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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Drug company anticipates launch of new oral testosterone treatment

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Clarus Therapeutics, an emerging men’s health specialty pharmaceutical company, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week to raise up to $86 million in an initial public offering. The biotech company is preparing for the commercial launch of REXTORO, an oral testosterone replacement therapy for which the company has submitted a New Drug Application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved, REXTORO will be the first oral testosterone treatment available in the United States. The drug is intended to boost testosterone levels in men with low testosterone levels, also known as hypogonadism. The term “Low T” ... Read More

Women derive fewer benefits from cholesterol-lowering statins

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Cholesterol-lowering statins provide more benefit for men with heart disease than women with the same condition, according to a new study. The information comes just as lawsuits are piling up against Pfizer alleging the drug maker failed to warn the public that its statin Lipitor puts postmenopausal women at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. About 30 percent of men and 22 percent of women age 50 to 64 are prescribed a medication to lower cholesterol. That number is likely to increase dramatically under new guidelines for cardiovascular health. The drugs are designed to lower the risk of cardiovascular ... Read More

Doctor raises red flags regarding heart risks with testosterone therapy

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Testosterone replacement therapy may sound attractive with ads promising to build muscle mass and boost libido, but Low T therapy may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, warns Dr. Joe Littlejohn, a urologist at Orlando Health. It could be deadly. If you listen to the advertisements from drug companies pushing testosterone products, such as AndroGel, Testim and Axiron, the therapy can help men feel decades younger. Though testosterone levels drop naturally as men age, these supplements can help men turn back the clock. What’s not to love? New research, however, has raised some serious red flags that ... Read More