ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
CANCER
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
EYE CARE, VISION
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Multivitamins Might Prolong Life
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Drink Away Dementia?
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Add your Article

Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk

TUESDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- A class of diabetes drugs called glitazones are associated with an increased risk of a vision-threatening complication called diabetic macular edema (DME), which features swelling and fluid accumulation in the retina.

Glitazones are a newer class of diabetes drugs that includes medicines such as pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia).

The U.S. study of 996 DME patients found that those who took glitazones were 2.6 times more likely to develop DME than those who didn't take the drugs. Even after adjusting for other factors, the risk of DME remained 60 percent higher for patients who took glitazones, said the researchers at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

The study, published in the April issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, isn't the first to suggest a link between glitazones and DME. But it does confirm that the drugs are "modestly associated" with increased risk of DME, which is a common complication of diabetes.

"When treating patients with DME, ophthalmologists should consider the role of the glitazone class of drugs," the study authors concluded.

"Ocular (eye) complications are an overlooked safety issue of systemic drugs," noted Dr. Thomas J. Liesegang, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

"Safety is as important as the efficacy of a drug. However, long-term safety is not currently monitored, because the approval process is based on smaller, shorter-term clinical trials. Safety necessarily requires monitoring of treatment in larger groups of people over longer periods of time. This monitoring is often neglected and should be required of all therapies," Liesegang said.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more about diabetes-related eye complications.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Elsevier, news release, April 2, 2009

Last Updated: April 07, 2009

Copyright 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

More articles at www.eholistic.com