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New diabetes research center opens at University of Iowa

The University of Iowa has opened a new Diabetes Research Center dedicated to finding treatments and cures for diabetes. “The goal ultimately is to really help the University of Iowa become a major hub for cutting-edge diabetes research that will really capture the attention of the world,” said Dr. E. Dale Abel, the center’s director. Researchers at the university have been working various pilot projects in the past three years, including research on glucose production, natural treatments for diabetic nerve disease, and experimental drugs such as FGF21, which has been shown to have beneficial effects on lipid, body weight and ... Read More

New meta-analysis raises serious questions about SSRI use during pregnancy

There is not enough research to provide a clear guidance on the risks or benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy, however there are serious concerns regarding the drugs’ affects on newborns that should be addressed, a new meta-analysis has found. The analysis on antidepressant use during and after pregnancy was conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study focused on a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include the brand names Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, and Paxil. Researchers reported finding evidence that SSRI use during ... Read More

New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

Man says his stroke was caused by AndroGel testosterone treatment

Ed Downes’ stroke seemed to come out of nowhere. Ed, who was in his upper 40s at the time, was taking medication for hypertension and attention deficit disorder (ADD), but was otherwise healthy. When he began to lose interest in sex and his energy level plummeted, he, like hundreds of thousands of other men, followed the advice of a drug company’s television commercial and had a “conversation with his doctor” to see if he was suffering from low testosterone, or, as the advertisement called it, “Low T.” Ed was prescribed AndroGel, a testosterone replacement gel, which he took for two years. ... Read More

Another Lipitor side effects lawsuit filed against Pfizer

Another lawsuit has been filed against Pfizer by a woman claiming the pharmaceutical company’s cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor caused her to develop type 2 diabetes, and that the company failed to warn doctors and consumers of this risk. Jodie Ward is the first person to file such a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, however several similar cases have been filed elsewhere and many have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in South Carolina. In August 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Pfizer to change the safety label on Lipitor based on studies that showed the drug ... Read More

Five-year-old study shows heightened risk of ovarian cancer with use of talcum powder

More than five years ago, scientists from Harvard Medical School warned that women using talcum powder products in the genital area could be at serious risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer. The warning was based on a theory that the talcum powder in these products could travel to the ovaries and trigger a process of inflammation that allows cancer cells to flourish. It had been considered a remote risk at best. Even so, a team of Harvard researchers decided to put the theory to a test. They studied more than 3,000 women and found that women who used talc in their ... Read More

People with Neanderthal genes more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

Researchers focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the pathway to find new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes have discovered a gene variant that appears to increase the risk of developing the disease that dates back to Neanderthals. Researchers in Mexico and the U.S., in the largest genetic study in Latin American populations to date, found that people who carry a higher risk version of the gene are 25 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who do not have the gene. And those who inherited the variant from both parents are 50 percent more likely to have ... Read More

IUD, most effective birth control method, carries risks

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings, because the device virtually eliminates the risk of human error, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, women should be aware of the risks before deciding on a method of birth control. IUDs are devices that are implanted in the cervix during a doctor’s office visit. They are small T-shaped devices that use either copper or hormones to prevent fertilization. There are three devices approved for use in the United States, including the ... Read More

NuvaRing makers covered up blood clot risks with contraceptive device

Early one morning in June 2008, Lyndsey Agresta, then 27, called her mother and asked for help. She had an unbearable headache and asked her mother to drive her to the emergency room and look after her 5-year-old son. That was when “everything changed,” her mother, Diane Agresta recalls. Doctors discovered bleeding on her brain caused by a blood clot. It was an unusual diagnosis for a young woman, and doctors suspected her NuvaRing contraceptive device likely contributed to the blood clot. Doctors surgically removed two-thirds of Lyndsey’s right cerebral hemisphere, which left her paralyzed and in need of round-the-clock ... Read More

Woman injured by Mirena IUD files lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare

A Pennsylvania woman has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals claiming that the company’s Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) caused her serious injuries. In 2010, the then-29-year-old woman was implanted with the Mirena IUD to prevent pregnancy. Shortly after the procedure, she began suffering from severe abdominal discomfort, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, severe mood swings and overall feelings of fever and sickness. She had no reason to believe there was a problem with her IUD until she received a positive pregnancy test. She went to the doctor to have the device removed. At the time, the doctor couldn’t locate the device and ... Read More