May 14, 2012 |
Contrary to popular belief among physicians and patients, the family of hypertension drugs known as beta-blockers does not prevent development of colon and rectal cancer, German researchers reported Monday. In fact, long-term use of the drugs might even be associated with an increased risk of developing an advanced form of the disease, they said. Beta-blockers are a family of drugs that reduce blood pressure and improve heart function by reducing the body's response to stress hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine.
June 3, 2011 |
A type of blood pressure-lowering medication known as angiotensin receptor blockers won’t increase a patient’s risk for cancer, the Food and Drug Administration said this week. So those taking the drugs for high blood pressure can just…relax. Concern about the drugs' possible link to cancer risk arose last year after an analysis of several studies suggested that angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBs, might be associated with a slightly increased risk of cancer. But the FDA’s own research found no such connection, the agency said in an announcement Thursday: “This analysis included 31 trials and approximately 156,000 patients, far more than the approximately 62,000 in the published analysis.
April 20, 2011 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Americans consume a lot of prescription drugs. And they seem especially fond of those to lower their cholesterol, relieve their heartburn, cheer them up and take away pain. Overall, however, their rate of spending on such drugs is slowing, a trend of the past decade. A new report from consulting firm IMS Health offers a quick, but thorough, look at Americans' consumption of, and spending on, prescription drugs.
September 24, 2010
Stress is bad. Breast cancer is bad. Put them together and things get even worse. That's what UCLA researchers discovered as they watched breast cancer tumors spread through the bodies of mice. Those tumors spread faster inside the mice that were stressed -- because they had to spend part of each day confined to a small space -- than in the mice that were not. Stress did not appear to affect the original cancer. But once a malignancy was established, stress helped it to metastasize.
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March 25, 2010 |
Dr. James Black, a Scottish Nobel laureate who pioneered the rational design of drugs and, in the process, developed the first widely used drugs for treating heart disease and blocking stomach acid production, died Monday. He was 85. His death was confirmed by the University of Dundee, which did not release details about the cause or place of death. Black developed propanolol (brand-named Inderal), the first member of the class of drugs known as beta blockers, which revolutionized the care of heart disease.
November 15, 2004 |
Heart disease is the bane of diabetics. Fully 80% of diabetics die of cardiovascular disease, and efforts to lower the risk by reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and eliminating other risk factors have had minimal success. Only about 7% of diabetics are able to bring cardiac risk factors to desired levels. One big problem is that drugs that lower blood pressure can be counterproductive, exacerbating diabetes as they reduce hypertension.