At approximately 8:30 this morning the drug manufacturer Merck and Company announced a voluntary international recall of its 2.5 billion dollar a year drug Vioxx due to confirmed cardiovascular side effects at the regular dose of 25mg. The deadly side effects were observed during a 3-year study assessing the ability of Vioxx to block the recurrence of polyps in the colon - growths that can transform into colon cancer. The study showed that Vioxx increased the risk of heart attack or stroke even at the standard 25mg dose.
Mercuric Chloride is an antiseptic applied worldwide to cuts because it is so toxic at such a low dose that it quickly kills all types of bacteria. In a study at the Osaka Dental University, in Osaka Japan, researchers wanted to assess the toxicity of mercury in various forms. The mercury used in dental fillings proved much more toxic that the mercury used as a disinfectant.
High cholesterol and obesity are coronary risk factors. This randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study was undertaken to investigate the long-term effectiveness and safety in obese patients with Type II Hypercholesterolemia. 129 patients were placed on step one cholesterol-lowering diet and were then randomized to either 5mg Policosanol (from sugar cane wax) or placebo taken once daily with the evening meal for 3 years.
Chromium (trivalent form) improves insulin sensitivity which modifies the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Toenail concentrations of a mineral give a longer time portrait of the body's mineral level than checking other tissues. In this study men with both cardiovascular disease and diabetes had lower toenail concentrations of chromium than healthy men.
In breast tissue 17 Beta-Estradiol is metabolized into estrogen metabolites known as catechol estrogens. These catechol estrogens generate free radicals that cause inflammation in the breast leading to cell damage. Catechol estrogens are toxic to breast cells and they are connected to the breast cancer process, and likely also to ovarian and uterine cancer.
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