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Quick Hits: Transvaginal Mesh Pulled, New Weight Loss Drug & More

The FDA has ordered that manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products, the most common item used in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair, stop selling them. The agency’s move comes amid growing concern about their safety. Just two companies, Boston Scientific and Coloplast, make transvaginal mesh for POP repair. In 2016, transvaginal…

For Weight Loss, Benefits of Medications Don’t Outweigh the Risks

Using medication in combination with behavioral interventions may help you lose weight, though the addition of drugs can lead to side effects. In an update to a 2012 recommendation, the US Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) says that doctors should refer adults with elevated body mass index to behavioral weight-loss…

Quick Hits: Weight-Loss Drug and Heart Risks, Fish Oil Pills and CV Risk & More

A weight-loss drug is effective at helping people lose weight but also doesn’t increase their risk for heart problems,a first for a weight-loss medicine. The drug, Belviq (lorcaserin), didn’t lower the risk for cardiovascular events either. Researchers looked at 12,000 overweight or obese people. Half were given Belviq and the…

Do Weight Loss Drugs and Supplements Really Work?

Most people would agree that losing weight can be tough, so the idea of a quick fix is understandably tempting. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that any such thing exists. “There are no magic bullets that are now available,” says Steven Heymsfield, MD, a professor and researcher at the Pennington…

Studies for Weight-Loss Drug Underreported Adverse Events

Reporting on some of the clinical studies conducted for a popular prescription weight-loss drug that is now available over-the-counter (OTC) downplayed the side effects and potential harms associated with the medication, according to a new review. The drug, orlistat, was approved in the US in 1999 and marketed by Roche,…

Weight-Loss Products May Do Harm While Promising Miracles

What will it take to lose just 5 or 10 more pounds? A miracle? We have all wished for one — especially at this time of year when we all make New Year’s resolutions. And miracles are just what a lot of weight-loss products promise. But they may not deliver…

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