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UnitedHealth to require permission before covering power morcellation

UnitedHealth insurance announced it soon will require doctors to get permission before performing hysterectomies with a controversial surgical procedure known as power morcellation. The news comes after a wave of reports that power morcellation for hysterectomies and myomectomies – the removal of uterine fibroids – can increase the risk of spreading undetected cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a blade that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses within the uterine cavity and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored by doctors over more traditional ... Read More

Merck’s once-weekly diabetes drug as effective as Januvia

Merck’s new, once-weekly experimental type 2 diabetes treatment was found in recent clinical trials to have a similar safety and efficacy profile compared to Merck’s sitagliptin, marketed under the brand name Januvia. The study involving the new omarigliptin randomly assigned participants with type 2 diabetes into one of three groups – once-weekly omarigliptin 25 mg; once-daily Januvia 50 mg; or placebo. A mixed-meal tolerance test was performed the day before the study drugs were administered and again at 24 weeks, 1 day after the last dose of Januvia, or 7 days after the last dose of omargliptin. Researchers found that ... Read More

Newly approved type 2 diabetes drug carries black box warning for thyroid cancer risk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Eli Lilly and Co.’s new Type 2 diabetes treatment Trulicity, but the approval comes with a black box warning about an increased risk of thyroid cancer. Trulicity is an injectable drug in a family of type 2 diabetes medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1, receptors. These drugs are in class of medications known as incretin mimetics that help control blood sugar levels in patients who do not produce enough insulin. Trulicity can be used as a single treatment or in combination with other commonly prescribed diabetes drugs including metformin, Actos and ... Read More

Cancer drug Avastin with chemo granted priority review for treatment of ovarian cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Priority Review status for the cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) plus chemotherapy for the treatment of women with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Avastin is already approved to treat specific types of colorectal, lung, kidney, and brain cancers. Avastin was also granted priority review for the treatment of cervical cancer. The Priority Review status is based on data from the Phase 3 AURELIA trial, a multicenter, randomized, open-label study in 361 women with platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer who have received no more than two anticancer regimens prior to ... Read More

Colgate Total toothpaste ingredient linked to cancer, birth defects

Colgate Total toothpaste contains a chemical that has been linked to cancer-cell growth and birth defects in laboratory animals, prompting an investigation by federal regulators and an all-out ban by Minnesota lawmakers. The chemical is known as triclosan, and it is used in Colgate Total to fight gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. It is also found various other  products such as soap, cutting boards, and toys. Many consumer companies are phasing it out, but Colgate-Palmolive Co. says it is a safe, antibacterial agent that helps ward off gum disease in its Colgate Total toothpaste. Colgate says its Total toothpaste went ... Read More

Cancer Society addresses ovarian cancer risks with talcum powder products

The American Cancer Society has updated its website with more detailed information about the link between talcum powder and cancer as lawsuits mount against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company refuses to warn consumers that its talc-containing products put women at risk for ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that contains elements such as magnesium, silicon and oxygen. When grinded down to an absorbant powder, known as talcum powder, it is used to cut down on friction, keep skin dry, and to prevent rashes. In its natural form, talc may contain asbestos, ... Read More

FDA panel recommends approval of novel inhaled diabetes treatment

An advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending marketing approval for a novel inhaled drug to treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Afrezza, manufactured by MannKind Corp., is a whistle-sized device that is designed to deliver a more effective, fast acting dose of insulin. The product offers a crucial alternative for many diabetics who currently have to undergo regular injections, which can be both painful and cumbersome. If approved, Afrezza would be the first inhaled insulin therapy in the United States since 2006, when Pfizer introduced Exubera, an inhaler that was discontinued due to ... Read More

Dr. Weil warns against using baby powder on infants

Don’t be fooled by names, baby powder should not be used on infants, warns Dr. Andrew Weil, medical doctor and writer on holistic health. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using baby powder as do many individual pediatricians,” he says. The issue is talcum powder, derived from talc, a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It may also contain asbestos, a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer. The danger in using baby powder on infants, Dr. Weil says, “is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of it that are light enough to be carried in the ... Read More

Extra weight carries no health benefit for diabetics

Think those few extra pounds might help you get through sickness? Think again. A new study shows they actually do more harm that good. “We don’t see any positive effect at all,” Deirdre Tobias, with the Harvard School of Public Health told Bloomberg. The bottom line is that being overweight increases your likelihood of heart disease, cancer and premature death. About two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight, and a third of them are obese. Many of those who are overweight also have type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar ... Read More

Cancer groups warn of increased risk of ovarian cancer with talcum powder use

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system. Its high death rate is partly due to the lack of early detection and screening tests. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in 2013, and approximately 14,030 women died from the disease in that year. While the causes of ovarian cancer are unknown, most cases are thought to be genetic in nature. Increased hormone levels before and during ovulation may also stimulate the growth of abnormal cells. However, researchers have identified another possible cause of the deadly disease – one that ... Read More