Health

More than 70,000 complaints about Mirena IUD

An investigation by WEWS-TV out of Cleveland uncovered more than 70,000 complaints about the Mirena intrauterine device filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2000.

A number of women have filed lawsuits claiming the company overstated the device’s benefits in its advertising while trying to conceal some potentially dangerous side effects. Those side effects include the possibility that the device will embed ...

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Nutritionists claim link between red meat, diabetes

A number of prominent nutritionists have reiterated a warning about a potential link between red meat consumption and Type 2 diabetes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Although diabetes is manageable, the Mayo Clinic says it can eventually cause disabling or even life-threatening complications.

And a growing body of evidence links some diabetes treatments – including the drugs Byetta and Januvia — to a potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis, and to ...

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UK charity voices concerns about diabetes drugs

Pancreatic Cancer UK, a charity group based in the United Kingdom, has joined the American Diabetes Association in calling for companies to release information about a potential link between some diabetes medication and pancreatic cancer.

Pressure on the companies is intensifying after Channel 4 Dispatches and the medical journal BMJ reported the results of a joint investigation, BMJ says.

That investigation added to a growing body of evidence suggesting a potential link between ...

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AMA supports energy drink ban for minors

The American Medical Association has announced its willingness to support a ban on marketing energy drinks to people under the age of 18, Reuters reports.

The report quotes an AMA board member as saying that the “massive and excessive amounts of caffeine” in the drinks may be associated with a number of health issues in young people, including heart problems.

In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was ...

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Diet changes an option for Lipitor users

An ABC News report asks the question of whether America is an “overmedicated nation,” and offers alternatives to some of the most commonly prescribed medications.

Among those medications are the anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins. According to the report, the pharmacies fill more than 45 million prescriptions a year for the statin known as Lipitor alone.

But recent research indicates that statins may carry some health risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

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FDA accused of inadequate response to diabetes drugs

An investigation in the medical journal BMJ faults the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its tepid response to reports that diabetes drugs including Byetta and Januvia may be linked to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

Both the FDA and the European Medicines Agency are conducting investigations into that class of drugs, called incretin mimetics, the story says. And both agencies have confirmed that their own analyses show increased reporting or signals of ...

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