October 9, 2011

Juvisync Combines Zocor, Januvia

1 New Drug Treats Diabetes and Cholesterol

Juvisync, the first combination pill treating both type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, has been approved by the FDA. The new combo pill, made by Merck, combines two popular drugs manufactured by the drugmaker: the diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin) and the cholesterol pill Zocor (simvastatin). Juvisync will be available in tablets that contain different doses of Januvia and Zocor in a fixed combination. The tablets containing different doses were created to meet the needs of individual patients, says the FDA. WebMD reports that the FDA believes that the potential risk of statins increasing blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients is outweighed by the benefits of the combination pill in reducing heart disease.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Breast Cancer Drug Linked to Diabetes

Tags: Simvastatin, Combination Pill Diabetes High Cholesterol, Cholesterol Drug Zocor, New Cholesterol Drug, Januvia, Combo Januvia Zocor, New Drug Juvisync, Sitagliptin

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2 Three More Genes Linked to Melanoma Risk

New research has discovered three genes linked to melanoma that have nothing to do with hair, skin, eye and hair color. It has been established that these factors along with easily burning, moles and a family history increases the risk. Past research has shown that five genes that determine skin pigmentation and three that promote mole formation are linked to the deadly skin cancer. This study found that mutations in the MX2, ATM and CASP8 genes which play a role in narcolepsy, DNA repair and cell death, respectively, also elevate the risk. Cancer begins with damaged cells and continues because they grow and divide uncontrollably. Excessive UV light exposure is the biggest risk factor for melanoma but researchers hope that all 11 genes allow for better screening, diagnosis and treatment.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vitamin D May Lower Melanoma Risk in Women

Tags: Melanoma, MX2, CASP8, ATM, DNA Repair, Cell Death, Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

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