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5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More

Experts caution against statin use to lower breast cancer risk

A new study has linked high cholesterol to an increased risk of breast cancer, prompting researchers to question whether cholesterol-lowering statins could help prevent cancer. However, cancer charities cautioned that it is too soon to advise women to take statins as a preventative measure for breast cancer. Previous research has already linked obesity to an increased risk of breast and bowel cancer as well as cancers of the uterus. Fat can cause the body to excrete hormones such as estrogen, which fuels cancer growth. Researchers with Duke University Medical Center, using laboratory mice, found that cholesterol has a similar effect. ... Read More

Obese people can cut heart disease, stroke risk by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar

Obese and overweight people who lower their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels could cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by more than half, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Researchers analyzed nearly 100 studies that involved more than 1.8 million people worldwide. They concluded that high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels contributed to about 50 percent of overweight and obese people’s increased risk of heart disease and 75 percent of their increased risk of stroke. Obesity rates have almost doubled worldwide in the past 35 years affecting more than 1.4 billion ... Read More

Cholesterol drugs may help ease symptoms of Rett Syndrome

Cholesterol-lowering statins may help treat symptoms associated with a debilitating disease affecting girls; however, they may also increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. Statins, including the widely prescribed Lipitor, are used by millions of people around the world. A new study suggest that the drug could help relieve symptoms from Rett Syndrome. The neurological disorder affects only girls and is generally diagnosed during the preschool years as toddlers miss developmental milestones. The disease is regressive and many girls have seizures, orthopedic and severe digestive symptoms. Breathing and other autonomic impairments are also common. Those with Rett Syndrome ... Read More

FDA warns about B vitamins that contain potentially dangerous steroids

Reports of muscle pain, fatigue and abnormal laboratory reports for liver and thyroid function, as well as hormonal issues have prompted a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 dietary supplements. The agency found the over-the-counter B vitamins  contain two potentially harmful anabolic steroids – methasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine. The ingredients are not listed on the label and should not be in a dietary supplement. To date, the FDA has received 29 adverse incident reports associated with the use of Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, which include fatigue, muscle ... Read More

Old aspirin-type drug might help manage blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics

An old aspirin-like drug called salsalate could help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved 286 diabetics. The group was given pills to take every day for nearly a year. Half were given salsalate and the other half were given placebo pills. During the course of the study, those in the salsalate group had lower blood sugar levels and some were even able to reduce the dose of their diabetes medication. Salsalate is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, that has been on ... Read More

Statins tied to increased risk for type 2 diabetes

Statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Statins are a class of drugs commonly prescribed to help lower “bad” cholesterol in the blood to reduce the chances of heart attack or stroke. The study, conducted by researchers in Canada, compared the incidence of diabetes between 1.5 million people older than age 66 taking various statins. They found that the strongest statins could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22 percent compared to less potent drugs. Atorvastatin, known by the ... Read More

Pepsi launches ‘fat-blocking’ soda in Japan

Pepsi-Cola is launching a new soft drink in Japan that claims to block fat. The new Pepsi Special contains “indigestible dextrin,” also known as dietary fiber, that it claims reduces the amount of fat that’s absorbed into the body and quells the rise of triglycerides in the blood. Dietary fiber is found naturally in foods such as fruits and vegetables, and a diet rich in natural fiber can help regulate the digestive system, lower cholesterol and may even lower the risk of heart disease. Experts are not completely sold on the product, arguing that synthetic fibers may not be as ... Read More

New therapy could one day provide better treatment options for diabetics

A novel new therapy to treat type 2 diabetes that lowers blood sugar, decreases insulin resistance, lowers cholesterol and helps keep fatty deposits from settling in the liver is in the works at Columbia University Medical Center, and researchers hope to eventually test it on humans. So far, studies on mice show promising results with no side effects. The treatment targets the hormone glucagon instead of insulin. Glucagon is a hormone whose main purpose is to protect the body and brain from low blood sugar levels during period of fasting, such as overnight. When certain cells in the pancreas sense ... Read More

TZD category of diabetes drugs should be taken with caution

People who suffer from type 2diabetes should be wary of a category of medicines used to treat the disorder, as the drugs have been linked to serious complications, according to a report in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. This category of diabetes drugs is known as TZDs, which are designed to help the liver and fat cells respond appropriately to insulin. This process results in decreased levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood while preserving the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, known as beta cells. While this process helps to keep insulin levels in check for diabetics, it may be ... Read More