March 27, 2000 |
Rezulin - a popular diabetes drug - is gone, but patients still enjoy more drug choices to control high blood sugar levels than ever before. Rezulin has two drug cousins - Avandia and Actos - that have been available less than a year, but are considered safer. They work in a similar way to help the body utilize insulin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration pulled Rezulin from the market last week after federal regulators found it posed serious health risks. The drug had been linked to 89 confirmed reports of liver failures, including 61 deaths.
June 13, 1996 |
A low-fat vegetarian diet can dramatically improve the health of diabetics, and some patients can even be taken off medications, preliminary results from a new study indicate. "Just as a poor lifestyle followed over years can lead to the development of diabetes, an improvement in that lifestyle is precisely what can lead to dramatic improvement, and perhaps even cure," said Andrew Nicholson, who devised the study. The study challenges current techniques for managing diabetes, which usually aim for a diet in which 25 percent to 30 percent of calories come from fat. The vegetarian diet's fat level is about 10 percent.
July 2, 1992 |
The American Heart Association yesterday classified physical inactivity as a major risk factor for heart disease. It was the first time the association had declared that a sedentary lifestyle is every bit as bad for your heart as smoking, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Previously, the Heart Association had recognized that lack of exercise played some role in the development of coronary artery disease, but it was not given the same weight as the three other factors.
May 10, 1987 |
The complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber pregame meal recommended for today's competitive athletes is not a new concept. For years, diabetics have adopted the same diet to help regulate their blood-sugar levels. Exercise and nutrition are valuable preventive measures for any health-conscious individual, but for diabetics, they serve a truly medicinal purpose. There is no doubt that aerobic activity and a balanced diet are important for diabetics, especially diabetic athletes. Diabetes (specifically, diabetes mellitus)
May 21, 2001 |
Last week, the government issued a long-awaited update in recommendations for management of cholesterol. For many people, they will be a tough pill to swallow - literally. The National Cholesterol Education Program's new guidelines suggest that a fifth of Americans should consider taking powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs. And a huge chunk of the population should be getting serious - really serious - about diet, exercise and weight loss. Doctors need to discuss these issues with every patient.
July 25, 1999 |
Ten years ago, when troubled Philadelphia drug company SmithKline Beckman Corp. merged with Britain's Beecham Group, skeptics predicted a rough road ahead. When it came to these two companies, they said, bigger was not necessarily better. Today, SmithKline Beecham is one of the world's largest and most successful pharmaceutical companies. Its annual revenues have grown from $6.7 billion in 1989 to $13.4 billion last year. Its stock value has increased 600 percent. So it would be only fair if tomorrow, the company's 10th anniversary, Jean-Pierre Garnier wanted to say "I told you so. " But he puts it more politely.
February 1, 1996 |
Obesity researcher Jose F. Caro has just deflated much of the hope and hype behind leptin - the appetite-suppressing substance discovered last year that miraculously melted away excess fat in obese laboratory mice. Alas, mice are not men. People and mice both produce the hormone leptin, but obese mice have a shortage of the stuff, while overweight people have a surplus - their blood carries an average of four times the amount of leptin found in thin people, according to a study by Caro and Robert Considine, both of Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College.
May 16, 2013
STAR JONES is a lawyer, author and celebrated TV personality who is perhaps best known for her larger-than-life personality and "tell it like it is" candidness. She once tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds, underwent gastric-bypass surgery 10 years ago and has maintained her weight loss. But in 2010, at age 47, she faced her biggest health crisis so far when she was diagnosed with heart disease and had open-heart surgery to repair her aortic valve. Now a proud spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, Star was in Philly recently as the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Go Red For Women Luncheon.
January 9, 2000 |
Just because he is director of the University of Pennsylvania's Weight and Eating Disorder Clinic doesn't mean Bob Berkowitz is a culinary spoilsport. To prove it, he sat down to lunch at McDonald's - to talk about good nutrition, the clinic's child-obesity study, our food-obsessed culture, and his favorite dessert. He ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayonnaise, a garden salad and a diet Coke. We also get a double cheeseburger with bacon, large fries, Coke and apple pie - for comparison's sake.
July 9, 1998
The AIDS epidemic and the Supreme Court ruling James Hanak's decrying of the Supreme Court's extension of the Americans with Disabilities Act to those infected with HIV (Commentary, July 2) ignores the broader - and more laudable - aspects of the ruling. While the Bragdon case involved the trepidations of a cautious dentist, but for the court's ruling, there was no strong disincentive preventing that dentist - or any other doctor - from refusing to treat an infected patient. Had the court ruled otherwise, the effects could have been devastating in terms of human suffering.