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A possible risk group for statin use
a patient study of over 1,000 individuals with coronary artery disease
(CAD), researchers have found that high levels of an enzyme called PLTP
significantly increased the risk of heart attack in the subset of
patients taking statins. While follow-up studies will be needed to
tease out the exact connection between PLTP and statins, this
connection does suggest levels of PLTP in the blood should be a
consideration for potential statin treatment.
Mar 23, 2009 - 10:34:46 AM
Phthalates in Prescription Drugs
Until recently, most of the concern surrounding the health risks of
phthalates has focused on the use of these plasticizers in toys,
personal care products, food packaging, and medical equipment such as
Feb 18, 2009 - 8:48:46 AM
New Fibromyalgia Drug May Bring Back Neurontin Nightmares
Even as new reports surface about fake medical articles Pfizer planted to
sell seizure drug
Neurontin for unapproved uses from 1995 to
2002, it looks like
Feb 17, 2009 - 11:01:50 AM
FDA approves genetically engineered drug
The Food and Drug Administration has for the
first time in history approved a drug produced by a genetically engineered animal,
the associated press reported on Friday.
Feb 8, 2009 - 11:04:15 AM
Mammogram screening increases death risk in BRCA carriers
All women at certain age are
encouraged to start receiving mammogram screening. But a new report
warned that this x-ray-based so called preventative method does more
harm than good in young women with BRCA mutations.
Jan 30, 2009 - 4:28:49 PM
Drugs for children are not safe enough
In 2005, about 14 million children and adolescents were prescribed drugs
under the statutory health insurance funds. However, not all the prescribed
drugs have been licensed for use in this age group
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:11:31 AM
Common medication associated with cognitive decline in elderly
A study published in
Journal of the
American Geriatrics Society suggested that the use of certain medications in
elderly populations may be associated with cognitive decline. The study examined
the effects of exposure to anticholinergic medications, a type of drug used to
treat a variety of disorders that include respiratory and gastrointestinal
problems, on over 500 relatively healthy men aged 65 years or older with high
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:06:22 AM
How Did Dangerous Risperdal Become a Best Selling Drug?
did not beat
around the bush.
"The rationale of
this center," wrote Christine Cote, VP of Janssen's Medical Affairs about
the planned MGH-Johnson & Johnson Center for the Study of Pediatric
Psychopathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, "is to generate and
disseminate data supporting the use of risperidone in this patient
Jan 18, 2009 - 12:53:33 PM
Hormone Therapy Linked to Brain Shrinkage, But Not Lesions
Two new studies show that hormone therapy for women is linked to brain shrinkage, but not to the small brain lesions that are the first sign of cerebrovascular disease. The studies are published in the January 13, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Jan 12, 2009 - 4:55:35 PM
Does Your Osteoporosis Drug Cause Jaw Bone Death and Cancer?
1999 was a good year for Merck. In its 64 page annual report it predicted arthritis medicine Vioxx--Our
Biggest, Fastest and Best Launch Ever!--would prevent Alzheimer's
disease and colon cancer.
Jan 10, 2009 - 8:02:52 AM
Anti-psychotic drugs double death risk in Alzheimer's patients
A study published Friday in the medical journal
Lancet Neurology showed that patients with Alzheimer's disease when treated
with antipsychotic drugs were twice as likely to die as those who did not
receive treatment within a few years.
Jan 9, 2009 - 9:29:53 AM
Did Wyeth Illegally Promote its Cancer-Associated HRT?
Revelations of Wyeth's
alleged pay-to-play, ghostwritten articles in medical journals brought
by Sen. Charles Grassley (R- Iowa) this week could not come at a worse
time for the company.
Dec 27, 2008 - 9:16:28 AM
Statins linked to eye disorders
A new study published in the Dec. 1 issue of Ophthalmology suggests that taking statins may increase risk of eye problems.
Dec 16, 2008 - 10:36:03 AM
Diabetes Drugs Linked to Increased Fracture Risk in Women
Avandia and Actos, two diabetes drugs, double the risk of bone
fractures in women with type 2 diabetes, according to a new report by
researchers at Wake Forest University and Britain's University of East
Dec 12, 2008 - 12:48:20 PM
Two asthma drugs’ risks outweigh benefits
reports today that a US FDA panel has concluded that the risks of two asthma
drugs outweigh the benefits of their usage in children and adults.
Dec 11, 2008 - 1:58:20 PM
Flu shots full of toxic additives
But the problem with flu shots may not be just its
Officials would tell
you that no evidence suggests that flu vaccine is harmful. But there is
something you might be interested in knowing.
