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FDA warns of severe joint pain with certain diabetes drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A class of Type 2 diabetes drugs called DPP-4 inhibitors may cause severe and disabling joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The FDA warned that sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin and alogliptin were linked to 33 cases of severe joint pain from October 2006, […]

August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rock-climbing science teacher offers lesson in sharing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The list describing Anthony DiLemme is long but life-changing. He’s a 32-year-old New Jersey-to-Southern California transplant, a rock climber, a cyclist, a blogger, an avid volunteer and an enthusiastic high school science teacher.

He also is a two-time veteran of open heart valve replacement surgery.

Surgery was […]

NBA star Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis is cooking up a healthy lifestyle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Growing up in Louisiana, NBA star Glen “Big Baby” Davis developed a taste for his favorite meals of fried food, starches, no vegetables and powdered grape drinks.

But a series of events in his 20s shook Davis into overhauling his diet: the deaths of his father […]

August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

FDA issues warnings to ‘natural’ tobacco makers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters Thursday to tobacco makers ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. for labels claiming their cigarettes are “additive-free” or “natural.”

The manufacturers must receive FDA approval to legally sell […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

CDC: More fruits, less sodium in school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The amount of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables offered in school meals is up and sodium is down, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

“Schools play a critical role in demonstrating and reinforcing healthy eating behaviors by making […]

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Small stores that accept food stamps lack healthy options

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Convenience stores participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fail to offer enough nutritious foods, according to a Minnesota study published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease.

SNAP is a government program that helps millions of low-income families purchase healthy foods. Previous research shows that single […]

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Family health challenge nears start

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many families want to join the health-conscious movement, but getting everyone involved can be a challenge. Families have busy schedules, and the thought of changing the day-to-day routine or factoring in the potential expense can be enough to make even the most motivated health-seeker […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Survivor copes with aftermath of massive heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gabby McManus awoke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders.

It was much worse than symptoms she’d experienced the previous few weeks – occasional shortness of breath and mild heartburn, for which she […]

CDC: Childhood obesity higher in U.S. than Canada

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More American children are obese than Canadian children, according to a report released Tuesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The prevalence of childhood obesity is 17.5 percent in the U.S. compared with 13 percent in Canada, the report said. Although the countries had […]

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Powerful cholesterol drug awaits FDA’s decision

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A second in a new class of drugs that sharply lowers cholesterol is set for federal approval by Thursday – a “game-changer” for the hardest-to-treat patients who are in danger of heart attacks and strokes.

For people with familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, a genetic condition that […]

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