Posts Tagged 'blood clots'

FDA Says Testosterone Products Should Warn About Risk of Venous Blood Clots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement that all testosterone therapy products on the market must include a warning label about the general risk of blood clotting in the veins.

Testosterone therapy drugs have been marketed heavily to men with the condition coined Low-T. Men with fatigue or diminished sex drive supposedly do not have enough testosterone, and can reduce these symptoms by taking testosterone replacement drugs. By contrast, some doctors believe that testosterone therapy ...

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Number of Pradaxa Lawsuits Expected to Keep Growing

In October of 2010 the FDA approved Pradaxa for the prevention of blood clots and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). It was marketed by its manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, as an alternative to warfarin. Over the following year a number of cases of gastrointestinal bleeding were reported, some severe enough to cause death. According to the Cleveland Clinic, Pradaxa had a 33% increased risk of heart attack or heart disease over warfarin.

According to the Institute of ...

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Behavioral factors can raise stroke risk

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number of factors can put people at higher risk for a stroke.

While medical conditions can increase that risk, lifestyle factors play a role as well.

For example, use of birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots that lead to stroke – as can pregnancy itself.

But a number of studies show that pills with the synthetic hormone drospirenone can ...

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Stem cells appear to aid stroke recovery

Researchers in Bolivia have announced that rats injected with stem cells recovered from strokes more quickly, and their findings have potential for treating human stroke victims.

According to a BBC story, current best practice for stroke treatment is to treat many patients with “clot-busting” drugs in the first hour after a stroke has taken place, commonly referred to as the “golden hour.”

The most common types of strokes are caused by a blockage ...

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Medical conditions can trigger stroke

While it’s impossible to predict exactly who will suffer a stroke, medical experts have identified a number of risk factors.

Among them are use of alcohol or tobacco, long periods of physical inactivity, pregnancy and use of birth control pills. Although all birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots that trigger strokes, a number of studies indicate that pills with the compound drospirenone can read more.... --> continue reading...

Doctor wrongly excluded from Yaz panel

A physician affiliated with public health watchdog group Public Citizen released a statement on Dec. 6, 2011, regarding his removal from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting to discuss the risk of blood clots from the Yasmin line of birth control pills.

Dr. Sidney Wolfe M.D., is director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. He was originally supposed to be part ...

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