Posts Tagged 'gastrointestinal'

First Federal Benicar Lawsuit Trial Set for Late 2016

federal benicar lawsuits set to start in late 2016Following a September 30 status conference, the first Benicar multidistrict litigation lawsuit has been scheduled for trial in late 2016, reports the New Jersey Law Journal.

The litigation, overseen by District Judge Michael Schneider in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, already includes over 1,100 Benicar lawsuits. These have been filed by patients who claim Daiichi Sankyo’s hypertension drug Benicar caused them ...

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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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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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Pradaxa Linked with Increased Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

A new study shows the use of the anti-coagulant known as Pradaxa is associated with a significant increase in the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. The increased risk is compared to traditional or standard treatment with drugs such as enoxaparin, warfarin, antiplatelet therapy, or no therapy (placebo).

The study analyzed 17 randomized controlled trails and found an increased risk for gastrointestinal bleeding for patients taking newer anti-coagulants versus the more traditional treatments. Although there was a significant ...

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Medical professionals concerned over Benicar reports

Reports linking the blood pressure medication Benicar to intestinal problems were a hot topic of conversation at this year’s Digestive Disease Week meeting — considered the largest and most prestigious meeting in the world for the gastrointestinal professionals.

A report in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News says Benicar has been linked to severe symptoms similar to those of sprue, or celiac disease.

That’s not the only concern that health care professionals have raised about ...

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Opinion piece on blood pressure treatment considered controversial

An article in Forbes analyzes the likely impact of an opinion piece published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, which journalist Peter Lipson concludes is “sure to start some fights.”

In the JAMA column, retired but respected physician Iona Heath argues that mild high blood pressure is over-treated, and that medical professionals should raise the blood pressure rate at which they begin prescribing medication.

Not only might the blood pressure ...

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