The Health News USA July 13 2017

Overview

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell. It’s an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly carry oxygen throughout the body, which can cause severe pain and organ damage.
  • People who drink just one can of a diet soft drink daily risk tripling their chance of suffering from a stroke or dementia, according to a study. The study is the first to report an association between daily intake of artificially sweetened soft drink and increased risk of both all-cause dementia and dementia because of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • American actor Nelsan Ellis who starred in the hit HBO series ‘’True Blood’’ has died of heart failure at the age of 39. Heart failure is a condition means the heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s normal demands.

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http:www.cbsnews.comnewssickle-cell-drug-endari-fda-approved-new-treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly twenty years for Sickle Cell  an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly carry oxygen throughout the body which can cause severe pain and organ damage.

About one hundred thousand people in the U.S. have the disorder  and about two hundred seventy five thousand babies are born with it each year worldwide.  The disease mainly affects African-Americans, Latinos and other minority groups.  In a study, the new drug Endari was tested in patients ages five to fifty eight years old with sickle cell disease who had two or more painful crises within the past twelve months.  The participants were randomly given treatment with Endari or a placebo and evaluated over the course of forty eight months.

The results showed that Endari cut the number of pain crises and dangerous chest complications  and reduced hospitalizations and the need for transfusions.  According to Doctor Richard Pazdur,  acting director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation,  Endari is the first treatment approved for patients with sickle cell disease in almost twenty years.

The FDA says common side effects of Endari include constipation, nausea, headache, abdominal pain, cough, pain in the extremities, back pain and chest pain.  It is made by a California company, Emmaus Medical Incorporated  and approved for adults and children five and older.

http:www.newsweek.comdiet-soft-drinks-triple-risk-dementia-study-587454

People who drink just one can of a diet soft drink daily risk tripling their chance of suffering from a stroke or dementia,   according to a study.  Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine looked at data from about four thousand four hundred people from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts.  The number of sugary beverages and artificially sweetened soft drinks that the subjects consumed was monitored between nineteen ninety one and two thousand and one.  Then from two thousand and one to two thousand and eleven, the people who drank one artificially sweetened drink per day in that period were found to be almost three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke or be diagnosed with dementia,  compared to those who never drank such beverages.  

The study is the first to report an association between daily intake of artificially sweetened soft drink  and increased risk of both all-cause dementia and dementia because of Alzheimer’s disease.  The study was unable to determine a cause-and-effect relationship between diet soda drinks and the health risks,  meaning more research is needed to find out whether they are actually a direct result of artificially sweetened drinks.  Doctor James Pickett, head of research at Alzheimer’s Society said that this research does not show that artificially sweetened drinks cause dementia.  But it does highlight a worrying association that requires further investigation and that research into dietary factors is very complex and there are a number of issues that need clarifying,  for example, why drinks sweetened with sugar were not associated with an increased risk in this study,  and teasing out links between all types of sugary drinks, diabetes and dementia.  

https:www.livescience.com59742-nelsan-ellis-heart-failure.html

Actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred on the HBO show “True Blood,” has died of heart failure at the age of thirty nine.  But what causes this condition?

On July eighth, Ellis’ manager, Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor had died “after complications with heart failure.”  

On Monday (July ten) the news site TMZ reported that Ellis’ heart failure was triggered by alcohol withdrawal complications when the actor attempted to quit drinking.  Here’s a look at what can cause heart failure.

Heart failure means the heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s normal demands, according to the National Institutes of Health.  This can happen when the heart either doesn’t fill up with enough blood, or doesn’t pump blood with enough force to the rest of the body.

Heart failure can develop as the result of other conditions that damage or overwork the heart muscle, causing it to weaken, according to the NIH.  Saines did not specify the reason for the actor’s heart failure but a number of conditions can lead to heart failure,  including the following:

Coronary heart disease: This is a condition that occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart.  It is the most common cause of heart failure according to the Mayo Clinic.  Coronary heart disease can increase the risk of a heart attack in which a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart.  In a statement about Ellis’ death, HBO representatives said, “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis.  Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of the character Lafayette Reynolds will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood.  Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

 

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