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The foundation of a long, happy life is knowing how to take care of your health. You only get one body. You can take care of it by learning how your body grows, what diseases or conditions to look out for and how to avoid risky products. Men’s bodies are different from women’s. All of our bodies change from childhood, through adulthood and into old age. Learn about each stage of life, and become a well-informed health consumer to improve your quality of life.
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for making sure dangerous drugs and medical devices stay off the market. However, it often relies on drug and device companies for funding and safety information.
Drugs and supplements may have dangerous side effects when they interact with other medications. Consumers need to be aware of the medications and supplements they take and the effects they may have when mixed.
Every year, nearly 5 million Americans end up in the emergency room or doctor's office as a result of drug side effects, some fatal. Before taking any medication, consumers should be aware of the risks and benefits.
People with type 2 diabetes often take several medications to control blood sugar. Unfortunately, some of these medications can lead to additional health concerns, including certain types of cancer.
Each year, about 70,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer in the United States, and about 15,000 die. Some bladder cancer cases are linked to prescription drugs like Actos, a type 2 diabetes medication.
Pancreatic cancer is a difficult cancer to treat because it is usually diagnosed too late. Studies show type 2 diabetes medications like Januvia and Byetta can cause cancerous cells to form in the pancreas.
The thyroid gland controls metabolism and sensitivity to temperature by excreting hormones. Some medications like Byetta can cause problems that may lead to thyroid complications, including cancer.
About 715,000 heart attacks occur each year in the United States. While a number of factors such as smoking, obesity and inactivity increase the risk of heart attack, certain medications like Pradaxa also increase the risk.
Mesothelioma is one of the world’s rarest cancers, but it also has another distinction. It is entirely preventable. Asbestos exposure causes this disease, and people who get it should examine their work history and ask questions about it.