Medicine: Curbs and Caveats

In a flurry of directives, studies and opinions, medical authorities last week confirmed, denied or disputed dangers involving personal health in a variety of areas:

ANTIDIABETICS: FDA WARNING. The

Food and Drug Administration acted in a long-simmering controversy about the safety of oral antidiabetic drugs. The agency announced that these drugs, now prescribed for 1.5 million adult diabetic patients annually, must now carry a strong warning that users face increased risk of dying of heart disease. The FDA's action stemmed from a five-year series of large-scale studies that found that the death rate from...

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