New Warning on Statin Dose and Muscle Damage

New Warning on Statin Dose and Muscle Damage

The FDA has issued a new warning about the cholesterol drug simvastatin (Zocor). It recommends that doctors “sharply curtail” prescriptions of 80 mg simvastatin, given to an estimated 2.1 million Americans last year, due to the risk of muscle injury. It’s well established that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can cause myopathy, or muscle damage in up […]

New Antidepressant Warnings from FDA

New Antidepressant Warnings from FDA

The FDA has issued yet another warning about drug interactions with antidepressants that raise serotonin levels, and in particular the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants. (See list below) The new FDA warnings are about interactions with the antibacterial drug Zyvox (linezolid), one of the few antibiotics left that is still effective against infections such as MRSA […]

Progesterone inhibits tumor growth – new study

Progesterone inhibits tumor growth – new study

A new study from Emory University published in the journal Molecular Medicine shows that high doses of progesterone inhibited the growth of neuroblastoma tumors in mice without killing healthy cells. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from nerve tissue, and is the most common cancer in small children. The Emory researchers are investigating whether progesterone […]

Hospital dangers – the July Effect

Hospital dangers – the July Effect

Doctors at teaching hospitals have known for decades that July is not a good time to be hospitalized because that’s when the newbie “trainees” (e.g. doctors-and-nurses-in-training) arrive, wide-eyed, intense and sleep-deprived. Poor decisions and misdiagnoses abound. In the US it’s known as the “July Effect,” and in the UK it’s known as the “August Killing […]

Progesterone increases growth hormone while improving sleep

Progesterone increases growth hormone while improving sleep

An interesting little study from Belgium gives us more insight into the ways in which progesterone helps us sleep. It shows that women who took a 300 mg progesterone pill before bed got to sleep faster, stayed asleep better, had increased growth hormone and more stable thyroid levels. This result is in contrast to other […]

5 Ways Men can Reduce Estrogen Levels

5 Ways Men can Reduce Estrogen Levels

The FDA announced a label revision for the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (ARI) prostate and hair loss drugs, including finasteride (Proscar) and dusteride (Propecia). The revision follows the results of two large studies that looked at using these drugs for preventing prostate cancer. Both studies found that while the ARIs lowered the risk of low grade […]

Heel Cracks

Heel Cracks

One of the perks of summer is sandals, but unsightly dry and painful heel cracks, or heel fissures, cause many women to hide their feet even in balmy weather. Especially as we age, just applying body lotion to the heels and scrubbing with a pumice stone now and then may not be enough to prevent […]