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FDA OKs New Drug for Diabetes-Linked Eye Condition
FDA OKs New Drug for Diabetes-Linked Eye Condition
March 26, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Eylea, an injected drug, to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. A third of those over 40 with diabetes have some form of the eye condition, according to 2008 data, the CDC said.

Overall, more than 29 million people in the United States have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and diabetes remains the leading cause of new blindness among people aged 20 to 74, the CDC noted.

In some people who have diabetic retinopathy with macular edema, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. If those new blood vessels break, severe vision loss or blindness can occur.

"The major cause of vision loss occurs when abnormal blood vessels leak, causing retinal swelling also known as macular edema," explained one expert, Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Today's approval [of Eylea] gives patients with diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema another therapy to treat this vision-impairing complication," Dr. Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release.

Eylea is given by a doctor as an injection into the eye once a month for the first five injections, and then once every two months. It is meant to be used along with measures to control a patients' blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the FDA said.

The approval is based on the findings from two clinical trials that included a total of 679 diabetic retinopathy patients with diabetic macular edema. They were randomly assigned to receive Eylea or macular laser photocoagulation, a laser treatment that burns small areas of the retina.

After 100 weeks, patients taking Eylea had significant improvement in the severity of their diabetic retinopathy, compared with those who did not receive the drug, the FDA said.

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More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span
More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span
March 26, 2015

In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them.

Even the obese and sedentary appear to gain a benefit, the researchers added.

People should "eat more whole grains and reduce intake of refined carbohydrates," said study co-author Dr. Lu Qi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Qi added that eating more grains may even help people lose weight: "There is no evidence that [a diet rich in] whole grain increases calorie intake, and it may lower it," he said.

The finding does have limitations -- almost all participants were white, for example -- and it doesn't directly prove that eating lots of whole grains caused people to live longer.

In the study, researchers looked at whole fiber -- the whole seed of grain that's used in grain products like bread and cereal.

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Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults
Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults
March 19, 2015

Breast-fed babies may be smarter, better educated and richer as adults, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests.

"Breast-feeding is associated with improved performance in intelligence tests at age 30 and also has an important effect on a societal level by increasing educational attainment and income in adulthood," said lead researcher Dr. Bernardo Horta, of the Federal University of Pelotas.

"Taking into consideration these long-term benefits of breast-feeding as well as its short-term consequences, it is important to get more women to breast-feed their infants," he added.

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Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?
Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?
March 19, 2015

Loneliness has long been associated with poor mental health, including depression. But a new study suggests social isolation may harm physical health, too, and even hasten death.

The findings are based on a review of data from dozens of studies involving more than 3 million people.

"People don't commonly think of social factors when they think of health," said study co-author Timothy B. Smith, a professor in the department of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "We think of things like exercise, blood pressure and taking cholesterol medication. But it turns out that social isolation is actually more predictive of death than any of those three things."

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Vegetables and fish key to lowering colon cancer risk
Vegetables and fish key to lowering colon cancer risk
March 12, 2015

Want to escape the second leading cause of cancer-related death, colorectal cancer? Start eating more vegetables. Better yet, supplement a healthy vegetarian diet with fish.

A new study looked at the diet and health results of some 77,000 Americans and found those who stuck to a vegetarian diet had a 22 percent lower chance of developing colon and rectal cancers. Those who ate vegetables and fish had their colorectal cancer risk diminished by 43 percent.

"Our vegetarians not only ate less meat than the non-vegetarians, but also less sweets, snack foods, refined grains and caloric beverages," Michael Orlich, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Loma Linda University in California, told HealthDay.

All of the participants in the study were Seventh Day Adventists, a Protestant Christian denomination with which Loma Linda is associated. The religion promotes a very healthy lifestyle and diet, and it has consistently produced some of the longest-living Americans.

"There's a history going back to the 1950s of studies on Seventh-day Adventists, and most have found that they're healthy, long-lived populations, so it's interesting to probe and see why," Orlich told the Wall Street Journal.

As to the nutritional mechanism at work, researchers can't say anything definitive. Dietary studies, such as this one, can do their best to tease out correlations, but they can't isolate cause and effect.

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Powdered alcohol gets federal agency's approval
Powdered alcohol gets federal agency's approval
March 12, 2015

A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator.

The product, called Palcohol, had received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error.

On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue told The Associated Press the issues were resolved and that four varieties of Palcohol were approved. But Hogue noted that states can also regulate alcohol sales in their borders.

The approval is a step forward for a small company whose product plans have already sparked controversy.

Several states have already moved to ban powdered alcohol, including lawmakers in Colorado who last month advanced legislation to temporarily halt its sale. That bill has since morphed to ensure the regulation of powdered alcohol as if it were liquid alcohol once it gets federal approval.

Concerns have included abuse by minors, the potential to snort the powder and whether Palcohol's light weight would make it easy to sneak alcohol into public events or spike drinks.

Palcohol would come in a pouch, with water being added to the powder inside for the equivalent of an alcoholic drink.

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Peanut Eaters May Live Longer
Peanut Eaters May Live Longer
March 5, 2015

Peanuts may not only be a tasty snack but they may also help people live longer, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that the people in the study who ate the most peanuts and tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds) every day had a lower risk of dying over a five- or six-year period than the people who ate the least peanuts and tree nuts, or none of them.

Consuming nuts and peanuts was linked with fewer overall deaths as well as fewer deaths from heart-related problems, according to the study published online today (March 2) in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

"We showed that peanuts have similar cardiovascular benefits to tree nuts," said study researcher Dr. Xiao-Ou Shu, a professor of medicine in the division of epidemiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

"If people are not allergic to them, they should consider eating more peanuts for their heart-health benefits because they are cheaper and more affordable than other nuts," Shu said.

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FDA Orders Label Warning for Testosterone Gels
FDA Orders Label Warning for Testosterone Gels
March 5, 2015

Children can experience troubling health effects if they come into contact with topical testosterone gels used by some American men, and the United States Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that two of these preparations would now carry boxed warnings to highlight the risk.

Accidental pediatric exposures to the gels can occur when the "consumer forgets to wash their hands or forgets to cover a treated area, and then has close contact with the child, or may have not waited for their skin to dry and then picks up a child," Dr. Dianne Murphy, the FDA's director of the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics within the Office of the Commissioner, said during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

Over time, these exposures can lead to premature and/or abnormal development of male characteristics in both boys and girls, the FDA said.

The two affected prescription medications are AndroGel 1%, made by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and Testim 1%, made by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. These are currently the only topical gel drugs approved by the FDA to address an insufficient or total lack of testosterone production among men.

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