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FDA issues draft guidance for OTC aspirin manufacturers promoting heart benefits


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants makers of over-the-counter aspirin-containing products that use heart-related images on their labels or packaging to add an advisory instructing patients to consult with their doctors before taking an aspirin for cardiovascular conditions. Some medical groups, such as the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, recommend people ages 50 to 69 take a low-dose aspirin if they are at risk for cardiovascular disease in order to lower their risk. However, some medical groups shy away from this recommendation because daily aspirin therapy can lead to other health problems, including gastrointestinal bleeds, brain bleeds, kidney failure ... Read More

Study: High-dose calcium supplements may damage the heart

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More than half of all American women take calcium supplements to aid in bone strength and ward off osteoporosis. But taking high doses of the dietary supplement may have adverse effects on the heart, according to a new study. Researchers at John Hopkins Medicine analyzed medical tests of more than 2,700 people with heart disease and found that those who took calcium supplements had more plaque buildup in their arteries and were more likely to have heart damage. Conversely, patients who had a diet high in calcium-rich foods appeared to have better heart health. The research was published in the Journal ... Read More

Harvard Study Links Fructose And Sugary Drinks To Heart Disease


They have been linked to obesity and diabetes, but a new study now says that sugar-sweetened beverages can also lead to heart disease. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, found that regular consumption of sugary soft drinks and other sweetened beverages promotes weight gain because those calories aren’t filling, thus people do not reduce their food consumption, which results in an excess of hundreds or thousands of calories. According to the study, just one or two servings of sugar-sweetened beverages each day can ... Read More

Heart surgeon explains real cause of heart disease

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Dr. Dwight Lundell, past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Az., after years of treating heart disease, is righting a wrong. As a surgeon with 25 years experience and more than 5,000 open-heart surgeries under his belt, he was considered an “opinion maker” in the field. Backed with scientific literature and education seminars, Lundell and colleagues “insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol,” he said in GetHolisticHealth.com. “The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of ... Read More

Documentary shows stark reality of kidney disease, particularly for high-risk African Americans


African Americans are at an increased risk of kidney disease, and retired videographer Ron Minor wants people to know that lifestyle changes can literally help save lives. Minor, who had a kidney transplant five years ago, created a documentary titled, “I Didn’t Know,” that takes a stark look at the challenges a person with kidney disease faces, from dialysis to kidney transplants, with many people dying while waiting on a kidney. Minor draws a line between the obesity epidemic in America and high rates of related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease among African Americans – all factors ... Read More

Young adults who were treated with growth hormones as children may be at greater risk for stroke

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People who received growth hormones as children to treat short stature or hormone deficiency should be aware that they are at an increased risk of stroke caused by burst blood vessels when they become young adults, a team of French and British researchers say. The warning is based on findings from a study published in this week’s issue of the journal Neurology, and applies also to people who misuse the growth hormones to improve athletic performance, for body building and other “questionable reasons.” Growth hormones were approved in the United States in the mid-1980s to treat pituitary gland problems and to ... Read More

Niacin with statin medications linked to serious side effects


Niacin offers no benefits to patients with heart disease and can cause serious side effects including diabetes, infections, and stomach ulcers, new research has found. Niacin is a type of B vitamin that has long been prescribed to increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk. It is often prescribed in combination with cholesterol-lowering statin medications such as Lipitor or Crestor. Recent studies have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the drug, resulting in fewer prescriptions. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises serious safety concerns with the drug. The four-year study involved more ... Read More

Statin side effects may outweigh benefits for most people


An estimated five out of 100 people taking cholesterol-lowering statins after a heart attack will cheat death, another heart attack, or a stroke during the five years after having a heart attack. However, it is difficult to identify which five individuals will benefit from the drugs, says Dr. Janice B. Schwartz, a professor of medicine and bioengineering and therapeutic sciences at University of California San Francisco. Thus, statin side effects should be carefully weighed by patients who are candidates of the new statin guidelines. “There is no question that the medications can cause unwanted side effects – both directly from ... Read More

Doctor says statins have little benefit for people at low risk for cardiovascular disease


Many patients who are considered at low risk for cardiovascular disease but qualify for statin therapy under new health guidelines would refuse to take the drugs if they knew “the lack of benefit” they offered, says Dr. Rubin Minhas, a member of the British Medical Journal ethics committee. Dr. Minhas advised the national health care guidance body National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) against embracing the new guidelines, which would increase the number of adults eligible for cholesterol-lowering statin medications by about 7 million. “These drugs should be used only in patients with a high risk of heart ... Read More

Merck reaches $100 million settlement in NuvaRing side effects lawsuits

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A $100 million settlement involving life threatening side effects from Merck’s NuvaRing birth control device will stand now that a vast majority of claimants have agreed to the terms of the settlement. The settlement was approved by U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel of St. Louis in February; however, Merck had the opportunity to abandon the deal if it did not get at least 95 percent of the claimants to sign off on the terms. About 3,800 people will share in the settlement. NuvaRing was approved as a contraceptive device in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It ... Read More