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Unregulated dietary supplements rife with dangerous ingredients

The problem of undeclared and potentially dangerous drugs hiding in dietary supplements is much worse than the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) estimate, according to a nine-page report by the Cambridge Health Alliance released just two days after the FDA issued warning letters to companies whose products were found to contain the stimulant oxilofrine. The report, led by Dr. Pieter Cohen, an associate professor at Harvard University, reveals at least 14 manufacturers who used the oxilofrine in their sports or weight loss supplements. Oxilofrine, also known as methylsynephrine, is similar to an amphetamine in that it stimulates the heart and ... Read More

Number of diabetics continues to escalate year after year

The rate of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States continues to rise dramatically, so much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns one in every three Americans will have the condition by 2050. The new National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that from 2010 to 2012, the number of adults with diabetes jumped from 26 million to nearly 30 million, and that a quarter of those individuals don’t know they have the disease. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious complications including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and amputations due to neuropathy. Also alarming is that another 86 ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes drug Victoza tested as potential diet drug

The type 2 diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) can help overweight and obese people without diabetes lose weight, according to a new multinational clinical trial, but the drug comes with some risks. Victoza, an injectable drug in a class of diabetes medications known as glucagonlike peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2010 to help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In an effort to expand the indication to non-diabetics who are overweight, the medication was pitted against a placebo and the currently marketed anti-obesity drug Qsymia, a combination of ... Read More

Autism experts raise concerns about Risperdal side effects

Parents of children with autism should be cautious if their doctors prescribe their child the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, also known as risperidone, because of potentially dangerous side effects including boys and young men developing female breasts, Lisa Ackerman, founder of TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), told host Shannon Penrod on the interactive web show Autism Live. TACA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Between January and October 2013, the organization received more than 22,000 requests for information. Many of those reports involved questions about antipsychotic drugs often prescribed for autism, such ... Read More

Cases against Mirena IUD move toward class-action lawsuit

Months after having the Mirena IUD inserted in her cervix to prevent pregnancy, K. demanded her doctor remove the contraceptive device. It was the only thing she could think of that could be causing her hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, and pain during sexual intercourse. She had gotten the intrauterine device six months after delivering her son, but since getting it nothing seemed right. When her doctor went to remove the IUD, he couldn’t find it. K.’s Mirena IUD had dislodged from its intended place in her cervix, perforated her uterus, and migrated into her abdomen, eventually embedding in ... Read More

Alabama residents with Type 2 diabetes sought for long-term study on medication effectiveness

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are enrolling participants in an ongoing study on the long-term benefits and side effects with certain combinations of drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness, or GRADE, is a national study that is being conducted at UAB and 36 other sites across the country. Enrollment began in June 2013, but more participants are being sought. More than 5,000 people will be enrolled in the study. Subjects must have type 2 diabetes that was diagnosed within the past five years and should not be on ... Read More

Actos label updated to advise against use in pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes

The type 2 diabetes drug Actos is not recommended for children or adolescents because of potentially dangerous side effects including fluid retention and congestive heart failure, fractures and urinary bladder tumors, according to an update to the drug’s safety label. Actos, known generically as pioglitazone, is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It is approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition often associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. The condition was once known as “adult onset diabetes,” however, with increasing childhood obesity, more children and adolescents are being diagnosed with ... Read More

Patients should discuss with doctors risks, benefits of type 2 diabetes drugs

Most people associate insulin injections with diabetics. But in reality, only some diabetics require the glucose-regulating hormone. Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce insulin, as in the case with type 1 diabetics, or does not produce enough of the hormone, which is the case for type 2 diabetics. Only about 5 to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1 and most are diagnosed as children. The vast majority of diabetics – 90 to 95 percent –have type 2 diabetes. The condition used to be known as adult-onset diabetes, however more and more ... Read More

People with healthy but elevated blood sugar levels more likely to have memory problems

People with slightly elevated but not unhealthy levels of sugar in their blood are more likely to perform worse on memory tests than people with lower levels, according to a new study. Previous studies have shown that people with blood sugar disorders such as pre-diabetes and diabetes are more likely to have poor brain function and dementia. A team of researchers led by Agnes Floel, a neurologist at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, set out to see if the same was true for people with slightly higher – but still considered normal – blood sugar levels. The study involved 141 ... Read More

Side effects with statin medications grossly underreported

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications, such as the commonly used Lipitor, can increase the risk of serious health problems and offer little benefit to patients with high cholesterol and no heart disease, a leading Irish vascular surgeon warns. Sherif Sultain of University College Hospital in Galway says the best way to treat high cholesterol for most individuals is to follow a healthy lifestyle rather than rely on medication because statins can have dangerous side effects. The medication can increase the risk of diabetes, cataracts and male impotence, and “can also significantly increase the risk of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease ... Read More