Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Health line

Popular herbs may not mix well with heart drugs, researchers warn

Herbs, heart drugs combo can hurt you

Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements, including St. John's wort and even garlic and ginger, do not mix well with common heart drugs and can also be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications. St. John's wort raises blood pressure and heart rate, and garlic and ginger increase the risk of bleeding in patients on blood thinners, the researchers said. "This is not new research, but there is a trend toward more and more use of these compounds, and patients often don't discuss with their doctors the compounds they are using on their own," said Dr. Arshad Jahangir, senior author of a paper in Tuesday's issue of The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Serotonin, SIDS may be linked

Babies who die of sudden infant death syndrome may have low levels of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in regulating breathing and other vital functions. Harvard researchers who made the discovery said that it took them a step closer to understanding why babies who appeared to be perfectly healthy might die suddenly, and that it could eventually lead to development of a screening test to identify at-risk infants. The paper was published this month in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Surgery touted for obese teens

Gastric-banding surgery appears to be significantly more effective than lifestyle interventions in helping severely obese teenagers lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests. In the United States, the banding procedure, in which an adjustable device on the stomach creates feelings of fullness with less food, is available to adolescents only through research studies. But with the health benefits of such surgery becoming more obvious, some hope the band will be approved for adolescents. The study, in The Journal of the American Medical Association, included 50 Australian teens ages 14 to 18 with a body mass index over 35 (considered severely obese). Half received the surgery; the other half took part in diet, exercise and followup. After two years, teens who had surgery lost about 79 percent of their excess weight, compared with about 13 percent in the lifestyle group. But obesity expert Dr. Michael Goran noted, "Surgery has potential side effects, and . . . doesn't replace lifestyle changes, which is why that's recommended as a first line of attack."

Times wires


Just in time for Valentine's Day, a special issue devoted to love, sex and your health.

Popular herbs may not mix well with heart drugs, researchers warn 02/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

    State Roundup

    WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

    State Senator Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton (left) and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran ranked on opposite sides of the spectrum in an analysis of support for open records. Galvano scored a B-minus and Corcoran scored a D-plus.
[Times file photo]
  2. Yale dean on leave over offensive Yelp reviews leaves post

    Bizarre News

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University dean who was placed on leave over offensive reviews she posted on Yelp has left her position at the Ivy League institution, school officials said Tuesday.

  3. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park


    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  4. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane


    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.