchers report.

Within the first month of the recall, there was a 55% increase of people coming to Ontario-area emergency departments complaining of high blood pressure, said lead researcher Cynthia Jackevicius. She is a senior scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, in Toronto.

Some of these patients likely were valsartan users who stopped taking the blood pressure med after seeing scary recall news citing a potential carcinogen found in some lots of the drug, Jackevicius said.

“Nine out of 10 did have an alternative replacement” for valsartan within three months. “However, that means that one out of 10 did not,” Jackevicius said.

“That’s a little bit concerning, that some of these patients may have either been confused or concerned, and decided not to switch to another medication,” she added.

The recall occurred in July 2018 in both Canada and the United States, after generics maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals detected trace amounts of a probable cancer-causing chemical called N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in valsartan meds.

It was an unusually large recall that involved intense media interest, and Jackevicius and her colleagues wondered how it might have affected the drug’s users.

So they turned to Canadian prescription and medical records to track how valsartan users responded to the crisis.

Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, a past president of the American College of Cardiology and a cardiologist at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, said, “It’s really interesting data, because my assumption would have been in Canada and the U.S. that substitution was made pretty much instantly.”

That’s what happened — mostly.

Within one month, 85% of patients had a new prescription for an alternative to their generic valsartan, Jackevicius said. By three months, 90% had a prescription for a different blood pressure drug.

But that left 10% of patients with recalled valsartan who hadn’t been prescribed an alternative, Jackevicius noted.

“Maybe they heard about the recall on the news and never went to their physician or clinician to get a substitution,” Walsh said.





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Make sure your Youtube playback settings are set to 1080p! Click on the settings wheel beneath the video to adjust. Filmed by Julia & Matt Buerhaus. www.editinglife.com. Music: “Sunday Sunrise” by Adrian Walther. Licensed through Soundstripe.

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The Practical Ed Tech Podcast – Episode #22 – Fitness, Code, and Q&A

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In this episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I share some thoughts about New Year’s Resolutions and fitness, share a bunch of Hour of Code resources, and answer questions from readers.

News & Notes
Next week is CS Ed Week. Lots of companies and organizations are hosting online and in-person events related to CS Ed Week and Hour of Code.
Microsoft is hosting 400 free events in their stores around the world:

Hour of Code Minecraft lessons:

Tynker has a lot of Hour of Code lessons and activities for free:

Of course, HourofCode.com has tons of resources for Hour of Code:

Don’t forget that Scratch and Scratch Jr are great ways to get kids introduced to programming.
I found a couple of Scratch books published by MIT that you might want to check out too:

Google announced a slew of updates to Google Sites that will be rolling out over the next month or so.
Revision/ version history
Review changes before publication

Flipgrid announced a bunch of updates earlier this week. Those include recording without audio, changing playback speed, video sorting, and immersive reader in feedback.

Speech to Text is rolling for the Mac version of Word.

Next week is the Practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference. It’s free. It’s online. Join us!

Reflections from my Classroom
It was a great week!
I had an observation done by my director and he was pleased with what I was doing while also giving me some ideas for managing some of my more energetic freshmen.
Speaking of freshmen, one of mine had a major break-through when he got his Android app working. He was totally psyched!
I Tweeted a picture of a sign that I put up on my classroom closet. The sign was basically a reminder to students to check with me and exhaust all possible repair options before grabbing new parts.
Also Tweeted this week, a picture of a 1994 Compaq 4/25 laptop. Original MSRP $2400 USD.

Questions from Readers & Listeners
Hi Richard. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I’m almost a neighbor (Central NH) with 2 kids at UMaine Orono… So I’m really almost a neighbor!

Any suggestions on polling apps for mobile devices? As always, thank you.
Kim

Richard,
I am interviewing for a technology integration specialist. I am teaching about infographics and google forms. What would be better to demo infographics using piktochart or google forms? Love your website and facebook posts!

Melissa

Hi Richard,
Do you have any Twitter chats that you recommend? Time? Topics?
Sam

Richard,
Do you have any suggestions for some tech interesting tech projects that I can do with my middle school social studies students before the Christmas break? I’ve got a group that’s very “busy” and needs something to do if we’re going to make it break.
Tyler

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Tb to when it was summer. I actually like how the look of my gallery changes with the seasons. 🍃🍂

Mit den Jahreszeiten verändert sich zwangsläufig auch komplett das Aussehen meiner Seite hier, was mir gut gefällt.
Das Bild ist im August entstanden, als draußen noch alles grün war (offensichtlich 🙄).



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