Dec 11, 2008 - 7:43:16 AM
Flu not so deadly and flu shots not so effective
People who want to have flu shots believe that the drug
can save their lives and prevent the disease.
Flu can be dangerous in certain cases. But it is
not as deadly as you are led to believe and flu vaccine is not as effective as
you thought at preventing the disease and reducing death risk.
Dec 10, 2008 - 11:52:09 AM
Generic drugs as effective as their brand name counterparts
A study found that
brand-name drugs are no more effective than their generic counterparts;
at least this is the case for the drugs indicated to treat heart and
other cardiovascular diseases.
Dec 4, 2008 - 7:51:20 AM
CT-scans raise cancer risk
Some people may not be fully
convinced that exposure to x-ray increases risk cancer and they may not
accept the fact that the U.S. government has recognized x-ray and other
ionizing radiations as human carcinogens. Here is another piece of
evidence to consider: x-ray based CT-scans increase risk of cancer,
according to a new study.
Dec 3, 2008 - 12:52:48 PM
Viagra may lead to hearing loss
High doses of Viagra or long term use of the
drug may result in hearing loss, a new study published in the Oct 2008 issue of
Biological & pharmaceutical bulletin suggests.
Dec 3, 2008 - 8:45:44 AM
Are Statins Miracle Drugs or Miracle Marketing?
When Dr. Paul Ridker of
Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA presented the results of the
AstraZeneca-funded JUPITER study at the American Heart Association
conference in November--JUPITER standing for The Justification for the
Use of Statins in Primary Prevention--there were a lot more
stenographers than skeptics in the press corps.
Dec 3, 2008 - 7:34:02 AM
Antibiotics: Single largest class of drugs causing liver injury
Antibiotics are the single largest class of agents
that cause idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI), reports a
new study in
Gastroenterology, an official journal of the
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. DILI is the
most common cause of death from acute liver failure and accounts for
approximately 13 percent of cases of acute liver failure in the U.S. It
is caused by a wide variety of prescription and nonprescription
medications, nutritional supplements and herbals.
Nov 30, 2008 - 11:04:55 PM
Neoadjuvant radiation boosts survival of pancreatic cancer
pancreatic cancer is extremely poor.
a new study in the Nov. 15 issue of the International Journal of Radiation
Oncology, Biology and Physics suggests that radiation prior to surgery may
boost the survival odds for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Nov 25, 2008 - 6:16:34 PM
Comment: X-ray cancels spontaneous regression of breast cancer?
A recent study found that women who have
subjected themselves once every two years to mammogram screening are more
likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those who have not.
And researchers said the difference was
caused largely by spontaneous regression in the control group.
Nov 25, 2008 - 8:40:36 AM
Diabetes drug Avandia linked to higher risk of death
A new study
suggests that use of drug rosiglitazone, sold under the brand name Avandia and
made by GlaxoSmithKline may significantly increase the risk of heart failure
and death than its competitor pioglitazone, sold as Actos and made by Takeda
Nov 24, 2008 - 3:08:40 PM
Garlic chemical treats type 1 and type 2 diabetes
vanadium-allixin compound when administered orally lowers blood glucose levels
in diabetic mice, according to a new study in the Jan 2009 issue of the Royal
Society of Chemistry journal Metallomics.
Nov 24, 2008 - 1:25:18 PM
FDA Okays drug to relieve pain
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced its
approval of Tapentadol hydrochloride, an immediate-release oral tablet
indicated for the relief of moderate to severe acute pain.
Nov 24, 2008 - 1:09:46 PM
Genetic testing no better predictor for diabetes risk
Want to know your diabetes risk? No need to visit a
genetic testing laboratory! A new study published in the Nov 20 2008
issue of the New
England Journal of Medicine suggests that use of a set of 16 genetic
is not significantly better than use of common clinical risk factors
when it comes to predicting the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Nov 22, 2008 - 5:56:19 AM
Cancer drug Avastin ups blood clotting risk
cancer drug Avastin as part of chemotherapy raises the risk of blood clots in
the veins by 30 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
Nov 19, 2008 - 10:38:25 AM
Could statins boost your bedroom performance?
At least one study by Ferrer E and colleagues from Prous
Science in Barcelona, Spain and published in the Jan 2007 issue of Drugs Today
suggests that statins have emerged as a promising therapeutic option due to
their multiple modes of action.
Nov 17, 2008 - 2:07:32 PM