Canadian Pharmacy fen-phen recall follows U.S. lead

Ottawa – Popular diet drugs fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine have been withdrawn from the Canadian market after disturbing new evidence suggested they may cause valvular heart disease. The move a voluntary recall of the drugs by the companies according to the Health Protection Branch (HPB) of Health Canada here follows similar action by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after new information on the complications of these drugs was made available. In July researchers at the Mayo Clinic Rochester Minn. reported 24 cases of rare valvular disease in women who took combination therapy of fenfluramine with phentermine widely used off-label combination known as “fen-phen.” The FDA alerted doctors that it had received nine additional reports of the same type and requested all health-care professionals to report any such cases to the agency’s MedWatch program or to the manufacturers. Subsequently they received 66 additional reports of heart valve disease associated mainly with the fen-phen combination but also with fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine used alone. All of these cases had been symptomatic. (more…)

April 27th, 2015 - Posted in Medicines, Weight Loss | | Comments Off

Benefits of HRT Therapy

Relieving Symptoms of Menopause
The most immediate benefit of hormone replacement therapy is its ability to ease a woman’s symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. While HRT can improve a womans mood if she is mildly depressed, it can sometimes cause problems for women who are clinically depressed. If you’re concerned about your mood, talk to your health care provider. (more…)

May 30th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home, Part 2

Step-by-step checklists for choosing a nursing home may be found at the following Web sites:

Health Care Financing Administration:
Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging:
Finding the Right Nursing Home
Benjamin Rose Institute:
Checklist for Choosing a Nursing Home
NOTE: Any links to external sites will open in a new browser window. External sites are not part of drkoop.com, and drkoop.com has no control over their content or availability. (more…)

May 18th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home, Part 1

Many people face the challenge of finding a good nursing home for a loved one at some time in their lives. Often, this is a difficult, overwhelming process, but armed with a list of questions to ask and supportive resources, the choice can be made with confidence. (more…)

May 18th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

What the Future May Hold

Every individual’s experience with asthma is different. Some children outgrow their asthma. Some children develop asthma symptoms again later in life and some have asthma symptoms throughout their lives. (more…)

May 7th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Treatment. Part 2

A person who constantly weighs herself may try not weighing herself for increasingly longer periods of time (e.g., at first a few hours, then a day, and so on). Encouraging pleasurable behaviors that make a person’s body feel good is another important treatment intervention. Teaching relaxation skills is another important element of the treatment. This gives individuals skills they can use when the urge to engage in body-image behaviors strikes. (more…)

April 20th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Treatment. Part 1

The overall treatment goal is to help individuals who have negative body image become comfortable with their body’s appearance. This includes not letting any negative thoughts or feelings change their behaviors and interfere with their daily life. As discussed earlier, behaviors do not occur in isolation. (more…)

April 20th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Fuel for the Fire of Hot Flushes

Stress can “add fuel to the fire” of hot flushes. When women feel stressed in some way, they may experience the physical manifestations associated with the hot flush (such as warm, visible flushing or sweating) that cause additional stress or give others the exaggerated appearance that we are not in control.
But how is stress associated with hot flushes? The temperature controlling, or thermoregulatory, centers in a woman’s brain area are in close proximity to estrogen receptors, as well as epinephrine and norepinephrine receptors. During stress, your body undergoes various degrees of the “flight or fight” response, and releases both norepinephrine and epinephrine. These contribute to heightened attention and anxiety, as well as an increased pulse rate as our bodies adjust to deal with the stressful event. (more…)

April 18th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Update

Exciting new research is expanding the understanding and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early and aggressive treatment is today’s philosophy, and results show researchers and doctors are on the right track. (more…)

April 10th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

The Margins of Classical Homoeopathy, Part 2

A week later she rang to say there was no change so I posted a further dropper bottle of the same combination remedy with instructions to again take two drops per day. I did not hear from her for over a month, but then she called at my practise, without appointment, and waited to see me between patients. She just wanted to show me her clear complexion of which she was justly proud. The cure was complete. At last it was a complete cure, as far as the patient was concerned. She was clear of a disfiguring skin problem and that was why she had come to me. (more…)

December 12th, 2011 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

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