FDA warns heart patients of risk from antibiotic azithromycin

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that that the antibiotic azithromycin can cause dangerous changes in heart rhythm in patients already taking medications for heart arrhythmia. (Kari Rene Hall / Los Angeles Times)

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned that the widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin — marketed as Zithromax and Zmax — may cause potentially fatal changes in the heart rhythm of people who are taking medications to treat existing heart arrhythmia or who have a slower-than normal heart beat or magnesium or potassium deficiencies.

Patients with a prolonged QT interval, a heart rhythm irregularity that is a risk factor for ventricular arrhythmias, also should avoid use of the antibiotic, the FDA warned.

Azithromycin, one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, is used to treat bacterial infections such as ear infections in children, urinary infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease.

The FDA’s finding follows a warning about the potential for dangerous heart arrhythmias in certain patients taking the antibiotic levofloxacin (marketed as Levaquin). Levofloxacin and azithromycin were found to pose the same risk of death in heart patients. Two other antibiotics — amoxycillin and ciprofloxacin — did not increase those patients’ risks, the FDA said.

Reff.LATimes

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Pico de Gallo from Mexico ( Maxican Salsa )

Pico de Gallo from Mexico

Ingredients

Serves: 4
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño or green chilli, seeded and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Preparation method

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 5 mins

1.In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir until evenly distributed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes

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Also, increasing rates of obesity are leading to a higher prevalence of one of its main comorbidities, type 2 diabetes, which stood at 8% in this year’s report.

“Those are really troubling figures when we think down the road about the future of cardiovascular disease in America,” Arnett told MedPage Today.

While 68% of adults are overweight or obese, more than a third (35%) are fully obese. For children, 32% are overweight or obese and 17% are fully obese.

Inactivity is high for both adults and children as well. A third of adults said they didn’t get any leisure-time physical activity, while 18% of high-school girls and 10% of high-school boys didn’t get 60 minutes a day of moderate activity over the course of a week.

Changing those behaviors is clearly a large challenge, Arnett said, but clinicians can also go after “lower-hanging fruit.” Particularly, high blood pressure — which accounts for 41% of cardiovascular disease mortality — should be targeted, she said.

Arnett added that high cholesterol would be another “low-hanging fruit” to target, as 14% of adults currently have uncontrolled high cholesterol, above 240 mg/dL.

Ref. Heart Disease and Stroke 2013 Statistical Update

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Skin Care for Winter – Face Masks

As you enjoy the dipping temperature of the winter, pay a little attention to your skin as well. Here are 10 quick and effective face packs to keep your skin fresh and healthy.

Skin care in the winter

Winter calls for extra care for your skin. While the rest of your body is bundled up, your face is exposed 24 hours a day, and so it takes the brunt of the harsh climate most of all and requires additional pampering apart from the usual day and night creams.

Homemade face packs are simple to make and easy to apply. All you need are the ingredients from your fridge or larder; the fresher, the better!

10 quick face packs for the winter

1. Papaya pack – Cut a ripe papaya into pieces after removing the skin. Mash it with your fingers or a fork, apply on your face and rinse off after ten minutes with cold water.

2. Grape pack–  Mash some grapes into a pulp, apply on the face and leave on for a quarter of an hour. Then rinse off. Strawberries can also be used instead of grapes.

3. Milk cream (malai) mask – Collect malai from the milk, apply carefully on the face, avoiding eyes and keep on for about ten minutes. Rinse off, first with warm water, then cold water. Continue reading

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  • There are currently 366 million people living with diabetes. This figure is set to rise to over 550 million by 2030.
  • Diabetes is responsible for 4.6 million deaths a year – 1 every 7 seconds.
  • Diabetes is among the top 10 causes of disability, resulting in life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, lower limb amputations and blindness.
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