June 16, 2011

Heart Disease, Chantix Don't Mix

1 Chantix May Increase Heart Attack Risk

Chantix, a smoking cessation drug, may cause a small increased risk for heart attacks or other heart problems if taken by patients with cardiovascular disease, reports the FDA. The study of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease revealed that those taking Chantix (varenicline) were more likely to quit smoking for at least one year, but with an increased risk of heart problems compared with those taking a placebo. WebMD reports that new heart risk information will be added to the Chantix patient medication guide. Chantix manufacturer Pfizer noted that the overall number of cardiovascular events observed in heart disease patients taking Chantix was low.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Smoking Cessation, Chantix Risks, Heart Attack Risks with Chantix, Heart Problems Chantix, Varenicline

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Nutrients Help Those at Risk

2 Diet May Protect Aging Eyes

For those at a higher genetic risk for macular degeneration, eating a diet rich in zinc, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of vision loss by as much as a third compared with those who ate lower levels of these nutrients. Macular degeneration is vision loss caused by erosion of the retina and it occurs in more than six out of every 100 adults over the age of 40. Researchers in the Netherlands studied people with a genetic variation known as CFH which increases the odds of the disease by 11 fold and another known as LOC387715S which raises the risk by 15 fold. Among those with the CFH variation, the protective nutrients were zinc, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and lutein/zeaxanthin. Those with the second genetic flaw were best helped by zinc and omega-3’s.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Resveratrol May Prevent Some Blinding Diseases

Tags: Antioxidants, Eye Disease, Macular Degeneration, Nutrition, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Zinc, Vision Loss

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One Less Headache

3 Ginger/Feverfew Combo Brings Migraine Relief

A small study involving people who suffered migraines found that 63 percent of the 40 people taking LipiGesic, made up of ginger and the herb feverfew, got some relief while only 39 percent of the 15 who took the placebo did. The treatment, developed by PuraMed Bioscience whom also funded this study, was taken when study participants first noticed symptoms of an impending migraine. Two hours after treatment or placebo, twice as many people in the treatment group were not in pain compared to the placebo group. The study is small which could skew the results. More studies looking at alternative therapies for migraines to determine their effectiveness are necessary because approximately 50 percent of migraine sufferers and those with extremely painful headaches use such treatments.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Trio of Genes Linked to Migraines, Tinted Lenses May Provide Migraine Relief

Tags: Ginger, Migraine, Migraines, Migraine Headache, Migraine Treatments, Alternative Therapies for Migraine Treatments, LipiGesic, Feverfew, PuraMed Bioscience, Alternative Therapies

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