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It's time to look at health risks in a new light, authors say

...tal contaminants, prostate screening, cholesterol, statin drugs, smoking, chlorinated drinking water and exposure to residential radon. The authors said their intent is not to offer medical advice but to show readers another way to evaluate health risks. In the books foreword, Jared L. Cohon, president of...

Statin drugs may delay progressive artery damage in children

Starting statin therapy as young as age 8 safely and effectively d... Association. Our data support early initiation of statin therapy in FH children, which might yield a larger benefit in the prevention of atherosclerosis late...

6 out of 10 doctors aren't frustrated that patients can't lower cholesterol

... was followed by lifestyle changes alone (43%) and statin therapy alone (10%). Only 1.5% recommended no course of action. Doctors in South Korea (66%) and Portugal (61.5%) were most likely to recommend a combination of statins and lifestyle changes, with doctors in Finland (31%) and France (36%...

MU researchers find mechanisms that may unlock answers to Alzheimer's disease

...he brain. Woods study will evaluate the effects of statin drugs, typically used to treat high cholesterol. Woods previous research showed that statins have other beneficial effects in addition to lowering cholesterol. His study will test if the drugs also combat the ill effects of A-beta and limit the progr...

Bias in statin trials, failure to control malaria, and more

... research trials have compared different brands of statin head-to-head. The authors of the article looked at nearly 200 such trials, some were funded by governments, some by pharmaceutical companies, and in some cases the source of the funding had not been made clear. The authors found that trials of head-t...

Statin use linked with decreased prostate cancer mortality rates, lower PSA levels

...d researchers have postulated in recent years that statin medications could have an impact on the growth and...merican Urological Association explores the effect statin medications (which work to reduce low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, levels) may have on prostate-spec...

Could statins be a new option for hepatitis C patients?

... past as the FDA-approved package insert for every statin lists "active liver disease" as a contraindication...ients who improved their abnormal ALT levels after statin therapy and the number of patients who maintained their normal ALT levels after initiation of statin...

Angioplasty reduces long-term cardiac risk among heart patients with 'silent' ischemia

...patients received 100 mg. per day of aspirin and a statin (cholesterol-lowering) drug. Follow-up ended on May 23, 2006. Patients in the PCI group experienced 27 major adverse cardiac events during an average follow-up of 10.2 years. During the same period, 67 adverse cardiac events occurred in the anti-...

Good news on heart attack and chest pain

...83 percent of ACS patients in the study received a statin in 2006, when virtually all such patients should receive the cholesterol-lowering drug. And only 53 percent of STEMI patients received emergency angioplasty, when it has repeatedly been shown to be life-saving in such patients. "The U.S. especiall...

Are higher doses of cholesterol drugs worth the extra money? Only sometimes, study says

...stable symptoms. For them, the usual dose of their statin may provide adequate heart-protecting benefit, and... of quality-adjusted life) from a higher dose of a statin may not be sufficient to outweigh the extra cost. The researchers also point out that the type of...

Statins linked to lower risk of infection

...the overall absolute risk is relatively small, the statin groups risk is dramatically lower, says Rajesh Gup...une system, but what that is exactly, and how many statin users it affects, is still not widely understood. Statins may regulate the immune response to inf...

Health providers could save billions without compromising health care says drug study

...illion in 2007 alone if there were a move to shift statin prescribing to the lower cost generic statins." "The authors should be congratulated on their study, which serves as a beacon for the NHS and the wider medical community" adds Dr James Moon from the Heart Hospital, part of University College Lo...

Telomere length may predict risk of coronary heart disease in middle-aged men

...WOSCOPS randomly assigned some patients to receive statin treatment, the researchers also investigated the e...long telomeres. By contrast, in patients receiving statin treatment, the risk of heart disease was substantially reduced for those with short telomeres. Pr...

Penn researchers demonstrate ability of new therapy to treat severely elevated cholesterol levels

...tein B levels by 56% from baseline. In contrast to statin drugs, which have relatively little effect on cholesterol levels in homozygous FH patients, the MTP inhibitor was shown to reduce the liver's ability to produce LDL. The most notable adverse events in the study were loose stools and elevation of liv...

Statin users risk heart attacks by dropping treatment or taking low doses

Thousands of statin users worldwide are suffering preventable heart at...al in Amsterdam, analysed 548,084 prescriptions of statin treatment issued over the first two years of treatment[3] in 59,094 new users in the period January...

Statins protect smokers from lung damage

...normal lung function. Of the patients, 238 were on statin for an average of 2.7 1.8 years, while the remain...ercent in the control group and 2.5 percent in the statin group. The decline in FVC was 10.3 percent in the control and 1.3 percent in the statin group. Both ...

Statins reduce risk of stroke in heart patients

...dical College, Valhalla, NY. "Our study focuses on statin use in patients with severe, carotid artery diseas...low-up occurred within a mean of 26 months for the statin groups and 21 months for the control group. Researchers identified hypercholesterolemia, or high cho...

How low should we go? Researchers find no clear evidence for ultra-low cholesterol targets

...s prevent heart attacks and save lives. A focus on statin therapy may provide more public benefit than focus...olleagues say, it may be that the other effects of statin drugs help reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks as much or more than the drugs' LDL-lo...

Early statin therapy for patients with acute coronary syndromes reduces death, cardiovascular events

Early, intensive therapy with statin medications reduces death and cardiovascular event...of 13 previous clinical trials of early, intensive statin therapy (begun within 14 days of hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome) involving 17,963 adult...

Patients can report statins' adverse effects on new web site

...around the world to self-report adverse effects of statin drug use, or use of other cholesterol drugs. "T...f Medicine, and head of the UCSD Statin Study. A statin is any of a class of lipid-lowering drugs that reduce serum cholesterol levels by inhibiting a key e...

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