Medicine

Health officials warn on TikTok ‘Benadryl challenge’

Health officials have issued a new warning against abusing the allergy medicine Benadryl after reports emerged of a so-called “Benadryl challenge” gaining popularity on social media.

Reminiscent of the deadly “Tide Pod Challenge”, the latest dangerous social media trend is encouraging young people to take higher-than-recommended doses of the over-the-counter drug whose generic name is diphenhydramine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in a statement Thursday that this can lead to “serious heart problems, seizures, coma or even death.”

“We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the ‘Benadryl Challenge’ encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok,” the agency added.

MORE: TikTok, WeChat to be banned from US app stores starting Sunday

The statement said that the FDA contacted TikTok and “strongly urged them to remove the videos from their platform and to be vigilant to

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TikTok trend sparks FDA warning after teenagers reportedly hospitalised

FDA warns of dangers associated with 'Benadryl Challenge' on TikTok (Getty Images)
FDA warns of dangers associated with ‘Benadryl Challenge’ on TikTok (Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning of the dangers associated with taking higher than recommended doses of the allergy medication Benadryl after a TikTok “challenge” reportedly saw people hospitalised.

On Thursday, the agency cited reports of teenagers “ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the ‘Benadryl Challenge,’” which reportedly involved people ingesting high doses of the medicine to induce hallucinations.

According to the FDA, participating in the dangerous trend could lead to “serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death.”

“We are investigating these reports and conducting a review to determine if additional cases have been reported. We will update the public once we have completed our review or have more information to share,” the FDA said.

The FDA also said it had contacted TikTok and “strongly urged them” to remove the videos

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New Zealand’s Beauty Brands Are Setting The Standard For Sustainability

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Here’s What It Takes For Fashion Brands To Be Sustainable. Can The Industry Be Saved?

It’s time to wake up. On Global Day of Climate Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action. By now, the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment are well-known. With natural resources being used faster than they can be renewed, and more clothing produced by brands (and thrown out by consumers) than ever before, the environmental impact of the industry, as it currently operates, is catastrophic. “In the U.S., 11 million tons of textiles go into landfills every year,” says Kristy Caylor, CEO and co-founder of For Days, a zero-waste, organic line of basics. “When these clothes decompose, they release methane which is more harmful than CO2.” With this in

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Tesco, Morrisons and Aldi bring back food rationing

Tesco has urged customers not to panic buy warning it “creates a tension in the supply chain”. - AFP
Tesco has urged customers not to panic buy warning it “creates a tension in the supply chain”. – AFP

Tesco, Morrisons and Aldi have reintroduced food rationing as fears of a second wave of coronavirus rise among shoppers. 

Tesco has today placed limits on toilet roll, with some customers saying there is a limit of just one pack per customer.

Morrisons has confirmed it is rationing selected items, and has introduced buying limits on some of its most popular essentials. Purchases will be restricted to three items per customer on a small number of products including toilet toll and disinfectant, as the country records a high number of new coronavirus cases.

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said panic buying was “unnecessary” and added that it only “creates a tension in the supply chain”.  

A Morrisons spokesman told ITV news that although there is plenty of stock available, it has already implemented

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Pac-12 football returns; Cuomo says New York will review vaccines approved by feds; fears of a second wave in Europe

New York state officials will conduct a review of any coronavirus vaccines approved by the federal government before recommending them to New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Cuomo said he feared President Donald Trump would strongarm the Food and Drug Administration into using insufficiently rigorous standards to approve vaccines. 

“We are going to put together our own review committee that will advise me, so i can look at the camera and I can say, ‘It is safe to take,'” Cuomo said.

In Houston, a new study indicates the coronavirus, which has infected almost 7 million people in the U.S. alone, may have mutated to a strain that’s more contagious, though not more deadly.

In Britain, the government is considering a plan to intentionally infect healthy volunteers to expedite a determination on which vaccine candidates are effective.

In Missouri, the city of St. Charles has banned music in clubs after

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Cuomo says New York will review vaccines approved by feds; fears of a second wave in Europe

New York state officials will conduct a review of any coronavirus vaccines approved by the federal government before recommending them to New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Cuomo said he feared President Donald Trump would strongarm the Food and Drug Administration into using insufficiently rigorous standards to approve vaccines. 

