ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
CANCER
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
Antioxidants Abound in Cereals, Popcorn, Whole-Grain Snacks
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
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
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
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
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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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

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