Yaz and Yasmin

Among the many birth control pills in the market today, Yaz and Yasmin are two of the most prescribed and widely-used by women. They are both manufactured by Bayer, and are both made up of a combination of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and drospirenone (progesterone). Although they are generally made up of the same hormones, there are certain differences that may matter when you are choosing which one to use.

One of the main differences between Yaz and Yasmin are in the amount of hormones in each combination. Although both have the same amount of drospirenone (3mg), Yaz has a lower amount of ethinyl estradiol (20 mcg) compared to Yasmin (30 mcg). Also, dosage instructions for Yaz is 24 days (with 4 placebo pills), while Yasmin is only taken for 21 days (with 7 placebo pills). Meanwhile, Yasmin is prescribed exclusively as a birth control pill, while Yaz can double as a birth control pill and as treatment for people with moderate acne. Even the FDA has approved Yaz to be effective in easing PMDD symptoms.

Despite their subtle differences, both pills have been known to cause side effects to women, particularly those using them for some years. Besides the garden-variety side effects that most birth control pills cause, Yaz and Yasmin can also increase the risks of blood clots, strokes, and pulmonary embolism. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, women who suffer life-threatening side effects may be able to hold Bayer accountable for their injuries through a Yasmin lawsuit. Both pills can also alter or interact with other prescription or over-the-counter drugs, which can render them useless or heighten the risks of liver, kidney and adrenal problems.

Women with already high levels of potassium in the body are not advised to take either Yaz or Yasmin. Those who are over the age of 35 and are heavy smokers are also persuaded to not take Yaz or Yasmin, along with those who suffer from blood clotting problems, heart complications, high blood pressure, depression, and those who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Because both Yasmin and Yaz are birth control pills, they should not be taken without the consent and information of your doctor, therefore proper medical supervision is necessary before taking them.

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Mystery Multi-State Outbreak Baffles Health Watchdogs

Parasite-infested greens have affected hundreds of consumers in multiple states, but so far the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received notice of 610 cases of Cyclosporiasis from 22 state health departments. The affected states include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The first cases were reported in the first two weeks of June but by August 10, no new cases were being reported. Out of the 610 cases, 45 required hospitalization but no deaths have been reported.

Cyclospora infections or cyclosporiasis is caused by the ingestion of the pathogen Cyclospora cayetanensis, which is transmitted in human feces, through contaminated water, fruits and vegetables. The infection causes watery diarrhea and it is often acquired by adult foreigners who go to areas where the pathogen is endemic, and bringing it home with them. This is why cyclosporiasis is often called “traveler’s diarrhea.”

There is an ongoing effort to find the origins of the infection, and it seems indicated that not all the cases are directly linked and may not have come from the same source. An early traceback by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the salad mix from Mexico-based Taylor Farms de Mexico as the source of the parasite in two states, but subsequent investigation of the producer’s facilities showed no signs of contamination. Taylor Farms had voluntarily ceased operations pending the outcome of the investigation but has now resumed. In the meantime, efforts continue to find the true source of the contamination.

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