“We are going to put together our own review committee that will advise me, so i can look at the camera and I can say, ‘It is safe to take,'” Cuomo said.

In Houston, a new study indicates the coronavirus, which has infected almost 7 million people in the U.S. alone, may have mutated to a strain that’s more contagious, though not more deadly.

In Britain, the government is considering a plan to intentionally infect healthy volunteers to expedite a determination on which vaccine candidates are effective.

In Missouri, the city of St. Charles has banned music in clubs after

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If You Suffer from Allergies, Plant These Flower Varieties

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Do you suffer from outdoor or seasonal allergies? If so, you may feel like your options for planting flowers in your backyard are limited. After all, the pollen output in some varieties can trigger an intense response for many people. But just because you suffer from this ailment doesn’t mean you have to forgo flowers all together. There are several options out there that cause minimal irritation—you just need to know which ones (and then make sure they’ll grow in your region). Here, an allergist and a floral expert outline which types of blooms will trigger your seasonal and outdoor allergies the least. Plus, they offer their best tips for mitigating irritation in the first place.

Related: Is It Seasonal Allergies or a Cold?

Roses and tulips are safest.

Christina Stembel, the founder and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers, suggests allergy sufferers plant roses and tulips. “Both of

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Losing Your Hair Can Be Another Consequence of the Pandemic

Annrene Rowe was hospitalized for 12 days with coronavirus symptoms earlier this year; since then, she has noticed her hair falling out in clumps.(Eve Edelheit/The New York Times)
Annrene Rowe was hospitalized for 12 days with coronavirus symptoms earlier this year; since then, she has noticed her hair falling out in clumps.(Eve Edelheit/The New York Times)

Annrene Rowe was getting ready to celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary this summer when she noticed a bald spot on her scalp. In the following days, her thick, shoulder-length hair started falling out in clumps, bunching up in the shower drain.

“I was crying hysterically,” said Rowe, 67, of Anna Maria, Florida.

Rowe, who was hospitalized for 12 days in April with symptoms of the coronavirus, soon found strikingly similar stories in online groups of COVID-19 survivors. Many said that several months after contracting the virus, they began shedding startling amounts of hair.

Doctors say they too are seeing many more patients with hair loss, a phenomenon they believe is indeed related to the coronavirus pandemic, affecting both people who had the

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Brain Booster Supplements May Have Unapproved Drugs

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Dietary supplements marketed as brain boosters may contain high doses of pharmaceutical drugs that aren’t approved for use in the U.S., according to a study published Sept. 23 in the journal Neurology Clinical Practice.

The team of researchers behind the study analyzed 10 supplements with claims of memory enhancement, sharpened mental focus, and more. All the supplements were purchased online in the U.S. and were openly labeled as containing ingredients that are considered prescription drugs in countries including Russia, China, and Germany.

In three-quarters of the products, labels listed inaccurate quantities of these ingredients. Plus, in some of the supplements, the researchers found other unapproved drugs that were not listed on the product labels, the study found. 

“I have gotten used to the fact that foreign drugs are being sold directly to consumers as supplements,” says Pieter Cohen, an

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Meet Dr Carina Tyrrell, the former Miss England who just might save the world

Carina Tyrrell: “Vaccines, even at the best of times, are complex” - David Rose
Carina Tyrrell: “Vaccines, even at the best of times, are complex” – David Rose

Cavorting on a boat in a skimpy white bikini, showing off her long legs in a flowing black gown, posing with a glittering tiara on her head… Google Carina Tyrrell’s name and you’ll find thousands of glamorous photographs of the former Miss England.

What you won’t find so easily is that, six years after being crowned in her first ever pageant – which paved her way to the Miss World finals, where she came fourth – Dr Carina Tyrrell MA MB BChir MPH is one of the brightest young minds in the country. With a first-class medical degree from Cambridge University, front-line hospital experience as a junior doctor, cutting-edge research with the World Health Organisation and a Master’s degree in public health, she is now at the forefront of the most vital public health crisis of

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