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FDA announces New Safety Concerns for Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Cholesterol lowering medications prescribed by doctors have new important safety information announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These include not needing to do routine blood tests for liver enzymes, memory loss problems, increased diabetes risk, and muscle damage risk.

The FDA is advising health care professionals that routine blood tests for liver enzymes are no longer necessary because they did not prove to be helpful in preventing rare cases of serious liver injury that can happen when taking statins.

Memory loss, forgetting, and being confused have been reported as a side effect from some people taking statin medications. The memory loss was described as being “fuzzy.” The FDA said that the memory loss was reversible once the person stopped taking the medication.

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FDA releases Test Results of Lead Levels in 400 Lipsticks

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(Best Syndication News) - Four hundred lipsticks were tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and all contained trace levels of lead; however, the government agency considers it safe because it is not consumed. The testing results showed as low as 0.026 ppm, while other lipsticks tested much higher at 7.19 ppm.

The highest level was found in L’Oreal’s Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Petal color lipstick with the 7.19 ppm. Another L’Oreal Colour Riche Volcanic color lipstick tested at 7 ppm. Then NARS Semi Matte Red Lizard lipstick test in at the third highest level at 4.93 ppm. The Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color Ruby Remix tested at 4.92 ppm.

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Breast Cancer Cells Transformed into Stem Cells via Radiation Treatments

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(Best Syndication News) Researchers say that radiation treatments can turn cancer tumor cells into “treatment resistant breast cancer stem cells.”

Researchers from the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, say that if they can stop the transformation of these cancer cells into stem cells, radiation treatments could be even more effective.

Although half of the tumor cells are killed-off during radiation treatments, some that remain morph into these stem cells that are resistant to the treatments, according to Dr Frank Pajonk, who is also a scientist with the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine at UCLA.

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Women with Osteoporosis Wrist Fractures had Vitamin D Deficiency

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(Best Syndication News) - Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis related wrist fractures had a vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency 44 percent of the time. This was according to a new study that was presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Wrist fractures, also known as distal radius fractures (DRF), are one of the most frequent types of fractures suffered with osteoporosis patients. These fractures often show up 15 years prior to hip fractures.

The researchers wanted to investigate vitamin D deficiency in postmenopausal women that have had DRF to see if there was a relationship.

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Pfizer recalls 14 lots of Birth Control Pills

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administartion (FDA), along with Pfizer Inc., announced the voluntary recall of 14 lots of Lo/Ovral - 28 and Norgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol pills because the sequence could be wrong, and therefore may not protect against pregnancy.

Women who may have the recalled oral contraceptive pills should return them to the pharmacist and contact their doctor. The FDA suggests that in the meantime to use an alternative non-hormonal birth control method to prevent pregnancy.

The lot numbers, expirations dates, and product NDC numbers are listed on the FDA website.

The expiration dates range between 07/31/2013 and 03/31/2014 and were sold in 6 Pillpacks of 28 count each. The NDC code for the Norgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol 28-count pills is 24090-961-84. The NDC code for the Lo / Ovral 28 count birth control pills is 24090-801-84.

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