Womans Health

FDA suggests reduced dose for Zolpidem Sleeping Medications

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concern for consumers who take certain medications containing zolpidem to treat insomnia. The medication could cause the user to be less capable at completing activities that require full attention, such as driving a vehicle.

Because of this concern, the FDA has notified the manufacturers of the sleep drugs containing zolpidem to lower the recommended dose. Zolpidem is marketed as a generic or under the brand names of Ambien (oral tablet), Edluar (tablet placed under the tongue), and Zolpimist (oral spray). Additionally, the FDA is currently trying to determine the risk of next-morning impairment in other sleep drugs and OTC products.

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.

Women who Smoke were at a higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

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(Best Syndication News) - Women who smoke moderately are at a significantly higher risk than non-smokers to succumb to sudden cardiac death, according to a new study. The researchers reported their findings in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology.

The risk factor for sudden cardiac death may even be higher in women who have smoked for a long time. However, over time, the risk factor could be reduced or eliminated by quitting the habit.

The study’s lead author, Roopinder K. Sandhu, M.D., M.P.H., a cardiac electrophysiologist at the University of Alberta's Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, said that previous research has identified the risk for sudden cardiac death. In this new research, they wanted to determine the risk factor based on the quantity and duration of smoking. Sandhu and colleagues wanted to compare the risk factor to healthy women.

Menopause combined with obesity and overeating encourages Breast Cancer Tumor Growth

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(Best Syndication News) - Using a rat model, researchers investigated breast tumor growth associated with menopause, obesity and overeating. The rat model demonstrated the potential increased risk for breast-cancer tumor growth and progression with post-menopausal women who are obese and overeat. The results were published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal, Cancer Research.

Paul S. MacLean, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colorado explained that obese post-menopausal women are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer and for having less desirable clinical outcomes.

Steriod Injection for Back Pain associated with Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital found that postmenopausal women who received epidural steroid injections to ease back pain had six-times the loss of bone density than what is usual after six months. The study results were published in the December 1 edition of the journal Spine.

The study’s lead author, Shlomo Mandel, M.D., a Henry Ford orthopedic physician, said that physicians should be careful when prescribing epidural steroid injections for patients that are at risk for bone loss. He suggests that physicians should consider prescribing calcium and vitamin D supplements and exercise to the patient as part of treatment regimen.

The researchers wanted to see if the steroid injections used to treat lumbar stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, would increase the risk for postmenopausal bone loss in women.

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