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June 2013

The Deadly Quartet

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite... And Party Everyday!
Years ago an endocrinologist friend and now mentor introduced me to the term ‘the deadly quartet’. Visions of KISS aside it’s the vortex whereupper-body obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, glucose intolerance and hypertensioncollide... And it’s now moving towards classification as a disease.
I had always believed that one had limited (or no control) over a disease – like a virus or infection, but as of todayThe American Medical Association recognises obesity as a disease

Interesting Xrays

Risky Business

Risky Business: Statins linked with risk of musculoskeletal injury.
Using statins may be associated with musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies (joint diseases) and injuries, according to areport published by JAMA this week. It wasn’t that long ago that statins were under the microscope:Severe Rhabdomyolysis Associated with the Cerivastatin-Gemfibrozil CombinationTherapy and we started to critically look at the long term benefits vs. the risks for the class.
While statins effectively lower cardiovascular illnesses and death, the full spectrum of statin musculoskeletal AEs is unknown.

Counterfeit drugs

Counterfeit drugs
This week I received a photo of a Chinese police officer amongst a huge pile of counterfeit drugs. This shows only a fraction of the fake medications that have been seized in Beijing in the past few months. China is the biggest source of counterfeit medications that have absolutely flooded the internet in recent years and pharmaceutical experts say that "the illicit trade is now believed to be worth$75 billion globally."

Later in the week a colleague sent me a transcript of the horrifying
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