Here is a recap of some articles that may interest you:
Monday, June 28: Popular Diabetes Drug May Be Banned
Associated Press: A new study led by a federal drug safety expert ties the controversial diabetes drug Avandia to a higher risk of heart problems, strokes and deaths in older adults, and says it is more dangerous than a rival drug, Actos.
The study, a huge review of Medicare records, comes two weeks ahead of a Food and Drug Administration hearing on Avandia’s safety. The lead author, Dr. David Graham, is an FDA scientist who wants the pill banned.
As many as 100,000 heart attacks, strokes, deaths and cases of heart failure may be due to Avandia since it came on the market in 1999, Graham said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Tuesday, June 29: Cholesterol Drugs for Healthy Adults Still Debatable
Associated Press: Should healthy people with low cholesterol take a pill to lower their cholesterol even more in hopes of preventing heart problems? The question is dividing heart doctors and confusing patients.
An analysis published Monday questions research that led federal regulators to allow the statin drug Crestor wider use for prevention. The Food and Drug Administration broadened Crestor’s market to millions more people in February, partly because of a study reported in 2008 by Crestor’s maker.
Consequently, more doctors are putting healthy people on statin drugs, sometimes inappropriately, heart doctors say. And they say too little attention is paid to potential risks, such as developing diabetes.
Tuesday, June 29: Study: Americans Getting Fatter and Fatter
Reuters: Obesity rates climbed again last year with 28 U.S. states reporting adults are fatter now than a year ago, two advocacy groups said on Tuesday.
Obesity rates fell only in the District of Columbia, and the groups warned that dealing with the epidemic should be a vital part of reforming healthcare.
“Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income,” said Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America’s Health, which sponsored the report along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Wednesday, June 30: Tips to Protect Yourself From Hospital Negligence
Fox News: There have been a number of published reports this year about staff several VA hospitals using unsterilized equipment and exposing their patients to infectious diseases.
The most recent occurred at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. Tuesday, the hospital sent out letters to 1,800 veterans who had been treated recently for dental work, and said that the patients may have come in contact with HIV or hepatitis B and C because of instruments that were not cleaned properly.
…Now, let me give you some tips on how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of poor infection control in the hospital:
Wednesday, June 30: Charm Bracelets Given Out By U.S. Docs, Dentists Recalled
NewsCore: About 66,200 charm bracelets and 2,200 rings made in China and given out by doctors and dentists in the U.S., are the subject of a voluntary recall by the The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because they contain high levels of cadmium.
The metal is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause health risks with long-term exposure.
Thursday, July 01: Deadly Chemical Found in Baby Bottles Banned in Maryland
NewsCore: Men around the world were delighted to have a new excuse to avoid shopping after a deadly chemical found in printed receipts was linked to impotency – but its more serious side effects were highlighted Thursday as a ban on the substance came into effect in Maryland.
Maryland was the fourth U.S. state to ban the chemical Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, which was linked to early puberty, childhood obesity, autism, reproductive problems, breast cancer and other medical issues.
Thursday, July 01: Testosterone Gel Linked to Heart Problems
Reuters: Testosterone treatments may build muscle mass in older men, but they may carry a risk of heart problems in people with poor mobility, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
The Massachusetts study, reported online by the New England Journal of Medicine, was halted after six months because the men using a hormone gel were developing so many heart, breathing and skin problems compared to patients applying a placebo gel to their shoulders or upper arms every day.
“I think the study raises important questions about the safety of giving testosterone to older individuals,” Dr. Shalender Bhasin of the Boston University School of Medicine said in a telephone interview.
Friday, July 02: Group to Show Car for Blind Drivers
Associated Press:Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-flung notion a reality.
The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.
The technology, called “nonvisual interfaces,” uses sensors to let a blind driver maneuver a car based on information transmitted to him about his surroundings: whether another car or object is nearby, in front of him or in a neighboring lane.
Friday, July 02: Cold Cereal Might Beat a Hot Breakfast
Reuters: You needn’t feel guilty if you don’t cook hot breakfasts for your kids. In a recent large study of children that compared breakfast-skippers, cereal eaters, and kids who had “other” breakfasts, the cereal-eaters came out on top for healthiest diets.
Regardless of whether their breakfasts were relatively high or low in sugar, the cereal eaters did not consume more than the daily recommended amount.
The breakfast skippers, on the other hand, got more of their daily energy from “added sugars” than breakfast eaters and ended up with less fiber, fewer nutrients, and the smallest percent of their daily energy provided by protein.
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