Archive for May 10th, 2012
Waist-to-hip ratios indicating abdominal obesity are more important than BMI as a risk factor for sudden cardiac death, according to research presented at the Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting. Study author Dr. Selcuk Adabag said abdominal fat "spews inflammatory substances" and inflammation is linked to heart disease.
The FDA on Wednesday released its recommendations for reducing children's exposure to unnecessary radiation from medical imaging tests. The agency has asked medical device manufacturers to develop new scanners to lower radiation exposure for pediatric patients and encouraged doctors to consider how many scans a patient has had and whether a radiation-free alternative might be available.
In an unusual move that may prompt millions of women to rethink their use of popular bone-building drugs, the Food and Drug Administration published an analysis that suggested caution about long-term use of the drugs, but fell short of issuing specific recommendations.