February 28, 2012
BPA Exposure May Raise Risk of Heart Disease
Exposure to bisphenol A
(BPA), a controversial chemical commonly used to make plastics,
increases a person's risk of developing heart disease later in
life, a new study suggests.
Family Tree May Aid Treatment of Inherited Heart
Researchers who used family
trees dating back to 1811 to estimate the death risk for people
with inherited heart rhythm disorders say their findings can help
doctors determine when to screen and treat today's patients with
Vitamin D3 Might Ease Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps are the
bane of many women, but new research suggests that a form of
vitamin D may one day be added to the meager list of pain relievers
for the sometimes disabling condition.
Selenium Supplements May Help -- or Harm
While getting the right
amount of selenium in your diet can boost your immune function and
lower your risk of death, you can get too much of a good thing.
Higher-than-normal levels of selenium may contribute to the
development of type 2 diabetes, hair loss and certain cancers, a
new review of evidence finds.
FDA Adds Safety Warnings to Statins
cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins will now come with
revised labels warning of a slight increased risk of elevated blood
sugar levels, which could lead to type 2 diabetes, as well as a
warning on rare cases of confusion and memory loss, U.S. drug
regulators said Tuesday.
Autoinjector Version of MS Drug Approved
A pen-delivery version of
the multiple sclerosis drug Avonex has been approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturer Biogen Idec said