Popular anti-anxiety medications may be highly addictive, FDA says. But is the warning too late?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said last month it will now require makers of benzodiazepines to outline the risks of abuse, addiction, physical dependence and withdrawal on the drugs’ labels.

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” which include brand name drugs like Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Librium and Valium, are used for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, seizures, social phobia and panic disorder.

These prescription drugs have been around for decades but now there’s growing evidence that benzodiazepines have a high potential for abuse and addiction.

“If monitored carefully, they have a great effect and can be very helpful to many patients who take them as prescribed,” Dr. Bechoy Abdelmalek, a psychiatrist working in a chemical dependency clinic in New York City, told ABC News.

PHOTO:Xanax.

The medications, however, can be addictive and there is a thriving black market for these pills.

“Benzodiazepines will not be the next big epidemic. They have been a

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Children will not likely see a coronavirus vaccine until late 2021: Experts

While drug companies and governments around the world are in an all-out sprint to develop a coronavirus vaccine for adults, the race to identify one that is safe and effective for children lags far behind, meaning America’s youngest may not be vaccinated until late next year, health experts told ABC News.

Despite recent evidence that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, experts say the delay is appropriate, because a vaccine should be tested in adults first to ensure it’s safe and effective before being tested in children.

“We wouldn’t start injecting five-year-olds before we knew what this vaccine did in adults,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.

“Kids are not little adults, they have very different immune systems, and you might need to have a completely different kind of vaccine

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Elmhurst Virus Cases Up Over 60 percent Since Late July

ELMHURST, IL — Elmhurst saw 46 new coronavirus cases in the last week, up 6 percent from a week before, according to the DuPage County Health Department. The total as of Sunday was 799. That’s up by 61 percent since late July.

As of Sunday, Elmhurst had seen 46 coronavirus-related deaths so far, according to the health department. That number has not gone up in weeks.

Nursing homes are often hotbeds for the coronavirus, but those numbers have barely budged in recent week. In Elmhurst, The Grove of Elmhurst reported 98 cases as of Friday, according to the state Department of Public Health. It was followed by 44 at Artis Senior Living and 20 at Lexington of Elmhurst. The total coronavirus deaths are 20 at Artis, 5 at The Grove and 13 at Lexington. Artis’ outbreak was early in the crisis and the home has seen hardly any effects in

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It’s Never Too Late to Become a Dentist

For many people it takes a while for them to figure out exactly what they want to do with their lives. Some of them even put all of their efforts into pursuing a career path that they hate. They loathe going to work every morning. The only time they are actually happy is when they are away from their job. Some people, on the other hand, choose to stay and deal with their decision. Then, there are others who decide, even at an older age, to change careers. If this describes you and you are thinking about becoming a dentist there are several things you can do to make your transition a smooth one.

One of the things you can do is network. Try to attend dental seminars, conferences and conventions. This will allow you to meet professionals and ask them questions that can’t necessarily be answered in a textbook. … Read More