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Study links commonly prescribed anti-anxiety, insomnia drugs to Alzheimer’s in elderly

Older people who used drugs known as benzodiazepines to relieve anxiety and help them sleep are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and those who use the drugs frequently and in higher doses are at even greater risk, a new study has found. Benzodiazepines, which include the brand names Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin, are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia, agitation and anxiety – early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly. But do these medications permit, cause, or even hasten the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? To investigate this issue further, researchers compared benzodiazepine use among nearly 1,800 elderly patients ... Read More

Short-term use, lower doses of Actos linked to increased bladder cancer risk

People who have been treated with the type 2 diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than six months may be at greater risk of developing bladder cancer, even if they were on a low dose, according to a new study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science and reported by Cancer Monthly. In 2011, studies showed long-term use (12 months or greater) of Actos increased the risk for bladder cancer. As a result, some countries banned the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that Actos and its generic equivalents include a warning on their safety labels ... Read More

Aspirin therapy may help reduce risk of cancer, prevent spread of disease

Daily low-dose aspirin therapy may hold even more health benefits than previously thought, according to new studies. A daily dose of aspirin may reduce a person’s chance of developing or dying of cancer, and can prevent tumors from spreading, the studies say. Aspirin therapy is often prescribed for patients who have had or are at risk for heart attack and stroke. It works by interfering with the blood’s clotting action. Clots can form when a fatty deposit in the arteries bursts. When clots lodge in the artery, they can cause a heart attack or stroke. Recent studies have shown that ... Read More