Health

Senators call for Zohydro investigation

According to The Hill, two senators are investigating allegations that “members of the pharmaceutical industry” paid large sums of money to meet with FDA officials in connection with its recent approval of Zohydro.

The Hill reports that Senators Joe Manchin, (D-WV) and David Vitter (R-LA) have written letters to the FDA and others who may have been involved. According to the letter, multiple pharmaceutical companies paid $25,000 to $30,000 to a university hospital to meet with FDA ...

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FDA Announces Risk of Cardiovascular Events from Testosterone Therapy Products

On January 31, 2014, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication in which it warned of a potential link between testosterone products and cardiovascular problems. Based on two recently published studies that suggest a link between testosterone therapies and increased risk of cardiovascular events, the FDA has decided to reassess whether this form of therapy is safe. This represents an important determination, because an adverse decision from the FDA could pave the way for read more.... --> continue reading...

Foods combat high blood pressure

In a piece in the Huffington Post, Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., lists foods that might help combat high blood pressure.

Brill describes high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, as a “silent killer” that’s reached epidemic proportions in the United States.

She writes that as many as 67 million American adults live with the condition. And high blood pressure is the largest risk factor for death by cardiovascular disease, which happens every ...

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Multiple deaths reported due to Lyme disease

The Boston Globe recently reported that three individuals died last year from heart inflammation due to undiagnosed Lyme disease.

Lyme disease can permanently change a person’s health, though only about 1% of Lyme infections are believed to produce severe heart inflammation. This condition is treatable by antibiotics, when detected early. However, according to the Globe, “the fact that otherwise healthy people with no significant symptoms could suddenly die from undiagnosed Lyme adds to public officials’ growing worries about the ...

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Different surgeries available for mesothelioma

The American Cancer Society says different forms of surgery might be used to treat some forms of mesothelioma.

Major surgery might be needed to attempt a cure – or at least extend the patient’s life — if he or she is otherwise in good health and the tumor appears to be in only one place. In most cases, though, the cancer has spread to other places before it is found and surgery ...

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Further studies needed about risks of testosterone therapy

A report from CBS News suggests further studies are needed to assess the risks of testosterone therapy.

Testosterone therapy, also called androgen replacement therapy, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a way for men to improve health. However, there is little data on its long-term effects. Previous studies indicate that testosterone therapy is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

According to CBS News, the American Medical Association Journal published a ...

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