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Quick Hits: Dangerous Side Effects With Some Diabetes Drugs, Vitamin D Doesn’t Curb Cancer & More

July 19, 2018
Quick Hits: Dangerous Side Effects With Some Diabetes Drugs, Vitamin D Doesn’t Curb Cancer & More

Risk for major side effects increased when people with diabetes switched to sulfonylureas and high, monthly doses of vitamin D don’t curb cancer risk.

Don’t Look to Multivitamins for Heart, Stroke Benefits

July 18, 2018
Don’t Look to Multivitamins for Heart, Stroke Benefits

A healthy diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco, not multivitamins, are the best ways to reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular complications.

Drugs Approved More Quickly Have Less Robust Clinical Trials

July 17, 2018
Drugs Approved More Quickly Have Less Robust Clinical Trials

Drugs approved under the Breakthrough Therapy designation can potentially increase the risk for patient harm as side effects and adverse events may be missed.

Acupuncture May Relieve Side Effect Seen in Breast Cancer Drugs

July 16, 2018
Acupuncture May Relieve Side Effect Seen in Breast Cancer Drugs

Women taking aromatase inhibitors that experienced joint pain as a result saw their pain intensity decrease after regular acupuncture treatments.

Quick Hits: Guidelines Could Boost Use of Hypertension Meds, Using AI to Predict Drug Interactions & More

July 12, 2018
Quick Hits: Dangerous Side Effects With Some Diabetes Drugs, Vitamin D Doesn’t Curb Cancer & More

Proposed changes to hypertension guidelines would mean more people on drugs and artificial intelligence may be able to predict drug interactions.

FDA Again Requires Labeling Changes for Controversial Antibiotics

July 11, 2018
FDA Again Requires Labeling Changes for Controversial Antibiotics

The labeling changes for fluoroquinolones address the risk of potentially life-threatening low blood sugar and serious mental health side effects.

Use of Low Testosterone Therapy Declines Dramatically

July 10, 2018
Use of Low Testosterone Therapy Declines Dramatically

“Low T” therapies, which are marketed as treatments for low sex drive, have been linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular events and stroke.

FDA Guidance Aims to Help Docs Make Better Drug Choices for Patients

July 9, 2018
FDA Guidance Aims to Help Docs Make Better Drug Choices for Patients

Guidance for drug industry aims to make parts of a drug’s label more understandable for health care professionals.

Analysis Confirms Combination Inhalers Don’t Increase Asthma-Related Death Risk

July 3, 2018
Analysis Confirms Combination Inhalers Don’t Increase Asthma-Related Death Risk

Analysis supports FDA’s December 2017 decision to remove boxed warning from combination LABA/inhaled corticosteroid steroids of risk of asthma-related hospitalization or death.

Antidepressants May Boost Risk of Death in COPD Patients

July 2, 2018
Antidepressants May Boost Risk of Death in COPD Patients

Results demonstrate a strong association, but not a definite cause and effect, the researchers caution.

Quick Hits: New Flu Drug Gets Priority Review and Get a Second Blood Pressure Reading

June 28, 2018
Quick Hits: Dangerous Side Effects With Some Diabetes Drugs, Vitamin D Doesn’t Curb Cancer & More

Single-dose flu drug to get fast FDA review and getting a second blood pressure reading during doctor visit may avoid unnecessary hypertension treatment.

Get Fit to Avoid Depression, Cardiovascular Disease Later in Life

June 27, 2018
Get Fit to Avoid Depression, Cardiovascular Disease Later in Life

The more physically fit you are in midlife the lower your risk of having depression and cardiovascular disease later in life.