Today’s Top Medical News — August 19, 2016

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Laser pointers that are dangerous to the eyes. And a possible link between gallstones and other serious disease.

Patients with a history of gallstone disease may also be at higher risk for coronary heart disease.
New research in a journal of the American Heart Association says the two illnesses share a number of risk factors, including diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol.

A new class of diabetes drugs may also protect a patient’s kidneys. Researchers in the Netherlands studied the oral medications known as SGLT-2 inhibitors. They found that in addition to lowering blood sugar, the drugs slowed the decline in patients’ kidney function.

And there’s a new warning about the danger of over the counter laser pointers. Researchers in Australia tested models that can be bought in stores or online. They found that green lasers were the most dangerous and that the strongest can cause catastrophic damage to the eyes.

(Marlie Hall, CBS News)

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