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New type 2 diabetes/cholesterol drug approved
October 7th, 2011
02:31 PM ET

New type 2 diabetes/cholesterol drug approved

A new combination drug to treat both type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Friday.  Juvisync  combines the blood sugar lowering drug  sitagliptin or Januvia with the cholesterol lowering drug  simvastatin sold under the brand name Zocor.

"This is the first product to combine a type 2 diabetes drug with a cholesterol lowering drug in one tablet," said Dr. Mary H. Parks, director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "However, to ensure safe and effective use of this product, tablets containing different doses of sitagliptin and simvastatin in fixed-dose combination have been developed to meet the different needs of individual patients. Dose selection should factor in what other drugs the patient is taking."

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What the Yuck: Frequent flyer sickness
October 7th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

What the Yuck: Frequent flyer sickness

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

I have to travel a lot for my new job. Will I get sick more often if I’m a frequent flyer?

Actually, the recycled air on planes is probably better for you than most air in office buildings. It’s well filtered before it’s blown back out.
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October 7th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Yoga helps addicts, homeless find peace

When I first met Sylvia Rascon she told me that what drew her into yoga was her own struggle to find balance in her life. When she found out she could treat people overcoming trauma she knew she wanted to become a teacher, and that’s what brought her to the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center.

When you walk into the center it’s hard to imagine where they would hold a yoga class.

Medical supplies are off to the right, and immediately ahead of you is a small common area where visitors can watch TV, use computers and talk with friends. Signs advertise free and quick HIV testing, counseling sessions and community events.
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'Sexy anorexia' Halloween costume controversy
October 7th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

'Sexy anorexia' Halloween costume controversy

It’s hard to imagine a deadly disorder being translated into a Halloween costume, let alone a sexy Halloween costume. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more inappropriate than sexy Cookie Monster, a costume has come along that reaches a whole new level of just plain wrong.

Anna Rexia.

The Anna Rexia costume features a black bodysuit style dress with a glittery, silk-screened skeleton print, bone headband, heart name tag, measuring tape ribbon belt, and the most shocking accessory of all - a matching measuring tape choker! We're not sure if the costume manufacturer intended for the choker to be a pun.
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Filed under: Mental Health • Mind and body • Nutrition

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