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New FDA-approved Weight Loss Drugs – Gerald Brown, PA

For the first time in many years, the FDA has approved two new medications for use in promoting weight loss. Physician Assistant Gerald Brown from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler answers questions about these medications in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

The FDA has approved the release of two new diet drugs. What are they and how do the work? (first question)

Who will be approved to take these new drugs? (skip to 1:33)

Who should not take them? (skip to 1:55)

Are these new medications safe? (skip to 2:25)

The FDA has not approved new diet drugs in over a decade. Why were these medications approved? (skip to 3:27)

Among the problems with prior weight loss medications was that of rebound weight gain. Will that be a problem with these new medications as well? (skip to 5:20)

When will these new medications be available in pharmacies? (skip to 6:11)

If someone is considering asking his or her provider to prescribe either of these new drugs, what should be considered first? (skip to 7:09)


Are You at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s? – Billie Huff, N.P.

One of the most frightening prospects of getting older is the prospect of losing one’s mind. Some of us are just naturally at greater risk for dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease because of genetic predisposition beyond our control. But some of us are at greater risk because of factors that we can control. U.T. Health Science Center nurse practitioner and gerentology specialist talks about Alzheimer’s and dementia in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? (first question)

What are the risk factors for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s that can’t be changed? (skip to 1:25)

What about factors that we can do something about now to reduce the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s? (skip to 1:51)

There is a new study that links diabetes with a significantly higher risk for all types of dementia. What can you tell us about this study? (skip to 2:43)

Why would things such as high cholesterol and atherosclerosis increase the risk for dementia? (skip to 3:20)

What is the connection between Homocysteine blood levels and dementia? Explain Homocysteine blood levels. (skip to 4:07)

What effect does smoking and alcohol use have on the risk for developing dementia? (skip to 5:04)

What about other risk factors such as high blood pressure, depression and high levels of estrogen? (skip to 5:41)

Are there any promising treatments on the horizon for dementia? (skip to 7:09)