- The MHRA says slimming pills bought online are “potentially dangerous” and can cause serious health problems. Side-effects can include heart problems, blurred vision and diarrhoea, and some contain banned ingredients. The MHRA said people should go to their GP for advice first. A survey of 1,800 slimmers found one in three had bought pills online, with two-thirds experiencing side-effects.
- Migraine sufferers have been offered new hope after trials showed a designer drug called Erenumab cuts the number of attacks in half. The once-a-month injection, which can be delivered at home, blocks brain molecules linked to migraine, and is the first new preventative therapy in twenty years. Around 8.5 million people in Britain suffer migraines, and there are 200,000 attacks every day in the UK.
- A charity has said that more than 1,000 people are now living with HIV in Northern Ireland. It also revealed that 94 new cases were diagnosed here last year. The statistics show that in 2016, 72 males and 22 females in Northern Ireland were told they had HIV.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 2nd of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.
The UK’s medicines watchdog says slimming pills bought online are “potentially dangerous” and can cause serious health problems. Side-effects can include heart problems, blurred vision and diarrhoea, and some contain banned ingredients. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said people should go to their general practitioner for advice first. A survey of one thousand eight hundred slimmers found one in three had bought pills online, with two-thirds experiencing side-effects. Most of those questioned by the MHRA and Slimming World had bought online because they had wanted to lose weight quickly. About forty percent said they had not wanted to speak to a general practitioner or pharmacist.
The MHRA said people should take medicines only after a consultation with their GP.
The agency’s #FakeMeds campaign warns buying from websites also increases the risk of being ripped off or having your identity stolen. Before buying, check if the seller is licensed to sell medicines online, through a checking system. “Herbal” or “all-natural” products can still contain chemical ingredients that may have side-effects.
MHRA senior policy manager Lynda Scammell said: “Quick fixes for losing weight may have serious health consequences in the short or long term, including organ failure and death.”
In two thousand sixteen, more than four point six million fake medical products were seized by the MHRA. The agency also closed down more than five thousand websites selling medicines illegally. In the UK, there are no medicines licensed for slimming, although some are licensed for treating obesity. The MHRA said many of the slimming pills seized contained ingredients that could put dieters in danger – such as sibutramine, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Migraine sufferers have been offered new hope after trials showed a designer drug cuts the number of attacks in half. The once-a-month injection, which can be delivered at home, blocks brain molecules linked to migraine, and is the first new preventative therapy in twenty years.
Around eight point five million people in Britain suffer migraines, and there are two hundred thousand attacks every day in the UK. Symptoms can be so severe that lying in a darkened room is the only relief for the throbbing pain and nausea. However the new drug, called Erenumab, appears to slash in half the number of days lost to the condition for many patients, a breakthrough which charities said marked ‘the start of a real change’ for sufferers.
Migraine usually involves severe head pain and often brings symptoms including nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. It affects one in every five women and around one in every fifteen men. Around half of all sufferers have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that it may be genetic. The World Health Organisation rates migraine as one of the top ten causes of disability, costing the UK economy two point twenty five billion pounds per year in lost work days, yet there are currently few treatments. The NHS recommends darkness, or taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Novartis, the company which makes the drug, has now applied for a license from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is expecting a decision next year. If approved the treatment would then go before the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) who would decide if it represents value for money for the NHS.
A charity has said that more than one thousand people are now living with the human immunodeficiency virus in Northern Ireland. It also revealed that ninety four new cases were diagnosed last year. The statistics show that in two thousand sixteen, seventy two males and twenty two females in Northern Ireland were told they had HIV. The figures emerged ahead of World Aids Day. HIV is a virus that damages the cells in the immune system and weakens the person’s ability to fight everyday infections and disease. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is the name used to describe a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen when the immune system has been severely damaged by the HIV virus.
While AIDS can’t be transmitted from one person to another, the HIV virus can. There is no cure for HIV, but there are drug treatments that enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. Figures published today show the number of people living with HIV here has now passed one thousand for the first time. Of the ninety four diagnosed in two thousand sixteen, twenty nine people were aged between twenty five and thirty four, and thirty five were aged from thirty five to forty nine. A small number were aged sixty five or over at the time of their diagnosis. Jacquie Richardson from Positive Life, Northern Ireland’s only dedicated HIV charity, expressed concern at the figures, saying our rates were higher than other parts of the UK.
Miss Richardson said “As many as one in five people with HIV in Northern Ireland are unaware that they have the infection.”