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A possible risk group for statin use
In 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

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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 intravenous tubing.
Feb 18, 2009 - 8:48:46 AM

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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 deja vu all over again.
Feb 17, 2009 - 11:01:50 AM

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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

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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

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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

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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 blood pressure.
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:06:22 AM

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How Did Dangerous Risperdal Become a Best Selling Drug?
The email 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 population." Okaaaaay.
Jan 18, 2009 - 12:53:33 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Anglia.
Dec 12, 2008 - 12:48:20 PM

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Two asthma drugs’ risks outweigh benefits
CNN 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

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Flu shots full of toxic additives
But the problem with flu shots may not be just its ineffectiveness.   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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Neoadjuvant radiation boosts survival of pancreatic cancer
Prognosis for pancreatic cancer is extremely poor.   But 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

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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

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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 Pharmaceutical Co.
Nov 24, 2008 - 3:08:40 PM

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Garlic chemical treats type 1 and type 2 diabetes
A drug 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

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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

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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 variants 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

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Cancer drug Avastin ups blood clotting risk
Use of 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

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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

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