Archive for May, 2012

More questions on antidepressants during pregnancy

When moms-to-be use antidepressants, their babies may be more likely to be born early or have a seizure soon after birth, a large U.S. study suggests. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, add to evidence linking antidepressants to certain pregnancy risks — including preterm birth and smaller size at birth.

Read more about the risks of antidepressants during pregnancy…

Panel: Hormone Therapy Not for Prevention of Chronic Conditions

Women should not use hormone therapy (HT) to prevent chronic conditions, such as bone loss, after menopause. The advice is the draft recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). It does not apply to women using hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

Read more about the HRT study…

Topamax linked to increased glaucoma risk

A new study has found that patients who use topiramate—the primary ingredient of the epilepsy and migraine drug Topamax—were more likely to develop glaucoma. The case study—which included nearly one million subjects—was published in the May 2012 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Read more about the Topamax-glaucoma link…

Zoloft linked to an increased mortality rate among ICU patients

Zoloft and other drugs in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to an increased mortality rate among patients receiving treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU). Patients who were in the ICU and taking antidepressants face a 73% increased risk of death within one year, according to a study conducted at the Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Read more about the Zoloft side effects study…

Manufacturers facing nearly 1,300 transvaginal mesh lawsuits

Transvaginal surgical mesh manufacturers are facing nearly 1,300 lawsuits alleging that their products caused injuries in women. Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson and American Medical Systems are the four manufacturers cited in transvaginal mesh lawsuits, according to attorneys familiar with the cases.

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4 Stocks Proving That Regulation Matters

Medical devices can and do make life decidedly better for a whole lot of people. However, some device manufacturers have alarmingly put out products that either fail to improve patient outcomes or, in too many cases, actually cause more damage. It looks likely that the FDA is going to tighten up surveillance, which means that these companies are going to have to get their acts together.

Read more about problems with medical devices…

Antibiotics prevent UTIs better than probiotics

Antibiotics are still better than probiotics at preventing urinary tract infections, but at least “good bacteria” don’t add to a person’s antibiotic resistance, a new study concludes. Recurring UTIs are common among some women and low-dose antibiotics are sometimes used to prevent them. The worry is that overuse of the drugs also reduces their effectiveness by making disease-causing bacteria like E. coli resistant.

Read more about antibiotics and probiotics…

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