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Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – High blood pressure and weakened bones are two big health issues for seniors. Now, new data suggests that one class of drugs might help protect against both. The study of thousands of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare patients found that anti-hypertension meds called thiazide diuretics also seemed to lower odds of a patient suffering a hip or pelvic fracture, compared with people on other high blood pressure medications. The finding made sense to one endocrinologist. "It is well known that thiazide therapy can lower calcium excretion into the urine by as much as 50 percent," said Dr. Caroline Messer, who reviewed the new findings. "This tendency towards a positive calcium balance in the body may [slow] bone loss and reduce fracture risk," explained Messer. She directs the Center for Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. ... Read more

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Water: Can It Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 – Dehydration is a familiar foe for endurance athletes, and one that will be on the minds of every participant in Sunday's New York City Marathon. But did you know that drinking too much water can be potentially fatal, particularly if not treated properly? And you don't have to be an elite athlete like a marathoner to fall victim to what doctors call water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when a person has consumed so much water that the salt levels in the blood become diluted, said Dr. Aaron Baggish, co-medical director of the Boston Marathon. "When sodium [salt] concentrations are low in the blood, it actually allows water to leak out of the blood into the other tissues," a condition known as hyponatremia, added Baggish, who's also associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center. The brain ... Read more

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Americans Getting Adequate Water Daily, CDC Finds

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Americans' worries about not being properly hydrated may be unfounded: A new government report finds most are getting enough water each day. The data, from the U.S. National Health Nutrition Examination Survey for 2009 to 2012, found that adult men take in 117 ounces of water daily, on average – more than 14 cups. For women, the number is 93 ounces, or almost 12 cups daily. The study was conducted by Asher Rosinger and Kirsten Herrick, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They noted that in 2004, the Institute of Medicine set "adequate" daily intake of water at 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women. The new data suggest that the average man approaches the needed level, and the average woman more than meets it. Of course, not all of that fluid comes in the form of plain water. Only about 30 percent of daily water intake for men in the ... Read more

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For 'Ironman' Athletes, Study Shows Danger of Too Much Water

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Long-distance triathletes who drink too much water during competition may end up with dangerously low blood sodium levels, new research warns. Researchers in Germany who tested nearly 1,100 competitors in the annual Ironman European Championships found more than 10 percent had developed this condition – called hyponatremia. In its most severe form, hyponatremia can be life-threatening, experts say. "Hyponatremia among athletes is not a new issue," said study co-author Dr. Stefan Braunecker, of the department of anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at University Hospital of Cologne. But the 2015 death of an athlete who developed hyponatremia during an Ironman competition underscores the "still urgent importance of the topic," he added. The condition occurs in a "considerable percentage" of long-distance triathletes, Braunecker and his colleagues said in ... Read more

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Endurance Athletes Should Only Drink When Thirsty, Experts Say

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – Endurance athletes or those who are very physically active should drink plenty of water – but only when they feel thirsty, new expert recommendations say. Athletes should listen to their body and drink water as needed to prevent a potentially deadly condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) or "water intoxication." The new guidelines were developed at the International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., and published June 29 in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Overdrinking, particularly when exercising or playing sports in the heat, can increase the risk of seriously low levels of sodium in the blood. Excessive intake of water, sports drinks or other fluids can exceed the body's ability to get rid of fluids in sweat or urine. When the body can't remove excess fluids, those fluids dilute ... Read more

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Water: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Deadly for Athletes

Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 – The recent deaths of two high school football players highlight the danger faced by athletes if they drink too much water or too many sports drinks, a new study says. The players died of exercise-associated hyponatremia, which occurs when athletes drink lots of fluids even when they're not thirsty. Too much fluid intake causes cells to swell with water, resulting in muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness and even death. A high school football player in Georgia reportedly drank 2 gallons of water and 2 gallons of sports drink during practice. He later collapsed at home and died in hospital. Another high school football player – this time from Mississippi – developed hyponatremia during a game and died after being taken to hospital, according to the study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The researchers also ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Samsca (tolvaptan): Drug Warning - Potential Risk of Liver Injury

Posted 29 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Otsuka and FDA notified healthcare professionals of significant liver injury associated with the use of Samsca. In a double-blind, 3-year, placebo-controlled trial in about 1400 patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) and its open-label extension trial, 3 patients treated with the drug developed significant increases in serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) with concomitant, clinically significant increases in serum total bilirubin. In the trials the maximum daily dose of Samsca administered (90 mg in the morning and 30 mg in the afternoon) was higher than the maximum 60 mg daily dose approved for the treatment of hyponatremia. Most of the liver enzyme abnormalities were observed during the first 18 months of therapy. Following discontinuation of treatment, all 3 patients improved. An external panel of liver experts assessed these 3 cases as being either ... Read more

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Electrolyte Problem Raises Post-Op Death Risk: Study

Posted 10 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 10 – An electrolyte disorder increases the risk of complications and death within 30 days after surgery, a large new study finds. The study, which used information from a U.S. surgery database, was published online Sept. 10 in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. Patients with the disorder, called preoperative hyponatremia, have low sodium levels in the blood. Previous research has linked hyponatremia with increased complications and death in a number of medical conditions, but its association with outcomes during and after surgery has been uncertain, according to a journal news release. This study looked at more than 964,000 patients who had major surgery at more than 200 U.S. hospitals from 2005 to 2010. The researchers found that about 7.8 percent of the patients had preoperative hyponatremia and that these patients were 44 percent more likely to die within 30 ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between Low Salt Levels, Fracture Risk in Older Adults

Posted 22 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 20 – New research links lower-than-normal levels of sodium (salt) in the blood to a higher risk of broken bones and falls in older adults. Even mildly decreased levels of sodium can cause problems, the researchers contend. "Screening for a low sodium concentration in the blood, and treating it when present, may be a new strategy to prevent fractures," study co-author Dr. Ewout J. Hoorn, of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. There's still a mystery: There doesn't appear to be a link between osteoporosis and low sodium levels, known as hyponatremia, so it's not clear why lower sodium levels may lead to more fractures and falls, the study authors said. The researchers examined the medical records for six years of more than 5,200 Dutch people over the age of 55. The study authors wanted to ... Read more

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