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Lipids and Lipid-Lowering Medications and Cognitive Function Lipids and Lipid-Lowering Medications and Cognitive Function

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:30:27 +0100

What's the evidence supporting the FDA warning regarding cognitive impairment such as memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, and confusion associated with statin use?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Alcohol and Death; Falls and Exercise: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include preventing falls in the elderly, ambulatory versus clinic blood pressures, statin use benefit, and how much alcohol is okay to consume (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Higher LDL, CV Risk Magnify Expected LDL-Lowering Clinical Gains Higher LDL, CV Risk Magnify Expected LDL-Lowering Clinical Gains

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:10:22 +0100

The observation can inform shared decision-making when clinicians are considering intensified LDL-cholesterol management, for example, adding PCSK9 inhibitors to statins, say researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Diets rich in fat and "bad" cholesterol found to weaken cardiovascular function

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:34:31 +0100

(Natural News) Bacon may taste good, but it’s bad for your heart. Diets rich in fat and cholesterol found to weaken cardiovascular function by turning the artery-protecting immune cells into promoters of inflammation. This in turn would worsen atherosclerotic plaque buildup that occurs in cardiovascular disease. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, also... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Unlocking the Potential of AI For Fatty Liver Treatments

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:02:36 +0100

ReviveMed, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spinout, is using artificial intelligence (AI) to unlock the power of metabolomics to discover new therapies to treat diseases. Metabolomics is the large-scale study of small molecules like glucose or cholesterol produced by cellular activity. ReviveMed’s platform could help pharmaceutical companies redesign existing drugs or develop new drugs to help patients suffering from disease. The Cambridge, MA-based company recently raised funding to help further develop its AI solution, closing an oversubscribed seed round of $1.5 million. Rivas Capital led the round, which also included participation from several institutional investors including TechU, Team Builder Ventures, and WorldQuant Ventures. The funding will go toward obtaining ...



Spending on medicines grew less than one percent in 2017

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:15:38 +0100

Last year, a record number of new treatments and cures that are transforming care for patients fighting debilitating diseases like cancer, hepatitis C, high cholesterol and more were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the midst of all this incredible progress, spending on medicines grewjust 0.6 percent in 2017, according to the newIQVIA Institute for Human Data Science “2017 Medicine Use and Spending in the U.S.” report. (Source: The Catalyst)

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Ongoing Sex Disparity in Post-Acute MI Statin Therapy Ongoing Sex Disparity in Post-Acute MI Statin Therapy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:36:22 +0100

Women are still less likely to fill a high-intensity statin prescription after MI hospitalization, despite countless initiatives aimed at eliminating sex disparities in cardiovascular care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Fatty fish and camelina oil are beneficial for your HDL and IDL cholesterol

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Eastern Finland) Eating fatty fish increases the size and lipid composition of HDL particles in people with impaired glucose metabolism, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. These changes in the size and lipid composition of HDL particles make them beneficial for cardiovascular health. Published in Molecular Nutrition& Food Research, the study also found that camelina sativa oil decreases the number of harmful IDL particles. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



New Cholesterol Test Eliminates Need for Fasting

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:35:35 +0100

Routine fasting for cholesterol tests could be eliminated by adopting a newer method for determining LDL cholesterol, according to a new study.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



Severe Cholesterol Levels Poorly Treated

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:26:11 +0100

Treatment rates for dangerously high cholesterol levels remain low, according to a new study.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



Wearable Device Could Shed Light on Parkinson & #039;s Disease

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:34:37 +0100

Currently, there are no universal objective metrics and target ranges for assessing or managing Parkinson’s disease (PD) that can be used in the same way that cholesterol or blood sugar levels, peak flow measures or blood pressure readings, for example, are used to manage other common chronic conditions.  Global Kinetics Corporation (GKC) is trying to change that by conducting a randomized and controlled study to evaluate the widespread implementation of target ranges derived from its wearable device, the Personal KinetiGraph (PKG). The target ranges could dictate treatment decisions for PD. The PKG monitors symptoms of PD patients throughout the day. The Melbourne, Australia-based company has received $350,000 worth of funding and support from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parki...

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Medical News Today: What is serum cholesterol?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0100

Serum cholesterol is a measurement of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is considered good, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is considered bad, and triglycerides. A person's serum cholesterol level can help to determine whether they should change their diet or lifestyle. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart AttackCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



Statins save lives of people with high levels of LDL cholesterol

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Iowa) Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to save thousands of additional lives when used in people with higher levels of LDL cholesterol, or 'bad' cholesterol, according to a new study from the University of Iowa, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Could statins ease deadly heart condition in rare neuromuscular disease?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Decreased HDL and ApoA-l levels in the general population are associated with an increased risk of death from cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Researchers found the FA patients had serum ApoA-I levels lower than healthy control subjects. In preclinical studies using cell models that mimicked liver cells of patients with the rare disease Friedreich's ataxia (FA), a widely used cholesterol-lowering drug increased a precursor of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the " good cholesterol. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:15:12 +0100

The findings suggest efforts in recent years to close gender gaps in the use of recommended treatments after a heart attack have failed, according to the researchers. (Source: WebMD Health)

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Women Less Likely to Fill Post-MI Statin Prescription

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:01:00 +0100

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 -- Women are less likely than men to fill a prescription for high-intensity statins after hospitalization for myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published in the April 24 issue of the Journal of the American... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



