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Apr 20
2007

Bacon Causes Lung Disease?

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Bacon Lung Cancer

Eating cured meats like hot dogs, ham and bacon could increase your risk of developing lung disease, according to researchers.

A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine examined the eating habits of 7,352 Americans. Those who ate cured meat products at least 14 times a month were 78 percent more likely to develop emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Researchers think the nitrates found in cured meats may cause the lung damage. Nitrates help foods keep longer and add flavor. However, researchers said more research must be done.

Apr 19
2007

FDA Approves the First Drug for Obese Dogs

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obese dog

Dog obesity is on the rise...but help is on the way - or so says drug giant Pfizer. A new therapy to help manage obesity in overweight dogs is now available from your veterinarian. Slentrol, a prescription drug manufactured by Pfizer, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of obesity in dogs. According to drug literature, Slentrol promotes weight loss by reducing appetite and fat absorption.

A veterinarian will determine whether the dog should be treated, based on the dog's weight and general health. Adverse reactions associated with treatment with Slentrol include vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, lethargy and loss of appetite.

To discourage human use, the label of Slentrol includes the standard warning:

 

"not for use in humans"

 

The label further cites the adverse reactions associated with human use, including abdominal distention, abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, headache, nausea and vomiting.

Walking the dog never sounded so good.

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