February 29, 2012

Users Complaining About Memory

1 New Warning: Statins and Blood Sugar, Memory

"Maybe the increased use of statins explains social dumbing-down phenomena like the growth of hate radio and Faux News"
- Jim Purdy in the comments

Popular cholesterol-lowering drugs Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor will carry new warnings from the FDA for memory problems and risk of high blood sugar. The warnings apply to any statin. NPR reports that quite a few statin users have reported trouble remembering things or have felt confused. Statins may also cause a slight increase in risk for high blood sugar and the development of Type 2 diabetes, but the FDA insists the new warnings shouldn't scare people away from the drugs. They believe the benefits of statins are "indisputable," but patients should also take them with knowledge of the side effects. While the new warnings will be added, the labeling update also includes some good news: Liver damage is rare enough for the recommendation for regular liver testing will be removed.

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Memory Problems Statins, Lipitor Memory Side Effects, Crestor Affects Memory, Zocor Memory Problems, New Statin Warnings, Statins Raise Blood Sugar, Statins Raise Risk Type 2 Diabetes, New FDA Warning Statins, Problems Cholesterol Lowering Drugs, Regular Liver Testing

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Mabel Weighs 67 Pounds

2 Obese Beagle Mix Uses Underwater Treadmill

Mabel, a rather adorable 67-pound beagle mix, is getting some special help to drop the pounds from the University of Tennessee Veterinary School where she uses an underwater treadmill. A dog like Mabel should weigh about 25 pounds, and veterinary nutritionist Angela Witzel says she hopes Mabel will be trim enough by late summer to be her running buddy! Mabel is enrolled in doggie Fat Camp, a weight-loss rehab program for pets at the university, reports WBIR. Three days a week, Mabel has two sessions during the day in a specialty underwater treadmill that lets her exercise without stress to her joints. Mabel walks for three minutes, then rests for two, but all that walking will hopefully add up to a 40-pound weight loss over the next nine months.

More at WBIR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fat Dogs, Obese Pets, Mabel, Underwater Treadmill Pets, University Tennessee Veterinary School, Marti Drum, Fattest Beagle Mix Ever

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