Health

New blood pressure treatment being tested

ABC 30 out of Fresno, Calif., reports on a clinical trial for a new blood pressure treatment called Renal Denervation.

The proposed treatment would target overactive renal nerves, which can cause blood pressure to skyrocket. Renal nerves transmit information from the kidneys to the brain. In Renal Denervation, doctors insert a needle into an artery in the groin near the kidneys and burn the nerves.

The ABC 30 story quotes a doctor ...

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FDA: Potiga Risks Include Possible Vision Loss

FDA changes Potiga label to include risk of blindnessThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved changes to the drug label to the anti-seizure medication Potiga. The new warning will alert patients and doctors to the risk of severe retinal pigment changes that can lead to blindness. The label will also warn that the Potiga has been linked with skin discoloration, particularly of the hands, feet and lips.

The revised label ...

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Drug manufacturers agree to review of diabetes drugs

Global drug manufacturers have agreed to cooperate with an independent review of diabetes drugs classified as “incretin mimetics,” which include Byetta and Januvia, in light of a growing body of research suggesting that the drugs may be linked to pancreatic cancer and a potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.

The American Diabetes Association has called for such a review.

A Reuters report on the issue quotes the ADA’s chief scientific and ...

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New diabetes drug faces competition

GlaxoSmithKline announced that its once-weekly diabetes drug called albiglutide was effective in late-stage clinical trials.

A story in Reuters about the announcement speculates that despite those results, the drug may face challenges in an increasingly competitive market for diabetes drugs. But some of the newer types of diabetes drugs such as Januvia and Byetta have generated health concerns recently.

The medical journal BMJ has published an investigation about the diabetes drugs called “incretin ...

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Health warnings issued for cholesterol drugs

In a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian researchers are advising doctors to avoid ordering certain antibiotics for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, which include Lipitor.

An article in U.S. News and World Report says statins don’t mix well with the antibiotics clarithromycin or erythromycin.

This isn’t the first time that health concerns have been raised about statins. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added warnings to ...

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IUD users report “horrific” injuries

According to a report on WEWS-TV out of Cleveland, patients who filed lawsuits over the Mirena intrauterine device are reporting a range of “horrific” injuries.

The report includes an interview with a woman who continues to suffer pain on the left side of her body, which he doctor said is due to nerve damage and will never go away. That woman needed surgery after the ...

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