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Soon, Anti-Diabetes Drugs to Replace Painful Insulin Jabs

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition wherein the body is either unable to produce insulin on its own or is not able to use it properly. Patients with Type 1 diabetes are required to take insulin injections to keep their blood sugar in control. Insulin jabs are usually required to be taken several times in a day and in some cases more than one type of insulin may be used. A new discovery claims that diabetics will no longer have to go through painful insulin injections as new anti-diabetes drugs will…

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Top Health Stories at 3pm, Feb 7: Weight Gain and Cancer, Green Tea, Obesity in Couples and Back Pain Drugs

Prevent gaining weight to avoid diabetes With a fall in the rate of obesity, the likelihood of getting susceptible to diabetes will also fall considerably. Experts at the University of Cambridge in England recently found that those who gained weight but managed to maintain it were at a lesser risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who kept gaining. Read more Green tea may help people suffering from bone-marrow disorders A compound found in green tea, called epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG), may benefit people suffering from bone marrow disorders like multiple…

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Cocktail of diabetes and hypertension drugs kills cancer cells

A combination of drugs for diabetes and hypertension may offer an effective new way to combat cancer, suggests a new research. In their experiments, the researchers found that the combination of the diabetes drug metformin and the antihypertensive drug syrosingopine drives cancer cells to programmed “suicide”. “We have been able to show that the two known drugs lead to more profound effects on cancer cell proliferation than each drug alone,” said study first author Don Benjamin from the University of Basel in Switzerland. “The data from this study support the…

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Certain high BP drugs cut spread of cancer in body

A team of researchers has found that drugs used to treat high blood pressure can block the spread of cancer. The findings were published in journal of Nature Communications. Calcium channel blockers are currently used to treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, but their potential use in blocking cancer cell metastases has not been previously reported. By screening already approved drugs, the team led by Postdoctoral Researcher Guillaume Jacquemet and Academy Professor Johanna Ivaska from University of Turku in Finland discovered that calcium channel blockers can efficiently stop…

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Epilepsy drugs may increase birth defect risk

Exposure to certain anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy may put women at higher risk of having a child with a malformation, or birth defect, says a study. The study based on systematic review of 50 published studies found that exposure in the womb to the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate was associated with a 10 per cent chance of the child having a significant birth defect and this rose as the dose of the drug increased. The types of birth defect that were increased were skeletal and limb defects, cardiac defects,…

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Pain drugs in pregnancy tied to behavior issues in kids

When the kids were 5 years old, more than 80 percent of the women and their partners used acetaminophen. Women who take the common pain reliever acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with behavior problems than those who don’t use the drug, a British study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from about 7,800 mothers and found more than half of them took acetaminophen at some point during pregnancy. Overall, about 5 percent of their children had behavior problems by age 7. The odds of hyperactivity, conduct…

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