Pharmacist Ben Fuchs fills in for Dr. Wallach. Ben starts the show discussing some of the results to come out of the 15 year "Women's Health Iniciative" study. Specifically discussing problems with HRT (hormone replacement therapy) used to treat women's menopause symptoms.
Pearls of Wisdom
Doug Winfrey and Ben Fuchs discuss two weight loss drugs currently in the news. The first is the obestiy drug Rimonabant which was unanimously rejected by an FDA advisory panel citing safety concerns. Next they discuss the FDA's approval of the over-the-counter weight loss drug "Alli" marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. The drug is basically a lower dose form of orlistat with side effects of diarrhea, upset stomach and rectal leakage.
- Michelle's mother has been diagnosed with lung cancer that has moved into her bones.
- Sean has a 10 month old baby diagnosed with acid reflux.
- Amy has questions concerning hydrocephalus.