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Last updateSun, 06 Nov 2016 10am

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Heart failure claims over diabetes drugs

Two widely-used drugs for diabetes are under the spotlight, with claims in a British journal that they double the risk of heart failure in patients.

The active ingredients are rosiglitazone, which is in the drug Avandia, and pioglitazone, which is in Actos. Both are available in Ireland.

 The Irish Medicines Board says it is re-evaluating the two drugs. It is carrying out a review in association with a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). The results should  be available by October.


Aspirin may prolong life of prostate cancer...

Taking aspirin has been linked with a lower risk of death from prostate cancer, especially in men with disease, according to a new study from the US.

According to researchers, men who have been treated for prostate cancer, either with surgery or radiation, could benefit from taking aspirin regularly.

Previous studies have shown that aspirin may inhibit cancer growth and metastasis.

This most recent study looked at almost 6,000 men with prostate cancer, who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy.