February 20, 2010

Should be Removed from Market

1 Avandia Blamed for 100s of Heart Attacks

Avandia, a diabetes drug, may be the cause of hundreds of heart attacks suffered each month, according to confidential FDA reports obtained by The New York Times. The reports say that if Avandia were replaced with a similar pill called Actos, the number of heart attacks would be reduced by about 500 each month. GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of Avandia, is being urged by some to remove the drug from the market. Still others believe the drug is beneficial and that studies of it provide contradictory information. Glaxo said Avandia was extensively studied and does not increase the risk of heart problems. This is not a new controversy and has, in fact, been heating up for years but a recent clinical trial and Senate investigation have brought Avandia under the spotlight once again.

More at The New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Tastes Just Like the Real Thing

2 Chocolate Without the Fat?

A new low-fat chocolate is said to taste just like the high fat variety by scientists at the University of Binghamton, UK. Scientists replaced normal chocolate’s fat particles with water to create a new low fat food that is about 60 percent water. It is said to have the same taste and mouth feel as the real thing. Researchers are also working to create low-fat mayonnaise and oatmeal that can satiate hunger for up to six hours. Childhood obesity is on the rise in Great Britain with about 17 percent of children falling into that category in 2008, a figure that is up seven percent from 1995. “We are well advanced with the work and are already talking to manufacturers about creating products based on our research,” said Professor Ian Norton, who is overseeing the research.

More at Telegraph.co.uk | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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