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Avandia Linked to Heart Problems

A new study of the diabetes drug Avandia clarifies its effect on the heart. The study, called RECORD, confirmed that this medicine doubles the likelihood of a patient developing heart failure. In this condition, the heart has great difficulty pumping adequate blood. RECORD also showed that Avandia boosts the risk of bone fractures. But people with type 2 diabetes are no more likely to die of heart attacks when taking Avandia than when taking older drugs such as metformin. A commentary published in the Lancet suggests that doctors should prescribe lower doses of Avandia to limit adverse reactions and still get some of the benefits.
[Lancet, online June 5, 2009]
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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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