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OSHA Alliance Focuses on Safety of Women Construction Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it has renewed its alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), launching another five-year pact “to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers.” OSHA’s alliance with NAWIC is part of the OSHA Alliance Program, which couples the resources and expertise of the federal agency with those of various organizations and institutions committed to improving workplace safety and protecting the rights of workers. The alliance will focus on hazards that are specific to women construction workers or are of particular importance to them, such as personal ... Read More

Women should not be treated with testosterone therapy, Endocrine Society advises

Low testosterone is not a valid diagnosis in healthy women, and most women with low amounts of the hormone should not use testosterone-replacement drugs, the Endocrine Society said in a new guideline. “Although limited research suggests testosterone therapy in menopausal women may be linked to improved sexual function, there are too many unanswered questions to justify prescribing testosterone therapy to otherwise healthy women,” guideline task force chair Dr. Margaret Wierman, of the University of Colorado, said in news release. Dr. Wierman said that in a review of past studies, women who had low testosterone levels did not exhibit any signs ... Read More

FDA to reassess appropriateness, usefulness of testosterone replacement drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold an advisory panel meeting Sept. 17 on the safety and usefulness of testosterone replacement drugs, which a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers are promoting and selling aggressively to men who may be stricken with low testosterone levels, or “Low T.” FDA officials added briefing documents to the agency website earlier this month, acknowledging that while testosterone levels commonly drop in men as they age, studies indicate that lower levels of the hormone do not necessarily lead to serious health problems, such as testicular and pituitary disease. Still, as the agency notes, testosterone ... Read More

Drugs to boost ‘good’ cholesterol may not improve death risk

Drugs designed to boost “good” cholesterol may not help prevent heart attacks, strokes or death, a new analysis shows. Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are designed to drive down low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol. LDL piles up in blood vessels and can lead to heart attacks and strokes, however high-density (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, removes LDL cholesterol. However, statins are not tolerated by many people. Statin side effects include muscle injury, liver damage and increased blood sugar levels leading to type 2 diabetes. Older women are at greater risk for developing the chronic disease. Thus, researchers have ... Read More

Lipitor diabetes lawsuits mount since FDA warning five months ago

Lawsuits against Pfizer by women who say the company’s cholesterol-lowering statin Lipitor caused them to develop type 2 diabetes have skyrocketed in recent months, shooting up from 56 to nearly 1,000 in the past five months, according to a Reuters review of federal court filings. The lawsuits allege Pfizer knew of the possible side effect but failed to adequately warn the public. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Lipitor and other statins could increase blood sugar levels which could lead to a “small increased risk” of type 2 diabetes. Studies show the risk is higher among ... 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

Study links high cholesterol to breast cancer

Controlling high cholesterol may help prevent breast cancer, a new study shows. However, current medications that help lower cholesterol levels could lead to other health issues. Researchers at the Aston University School of Medicine Sciences in Birmingham, England, reviewed medical records of more than 660,000 female patients between 2000 and 2013, and found a connection between high cholesterol and breast cancer. From this, researchers determined that high cholesterol increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by nearly two thirds. Obesity can be a contributing factor for breast cancer, and researchers say that may be because high cholesterol and obesity ... Read More

Women less likely to tolerate statin side effects

Researchers are suggesting that gender-based therapy would better suit women with diabetes because they are less likely to stick to treatment and have a greater risk of heart disease than men. One reason why diabetic women, in general, fare worse than men with diabetes is because they are less likely to follow through with treatment goals – such a lowering their LDL – or “bad” – cholesterol levels. They are also at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease related to their diabetes, often because they have a more difficult time lowering their cholesterol. One likely reason why women do not ... Read More

Women derive fewer benefits from cholesterol-lowering statins

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

Testosterone drugs may seriously harm some patients, doctor warns

National Public Radio (NPR) recently called testosterone replacement drugs “the biggest men’s health craze since Viagra,” but some doctors warn that the supplements could be anything but healthy for some men. The Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans recently reported that resident urologist Harold Fuselier warns that testosterone-replacement drugs, which are now widely available in topical gels, creams, and patches, could have serious, even deadly, side effects. It’s an especially important warning to consider, given the proliferation of television, web, and print advertisements touting the advantages of drugs that artificially boost low testosterone levels, often referred ... Read More