Health Updates 20 May 2011

  • Doctors say Viagra could make you deaf: “It seems 47 suspected cases of rapid hearing loss have been linked to Viaga, as well as similar drugs like Cialis and Levitra” according to reports.  A new  study, published in the journal The Laryngoscope, experts see the problem as serious enough to warrant warnings by doctors.  The report concludes that “there is increasing evidence that PDE-5 inhibitors may induce sensorineural hearing loss via plausible physiological mechanisms.  There needs to be more awareness of this disabling side effect among healthcare professionals responsible for prescribing this drug”.  The average age of those affected was 57.  The drug manufacturers disagree with the findings. (Huffington Post)
  • Two drugs no better than one for depression: “Combining two antidepressants for patients with chronic or recurrent major depression does not produce better outcomes than monotherapy, researchers said.  In a large trial sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), patients who received either of two dual-drug combinations were no more likely to achieve responses or remissions at 12 or 28 weeks than those treated with a single agent, said Madhukar Trivedi, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas…In the current trial, Tridedi said, the only difference for patients with combination therapy was to ‘increase the burden of side effects’.” (John Gever, MedPage Today)
  • Research suggests weight gain is contagious: “…a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that obesity spreads socially not because friends have shared ideas about acceptable body size, but rather because they share environments and carry out activities together that may contribute to weight gain…shared social behaviors, such as eating out at restaurants, and shared surroundings, likely play a bigger role in obesity ‘friend effect’ than do shared social norms”. (Joanna Dolgoff, MD, Huffington Press)
  • New ruling requiring health insurers to justify premium increases 10% or more: “Federal officials, pointing out that the average cost of health insurance has more than doubled over the last decade, said the effort would help states curb unreasonable rate proposals for millions of individual insurance buyers and small businesses.  The new rule will allow regulators to review rate hikes but does not give them authority to reject those found to be unreasonable.  It also requires insurers to explain the reasons for increases of 10% or more to the public and to post the justifications on the Internet” (LA Times)

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