October 16, 2010

Drugs Needed

1 Tropical Diseases Affect 1 Billion Worldwide

People in industrialized countries don’t think about contracting dengue fever or leprosy. But for those in underdeveloped countries, these diseases are part of daily life, affecting 1 billion people worldwide, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO identified 17 diseases, including river blindness, rabies and sleeping sickness, that are present in 149 underdeveloped countries and said they can greatly reduce the incidence of these diseases with the help of donations from pharmaceutical companies. And the drug companies are answering the call with commitments to donate drugs from Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. The report also recommends improving sanitation and controlling animals and insects that can spread diseases.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Tags: World Health Organization, Tropical Disease, Leprosy, Dengue Fever, Rabies, Sleeping Sickness, River Blindness

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Drug Manage Anothers Effects

2 One Bone Loss Drug Treats Side Effects of Another

Two new studies suggest that an older drug used to treat osteoporosis could treat a severe bone loss condition known as osteonecrosis of the jaw bone, which is death of the bone because blood flow has been lost. One study focuses on an 88-year-old woman who developed the condition after a tooth extraction. It was also noted she was on Fosamax (alendronate), a bisphosphonate, due to a hip fracture she suffered 10 years ago. Osteonecrosis is a rare side effect of drugs like Fosamax. She was treated with an osteoporosis drug of a different class called Forteo (teriparatide) and the osteonecrosis and pain disappeared in eight weeks. Long term use of Forteo may lead to osteosarcoma because it spurs new bone growth unlike bisphosphonates, which slow bone absorption.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Beer Could Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Tags: Alendronate, Osteoporosis, Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Bone, Fosamax, Forteo, Teriparatide, Osteosarcoma, Bisphosphonates

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