July 17, 2012

Hair Loss vs Sexual Dysfunction

1 Finasteride May Affect Libido Long Term

Finasteride, used to treat enlarged prostate and also hair loss is known to cause sexual problems in users. Now, a study from The George Washington U. shows that the drug, marketed as Propecia for hair loss, caused low libido, erectile dysfunction, trouble having an orgasm and painful genitals for 3 or more months after study participants stopped taking it. 96% of the 54 men, ages 40 and under, who participated in the study experienced sexual problems that lasted more than a year after they stopped the drug. While study authors acknowledge that results may be skewed - many participants were recruited through a pitch aimed at men experiencing side effects - they say their findings signal potentially serious risks for finasteride patients.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Baldness Drug May Cause Sexual Problem

Tags: Erectile Dysfunction, Finasteride, Food and Drug Administration, Hair Loss, Orgasm, Propecia, The George Washington University, Finasteride and Sexual Problems, Painful Genitals, Low Libido

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Weight Loss with Restrictions

2 FDA Expected to Approve Qnexa for Weight Loss

The FDA is expected to approve the new diet drug Qnexa today, making it the second diet drug to be approved this year. The first was Belviq, which was approved June 27. According to clinical trials, Qnexa results in more dramatic weight loss, with Qnexa patients going from an average 227 pounds to 204 pounds. Belviq patients went from an average weight of 220 to 207. However, the new drug does come with a possible downside, with some patients in the clinical trial suffering from an increased heart rate and metabolic acidosis. Qnexa also contains topiramate, which has been linked to birth defects. Because of the risks associated with it and to prevent pill mills from dispensing it, the drug will only be available through mail order so doctors can’t sell it directly.

More at CNN Health | Posted 5 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: FDA Urged to Approve Diet Pill Qnexa

Tags: FDA, Health Risk, Qnexa, Weight Loss

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Get a Boost with Some Iron

3 Iron Supplements Can Defeat Fatigue in Women

Doctors have been recommending iron supplements for women complaining of fatigue for years but there really hasn’t been much evidence of them actually helping. A new study changes that, with French researchers studying 198 menstruating women, ages 18 to 53, who complained of fatigue. All the women had ferritin levels less than 50 micrograms per liter, which is at the low end of normal. Half of the study group took 80 milligrams of iron daily while the rest took a placebo. After 12 weeks, patients on the iron pill reported an average 47.7 percent decrease in fatigue, while those on the placebo reported a 28.8 percent decrease. The study also found that iron supplements increased production of red blood cells. The study was published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

More at The New York Times | Posted 5 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Exercise Suggested for Chronic Fatigue

Tags: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Fatigue, Iron Supplements

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Greatest Tribute Ever Planted

4 Farmer's Oak Trees Form Secret Love Note

Winston Howes, a British farmer, planted a secret 6,000-tree tribute heart to his wife Janet who died in 1995. The oak trees form a heart-shaped cutout in the middle, but no trees were cleared. Howes simply planted the trees to form the heart shape that can be seen from the sky above the six-acre field. The secret heart pattern was discovered by balloonist Andy Collet, who took photos of the memorial. The heart clearing points in the direction of Janet's hometown, reports Grist magazine online. Writer Jess Zimmerman declares, "If that's not the sweetest damn tribute you ever saw, then screw you."

More at Grist | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Love Is Addictive

Tags: Secret Love Note, UK Farmers, Winston Howes, Trees Form Heart Shape, Tributes Dead Spouses, Amazing Love Notes, Balloonist Andy Collett

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Farmers Need Emergency Loans

5 Worst Drought Since '56 May Hurt Food Prices

The U.S. hasn't seen a drought this bad since 1956, and food prices may soar as a result of the weather conditions. A new report from the National Climatic Data Center reveals that around 55 percent of the contiguous U.S. had experienced moderate to extreme drought at the end of June. Bloomberg News cautions that food prices may reach record levels as a result of the weather conditions. Currently, there's no relief in sight as hot weather is expected to continue. NPR reports that the USDA has designated 1,016 counties in 26 states as natural disaster areas, clearing the way for farmers to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Drought 2012, Worst Drought Since 1956, Food Prices Affected Drought, National Climatic Data Center, Extreme Drought

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Are Soup Cans Next?

6 BPA Officially Banned in Bottles, Sippy Cups

The FDA announced today that they're banning bisphenol-A, BPA, from use in baby bottles and sippy cups. Manufacturers had already discontinued using the chemical in bottles and sippy cups, but it's now illegal for them to use it. MSNBC reports that legislation introduced in Congress may ban BPA in all water bottles, canned food and any other food container, but the makers of BPA insist that the chemical used for hardening plastic is safe for food and drink containers. The government is currently funding studies to examine the health effects of the chemical on humans. Studies involving rodents have shown that BPA can interfere with the reproductive and nervous systems in babies and young children.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Campbell's Soup to Stop Using BPA in Liners

Tags: Bisphenol a, BPA Banned in Baby Bottles, BPA Sippy Cups, BPA Harmful Health, Health Effects BPA

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