FDA grants approval for Eliquis to prevent Strokes in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of Eliquis (apixaban) tablets for people who have atrial fibrillation that is not related to a heart-valve problem. The medication would be used as a way to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots from forming.

Atrial fibrillation causes the heart to beat irregularly and rapidly. The two upper chambers of the heart do not squeeze correctly to insure proper blood flow. This inadequate pumping can cause blood clots to form. The risk of a stroke occurs when the blood clot breaks free and prevents blood flow to parts of the brain. Additionally, the blood clot could break free and travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or legs.

How to Stop Panic Attacks

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(Best Syndication News) Panic attacks can come on suddenly and peak usually within ten minutes – but can last even longer. The Mayo Clinic reports that these attacks could be triggered by something that is not dangerous but can be frightening and cause the sufferer to think they are losing control or even having a heart attack.

Most people may suffer two panic attacks in their lifetime, but frequent attacks can affect the quality of life. Small stressful situations could cause recurrent and unexpected attacks.

The panic attacks can release a sudden wave of adrenalin. This can increase heart rate.

Juxtapid (lomitapide) gains FDA approval

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Juxtapid (lomitapide) to treat a rare homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) disorder. Juxtapid should lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, the total cholesterol, apolipoprotein B, and non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol. The drug should be prescribed in conjunction with a low fat diet and other lipid reduction treatments.

In the United States, around one in one million people have HoFH. People with the rare condition do not effectively remove “bad” LDL cholesterol from their body. This puts HoFH individuals at an increased risk for heart attacks and death, often before the age of 30.

Moms with Vitamin D deficiency had Lower Birth Weight Newborns

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(Best Syndication News) - Women who had deficient levels of vitamin D early on during their pregnancy were at an increased risk for having a baby with a lower birth weight. The study results will be reported in the January print edition and online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburg Graduate School Of Public Health. Lead author, Alison Gernand, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., post-doctoral associate in Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology, explained that being deficient in vitamin D during the first trimester put the fetus at twice the risk of restricted growth during the pregnancy.

Recall announced for Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Nasal Gel

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Matrixx Initiatives is recalling one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel. The company announced the recall after a single sample tested positive for Burkholderia cepacia during a routine check at their manufacturing location. Now other samples tested positive, however, out of extreme caution, a recall has been announced.

There is very little medical risk for Burkholderia cepacia. There is a potential to infect individuals that have a weakened immune system or a chronic lung condition. An infection of Burkholderia cepacia can be difficult to get rid of with antibiotics because it is resistant.

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