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Type 2 diabetes drug may increase risk of pancreatic cancer

Some type 2 diabetes medications may put users at greater risk for pancreatic cancer, according to a new study recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The study adds more concern about the safety of type 2 diabetes medications. The study involved data from more than eight million people in the United Kingdom, including about 2,800 who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer between 1995 and 2009. For each of those with pancreatic cancer, researchers found another six of the same age and gender that didn’t have pancreatic cancer to serve as a comparison group. Using records from primary care ... Read More

Diabetes drugs linked to pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer

Type 2 diabetics who take Januvia (sitagliptin) or Byetta (exenatide) to control their blood sugar levels may be at greater risk for developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, and users of Byetta may also be at risk for thyroid cancer, a preliminary study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers at the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, involved data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adverse event database for the years 2004-2009. When compared to other treatments, a six-fold increase of pancreatitis was found in patients who took either Januvia or Byetta. A ... Read More

FDA approves two new drugs to treat neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, stepped down as CEO last week stating that he could no longer perform the duties of his job due to health reasons. The mastermind of the iPhone and iPad first acknowledged in 2004 that he had pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery to remove the mass. Pancreatic cancer has a bleak diagnosis primarily because it is often has no symptoms until after the cancer has metastasized. However, Jobs had a rare type of pancreatic cancer, known as a neuroendocrine, which is generally more treatable. In 2009, Jobs had another health setback when he received a ... Read More

An aspirin a day may keep the doctor away, and help you live longer

Aspirin may help you live a longer, healthier life, according to a team of British researchers. The scientists pored over eight clinical studies involving more than 25,500 patients who had been on daily aspirin therapy for at least four years and found they had a 21 percent reduced risk of dying of cancer compared to patients who were on a placebo. The findings were recently published in The Lancet. The study also found that dying from any cause – not just cancer – was 10 percent lower for people taking one low-dose aspirin per day. The study observed patients taking anywhere ... Read More