May 14, 2011

At Risk for Medical Problems

1 Pets, Not Just People, Getting Bigger

As obesity rates rise, our pets are at risk too say veterinarians. A 2009 Assn for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) report indicates that more than half of all dogs and cats in US households are overweight or obese and the causes are portion control and lack of exercise. Overweight pets have shorter lifespans and medical problems that may include back pain, arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes and depression, the latter of which may result in inappropriate behavior such as chewing and excessive barking. "Aerobic activity for as little as twenty to thirty minutes a day balances norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin levels resulting in a better, more stable mood," says Ernie Ward, DVM. Check with your vet before placing your pet on a diet or exercise program.

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

Tags: Cats, Dogs, Pets, Obese Pets, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Dr. Ernie Ward, Inappropriate Pet Behavior, Excessive Barking, Excessive Chewing

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Viagra, Cialis in Fake Drugs

2 Fake ExtenZe Contains Prescription Ingredients

Fake ExtenZe pills contain the active ingredients in Cialis and Viagra, tadalafil and sildenafil, warns the FDA. The counterfeit product resembles the authentic dietary supplement ExtenZe, which is used for male sexual enchancement. However, the fake ExtenZe pills contain the hidden prescription ingredient tadalafil or a combination of tadalafil and sildenafil, which may be harmful to consumers. The counterfeit packages contain lot numbers LOT 1110075 or LOT F050899. The FDA warns that the fake ExtenZe pills could cause interactions with other medications, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. The FDA says that there's a growing trend of dangerous products with hidden drugs or chemicals marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss, body building or sexual enhancement.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Depression Drug Side Effects Not Reported

Tags: Cialis, Erectile Dysfunction, Sildenafil, Viagra, ExtenZe, Tadalafil, Warning About Sexual Enhancement Pills

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Will Greatly Improve Treatment

3 FDA Approves Boceprevir to Treat Hepatitis C

A new hepatitis C drug developed by Merck & Co. that produces higher cure rates in a shorter period of time in conjunction with the current two-drug treatment can now be used in the U.S. The FDA has just approved boceprevir, known as Victrelis, which works by preventing viral replication. Several phase III clinical studies have shown that it is dramatically more effective when used with older drugs ribavirin and pegylated interferon compared to only treating patients with the two older drugs. Approximately 180 million people deal suffer from hepatitis C which is contracted from sharing needles and straws used for drugs and unprotected sex. No cure is available and many are diagnosed at a point when even the current treatment is ineffective because symptoms do not emerge for years.

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

Previously: Boceprevir Recommended for FDA Approval, New Hepatitis C Drug Cures Patients Faster, Triple Cocktail Shows Promise Against Hepatitis C, Another Hepatitis C Drug on Its Way to Approval, New Drug Plus Standard Treatment Improves Outcome

Tags: Boceprevir, FDA, FDA Approval, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis C Cure, Hepatitis C Treatment, Merck, Victrelis

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