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Man endures two procedures to Remove Retrievable IVC Filter Stuck in Vein

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South Carolina resident Ronald D. was given an Option Elite retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on April 19, 2015. Ronald was a patient at the University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, at the time. A year later, on April 12, 2016, the same doctor who implanted the IVC filter attempted to remove it, until he discovered the filter was tilted at a 45 degree angle. The retrieval hook was embedded in the wall of the vein. Unfortunately, the doctor was unable to retrieve the filter. Ten weeks later, Ronald went to another doctor to request removal. After an extremely risky ... Read More

Consumer Reports: 10 dietary supplements to avoid if you’re taking heart drugs

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People taking medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other cardiovascular problems should avoid at least 10 dietary supplements, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers say the supplements can reduce the effectiveness of heart drugs or cause dangerous side effects. “Natural does not mean safe,” said Graziano Onder, MD, PhD, with the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. Many dietary supplements tout that they are “all natural” when in fact they contain synthetic ingredients or even hidden drug ingredients. Onder and his team set out to look at the ... Read More

Moms Blame benzene contamination at military base for making children sick

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Katie Whatley was only 6 when she was diagnosed with leukemia, and it nearly took her life. “We are fairly confident that had we not taken her to the emergency room that night, that she would have died in her sleep,” said Amanda Whatley in a YouTube video describing her daughter’s fight with cancer. Whatley’s video has now been viewed more than 50,000 times. Three years earlier, however, Whatley’s friend, Melany Stawnyczyj, experienced the same story with her son, Roman, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. “What a coincidence it was for both of us who were ... Read More

Xarelto data featured at cardiology conference

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Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer presented late-breaking clinical trial data on the blockbuster new blood thinner Xarelto at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C. March 17-19. The first study, called EINSTEIN CHOICE is the first Phase 3 research to evaluate the safety and efficacy in Xarelto versus aspirin for the extended secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) – including both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) – in individuals who have had an initial VTE and previously were treated for up to 12 months. Once a person experiences a ... Read More

Metformin helps reduce weight in children with autism treated with antipsychotics

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The commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drug metformin is effective at reducing weight in overweight children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, and is especially true in children who take antipsychotic medication to treat their condition, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Children with autism are about twice as likely to be obese compared to adolescents without developmental disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two medications are approved to treat irritability with autism in children – risperidone (Risperdal) and aripiprazole (Abilfy). Both medications can cause significant ... Read More

Study finds increase in number of people prescribed opioids with benzos

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The number of patients taking powerful opioid painkillers along with anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines increased significantly from 2001 to 2013, according to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal. The findings come just months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was adding boxed warnings to the safety labels of both drugs as well as prescription cough medicines regarding serious side effects such as slowed or difficult breathing and deaths when the drugs are combined. Boxed warnings, also called black box warnings, are the strongest warning the FDA can give and are reserved for medications and medical ... Read More

Unusual benefits and risks of ED drugs like Viagra

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Swedish researchers studying PDE5 inhibiting erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs such as Viagra and Cialis found that the drugs might reduce a heart attack survivor’s risk of early death by 33 percent or chance of hospitalization for subsequent heart failure by 40 percent. According to Health 24, at the start of the study researchers expected to find ED treatment associated with increased risk of death and were surprised by their results, which included the possibility that with higher doses there was increased survival. However, lead researcher Dr Daniel Andersson noted the limitations of this being a small study and that it ... Read More

Study: Testosterone replacement therapy not a ‘fountain of youth’

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A year of testosterone replacement therapy did not improve memory but did increase the fatty plaque in coronary arteries, a condition that increases the risk for heart disease, according to a study newly published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Internal Medicine. Testosterone replacement therapy, widely promoted by pharmaceutical companies for the treatment of so-called Low T, has become a $2 billion market. The prescription treatment is intended for men with hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the male hormone. But because it has been heavily marketed and, thus, widely ... Read More

Baby Rattle Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

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More than 680,000 Oball baby rattles have been recalled due to a choking hazard. Kids II, the manufacturer of the baby rattle, all of which were made in China, have received at least 42 reports of the clear, plastic disc-shaped chambers holding several colorful beads breaking. The beads were found in childrens’ mouths, with some babies gagging on them. The recall, which started on March 2, also involves an additional 17,000 rattles sold in Canada. The rattles only cost around $7 in most stores where baby toys are sold. The toy is shaped like a ball and features 28 finger ... Read More

NJ company warned about selling adulterated, misbranded dietary supplements

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Joseph D’Arpa, owner of New Jersey-based Natural Generation Nutrition, was hit with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter over labeling issues and the use of an herb or botanical ingredient that has not been established as safe for consumption. The product, NGN NATURAL generation nutrition ZXT2, listed for sale by the company as a dietary supplement, names the herb Acacia rigidula as an ingredient on its label. The ingredient, also called Vachellia, rigidula, chaparro prieto, and blackbrush, “was not marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994,” rendering it a “new dietary ingredient,” the warning letter states. ... Read More