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Do type 2 diabetes drugs put users at risk of heart problems?

Older people with type 2 diabetes who take a class of oral medications known as sulfonylurea drugs to treat their condition may have a higher risk of developing heart problems than type 2 diabetics who take metformin, according to a two-year study presented at the 71st Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The two-year study of more than 8,000 type 2 diabetics aged 65 and older found that 12.4 percent of those who started therapy with sulfonylurea drugs had a heart attack or other heart problem compared to 10.4 percent of those who started with metformin. Furthermore, patients taking ... Read More

Breast cancer indication for Avastin still a ‘no’

Breast cancer survivors pleaded to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel of experts earlier this week to keep the breast cancer indication for the drug Avastin (bevacizumab). Avastin is used for the treatment of colon, kidney, brain and lung cancers. Late last year, the FDA voted to remove the breast cancer indication from the drug because it did not prove safe and effective in studies among patients with breast cancer. The FDA’s recommendation is based on the results of four clinical studies of Avastin in women with breast cancer. The FDA found that the data from those studies indicated ... Read More

New baby crib safety guidelines now in effect

A new generation of safer cribs will now be the only cribs available for sale at retail stores across the country. Anyone who manufactures or sells baby cribs is required to meet new and improved crib safety standards approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) late last year. The CSPC is an independent agency of the U.S. government created in 1972 through the Consumer Product Safety Act to “protect unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products.” The guidelines were established by the CPSC following numerous crib recalls due to injuries and deaths, mostly due to entrapment hazards ... Read More

1 in 5 women with silicone implants need them removed after 10 years

Silicone breast implants should not be considered lifetime devices because 20 percent of women who use them will experience problems within 10 years that will require them to have them removed, says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A new report shows that the longer silicone implants remain in a woman’s body, the more likely complications occur, including hardening of the breast, pain, scarring, and infection. Women seeking implants for cosmetic reasons have two choices – saline and silicone. Silicone is favored by some because it is more natural feeling. However, silicone implants were weaned off the market nearly 20 ... Read More

Alabama’s new concussion law aims to protect young athletes

A new law barring young athletes from immediately returning to play after suffering a concussion will help raise awareness of the dangers of these brain injuries, especially when ignored or improperly treated. The law, signed by Governor Bentley on June 9, could also have an enormous impact on the way sports are played. From now on, all youth sports programs and recreational organizations must distribute information sheets detailing the symptoms and risks of concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury. Athletes and their parents or guardians must sign the sheets, acknowledging they have read and understood the material. Coaches ... Read More

Toyota recalls 82,000 hybrid SUVs for potential control-system defect

Toyota announced Wednesday it will recall about 82,000 hybrid Highlander and Lexus SUVs with faulty computer-board wiring that could cause the vehicles to lose power. This latest safety recall encompasses model-year 2006-2007 Highlander and Lexus SUV hybrids that were sold in the United States. Toyota said the recall includes about 45,500 Highlander Hybrids and 36,700 Lexus Rx 400h vehicles. No other vehicles are affected. According to Toyota certain transistors on the control board inside the affected vehicles have inadequate soldering that could become heat-damaged from high currents during “high-load” driving. “If this were to occur, various warning lamps will illuminate ... Read More

FDA, CDC warn public not to eat Salmonella contaminated sprouts

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) are warning consumers not to eat Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may contain Salmonella Enteritidis. ... Read More

Yaz lawsuits leave women looking for safer birth control options

News of lawsuits filed by women (or the surviving relatives for those who are deceased) who suffered blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, gallbladder damage, and sudden death, after taking the popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, might leave some young women unfazed. After all, despite statistics, the younger generation often feels invincible. But some women are heeding the warnings that hormone contraceptive products have caused serious injury and death, and they are asking for safer, more natural alternatives for birth control. One answer is the Lady-Comp Fertility Monitor. The device uses a thermometer attached to a small monitor with ... Read More

Police investigate bus crash that killed former NBA player

Raleigh, NC — Former Atlanta Hawks player Lorenzo Charles was killed Tuesday afternoon when the commercial bus he was driving on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina, suddenly veered off the road and crashed. Charles, 47, was widely regarded as a hero in this basketball-crazy state for a last-second dunk that delivered a stunning victory to underdog North Carolina State in the 1983 national college championship game against Houston. According to the Raleigh Police Department’s accident report, the Charles’ bus crashed at 3:47 p.m. while traveling on I-40 westbound. Charles, who worked for Elite Tours, a commercial bus company based ... Read More

Supreme Court ruling protects generic drug companies

Makers of generic drugs are not required to warn patients if they receive reports of new side effects from the drugs, according to a new Supreme Court decision. This ruling protects generic drug makers from being sued under state liability laws for failing to warn patients of these new dangers. Comparatively, makers of brand-name drugs are required to report any adverse events associated with their medications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These possible side effects are included in an FDA-approved safety label that tells doctors and patients of the possible adverse events. The brand-name drug company has exclusive ... Read More