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Role of Traditional Medicine in Human Society

The traditional medicines have been playing a significant role in the human society for centuries. Traditional medical practice illustrates the medical knowledge practices, which developed centuries ago within a variety of societies before the era of modern allopathic or homeopathic medication begins. Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani, herbal, African Yoruba Ifa, Muti as well as many other ancient medical practices from all over the world included in these medicines. Historically, at the end of the twentieth century, a number of traditions came to dominate the practice of traditional medicine. Among all, the herbal medicine system of ancient Greek and ancient Roman sources, the Ayurvedic medicine system from India, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani-Tibb medicine and Shamanic Herbalism were the most dominant at the end of the twentieth century. Key Contributions to Modern Medicines The fundamental concepts of Modern allopathic medicine have developed from trad

France and Germany Suspended Use of Actos for Bladder Cancer Risk

In June 2011, Actos (Pioglitazone HCl), the most widely prescribed diabetes medication in the world was suspended by the drug regulators of both France and Germany due to the increased risk of bladder cancer linked with the medication. This suspension was based on the results of an epidemiological study conducted by the French National Health Insurance. According to the results of the epidemiological study, the French agency found that patients, who were taking Actos for a long time to aid in type 2 diabetes mellitus, significantly increased risk of bladder cancer compared with patients who were taking other diabetes medications. The regulators of both two European countries also suggested that patients who were prescribed Actos should continue taking the drug until their physicians recommends other alternative drug, because sudden stop of treatment could be dangerous for their health. On the other hand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agenc