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RegenESlim appetite control capsules recalled due presence of dangerous ingredient

Certain lots of RegenESlim appetite control dietary supplements are being recalled because they contain an ingredient that may cause deadly side effects. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis found in two lots of RegenESlim the presence of DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract, commonly used as a stimulant, pre-workout, and weight loss ingredient in supplements. The agency has warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, ... Read More

Researchers study abnormal heart rhythm, sudden cardiac death among dialysis patients

A group of researchers from the University of Cincinnati is hoping that an implantable device can identify undetected heart rhythm abnormalities in patients undergoing hemodialysis. These patients are at high risk for sudden cardiac death, which doctors say may be linked to large shifts in electrolytes and volume in the blood during regular dialysis sessions. The study could help establish a link between heart rhythm abnormalities and different electrolyte levels in patients’ blood and in the solution used during dialysis. People with end-stage renal disease rely on dialysis to replace kidney function. The process involves a machine that filters waste ... Read More

Zithromax, Zmax, Z-pak drugs linked to deadly heart rhythm abnormality

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that a popular antibacterial drug used to treat bacterial infections such as sinusitis, pneumonia and tonsillitis has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death. Azithromycin, known by the brand names Zithromax and Zmax, and are sometimes referred to as Z-Pak or Tri-Pak, may cause people to experience abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially deadly abnormal heart rhythm. Those at greatest risk include people with known risk factors such as existing QT interval prolongation, low blood levels of potassium or magnesium, a ... Read More

Makers of Monster energy drink speak out against wrongful death lawsuit

The makers of Monster energy drink went on the defensive this week, saying there was “no medical or scientific evidence” to support claims that its drinks contributed to the death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl. The girl’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Corona energy drink maker when their daughter died from cardiac arrest due to caffeine toxicity after consuming two 24-ounce cans of Monster beverages within a 24-hour period. Monster is the top selling energy drink in the United States, and is packed with 240 milligrams of caffeine, or the equivalent of 7 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola. The lawsuit ... Read More

More products add caffeine, but are they safe?

Caffeine has become the one of the most popular “legal” drugs of choice among food, beverage and cosmetics makers. Earlier this month Frito-Lay announced it was introducing a new caffeinated snack called Jack’D Power Bites, containing sugar, molasses and a shot of coffee equivalent to about a 1-ounce cup of espresso or two 12-ounce sodas. And now Thrillist has provided a list of other new products guaranteed to give consumers a jolt. Sure the products are novel, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that even though these foods are readily available, they can be dangerous to your health ... Read More

FDA investigates 13 deaths, 90 incident reports tied to 5-Hour Energy drinks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on 5-Hour Energy drinks after a New York Times review of agency records showed the drink had been associated with 90 incident reports including 30 serious or life-threatening reactions and 13 deaths. The investigation falls on the heels of a separate FDA investigation into five deaths tied to Monster Energy Drinks. In May, a study suggested that energy drinks can cause increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and arrhythmias, anxiety and insomnia. Researchers said the drinks’ high caffeine content was one of the biggest causes of adverse effects. Energy drinks, including 5-Hour ... Read More

Family sues Monster energy drink maker over daughter’s cardiac arrest

The family of a 14-year-old girl is suing Monster Beverage Company, alleging the company’s energy drink caused her death. The news comes on the heels of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into reports of five deaths that may be linked to the Monster beverages. Monster is the top-selling energy drink in the United States, and is packed with 240 milligrams of caffeine, or the equivalent of 7 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola. A company spokesperson says Monster is unaware of any fatalities that were caused by its drinks. The deceased girl whose family filed the lawsuit had a heart ... Read More

Energy drinks linked to high blood pressure, heart disturbances

Energy drinks, such as Red Bull and Monster Energy, have become a popular alternative to sodas with their promise to give consumers a caffeinated boost of energy. But a new study shows that the drinks may deliver more than consumers bargain for, including potentially serious health risks such as  increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and arrhythmias, anxiety, and insomnia. Polish researchers asked 18 healthy individuals ages 20-35 to consume one of two energy drinks. One drink contained 120 milligrams of caffeine, and the other contained 360 milligrams of caffeine. For comparison, an 8-ounce of brewed coffee has between 100 and 200 ... Read More

FDA issues death-risk warning on heart drug

Multaq (dronedarone), a drug used to treat arrhythmias, can cause death or serious cardiovascular events if taken by patents in permanent atrial fibrillation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. Multaq is used for a different but related condition. It is designed to reduce the risk of hospitalization in patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, with a recent episode of either of these conditions and associated cardiovascular risk factors, who are in sinus rhythm or who will be cardioverted. The initial approval of Multaq for these conditions was based on data that showed use of the ... Read More

Deceptive ads lead to two more lawsuits against makers of Yaz

Two more women have filed lawsuits against the makers of Yaz birth control, alleging they were seriously injured after taking the oral contraceptives. They claim had they known the dangers associated with Yaz, they would have never risked their life by taking that type of birth control pill. Amie Nardone and Lauren Powell, both of New Jersey, say Yaz caused them to suffer gallstones and a blood clot, respectively. Yaz is considered a fourth-generation birth control pill and contains a combination of hormones known as ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Drospirenone also works as a diuretic. Since Bayer Healthcare introduced Yaz ... Read More