Turn Waiting Room Into a Classroom to Boost Outcomes in Diabetes Turn Waiting Room Into a Classroom to Boost Outcomes in Diabetes

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:26:52 +0100

Patients with type 2 diabetes well-controlled on medication can still gain benefits in terms of weight, glycemic control, and cholesterol from a weekly nutrition class at their physician's office, say US researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:04:36 +0100

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 -- Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more than... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Personal Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:00:03 +0100

Statins are often given to healthy people to prevent a potentially devastating problem, so some patients object to taking them. (Source: NYT Health)



Difficult-to-Treat Sclerosing Cholangitis Eased With Statins Difficult-to-Treat Sclerosing Cholangitis Eased With Statins

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:11:00 +0100

Primary sclerosing cholangitis is progressive, and there is no known therapy to prevent cirrhosis, liver transplant, or progression to cancer, but a new investigation suggests statins might help.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Statins May Help in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (CME/CE)

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Patients on anti-cholesterol drug seen at reduced risk of mortality (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)



Medical News Today: What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:00:00 +0100

The body needs cholesterol, but too much bad cholesterol can be harmful and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In this article, learn about the difference between HDL and LDL — “good” and “bad” — cholesterol, as well as how they are measured. What steps can you take to lower LDL and increase HDL? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Workplace Noise Exposure Affects Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:00:46 +0100

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 -- Hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and hearing difficulty are more prevalent among noise-exposed workers, according to a study published online March 14 in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Ellen Kerns,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



A Better Body in a Pill? Experts Urge Caution on SARMs

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:02:06 +0100

Bodybuilders are turning to a popular new pill to get bigger and stronger, but the chemicals are still undergoing testing and could cause serious harm. (Source: NYT Health)



Medical News Today: 'Good' cholesterol tied to higher infectious disease risk

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100

High-density lipoprotein cholesterol is known to play a role in the health of the heart. Now, researchers suggest it could also affect the immune response. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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LJI researchers are one step closer to an effective anti-atherosclerosis vaccine

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) A new paper published in Circulation by researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology reports successful vaccination of atherosclerotic mice with a small chunk of protein snipped out of 'bad cholesterol.' Vaccination reduced plaque levels in test mice, and other experiments with human blood samples identified the class of T cells likely responsible for positive outcomes. The paper suggests that a comparable strategy could form the basis of a human vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Statins associated with reduced morbidity and mortality in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitischolangi

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(European Association for the Study of the Liver) An award-winning register-based study reports a reduced risk of all-cause mortality, liver transplantation, liver cancer, and variceal bleeding in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis exposed to statins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



You Asked: What Is Inflammation, And Why Should I Care About It?

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:08:42 +0100

Your body can heal itself, which is pretty miraculous when you sit back and think about it. If you suffer a cut or infection—or if a disease, allergen or virus finds its way into you—your immune system reacts by sending specialized white blood cells to the affected area. These white blood cells can repair damage, stop the spread of infection or illness and in some cases eradicate the intruder. This whole response is called inflammation. “Inflammation is an activation of cells and cell-derived components that have the job of fighting invasions, and in some cases just sponging up or clearing out damaged cells,” says Valter Longo, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern California and author of The Longevity Diet, a book that partly explores in...



Intensive Statins in Diabetes Misses Primary Endpoint: EMPATHY Intensive Statins in Diabetes Misses Primary Endpoint: EMPATHY

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:09:28 +0100

Among Japanese patients with diabetes, warding off a first cardiovascular or renal event was not better with statins and a low versus standard LDL-C goal, but stroke risk was lessened.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Added Statin No Benefit Over Phototherapy for Vitiligo (CME/CE)

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:35:01 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Small study of European and Asian patients (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)

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Eating fruit every day proven to lower cholesterol: The pectin prevents it from building up

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:43:02 +0100

(Natural News) Pectin, a soluble fiber usually found in fruits, can lower cholesterol levels, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism. The study review was carried out by researchers from Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and it comes in line with the thought that soluble fibers can lower blood... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Lowering Cholesterol

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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EndoBreak: T1D Genes; Free T3 & Cholesterol; Diabetes & Oral Health

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the endocrinology world (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)



Weekly Postings

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:32:08 +0100

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Last chance to register! NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase. It’s National Public Health Week! Did your organization sponsor an event or get out in the community to champion the role of a stro...



Noisy workplace tied to high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:20:13 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Workers who are exposed to a lot of noise on the job are more likely to develop high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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AHA: Can Statins Help Prevent Brain Aneurysms From Rupturing?

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:04:56 +0100

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative -- drugs to lower the odds of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Noisy Workplace Linked to Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia Noisy Workplace Linked to Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:32:37 +0100

One in four American workers are exposed to loud noise on the job, which may increase their risk for hypertension and high cholesterol, a new study finds.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Metabolic Abnormalities Seen in Testicular Cancer Survivors

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0100

HTN, increased LDL and total cholesterol levels; lower rates of decreased HDL levels, abdominal fat (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



In-hospital mortality following traumatic brain injury among older medicare beneficiaries, comparing statin users with nonusers - Khokhar B, Simoni-Wastila L, Slejko JF, Perfetto E, Zhan M, Smith GS.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:42:12 +0100

BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health concern for older adults. Small-scale human studies have suggested pre-TBI statin use is associated with decreased in-hospital mortality following TBI, highlighting the need for large-... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Anti-Statin Lobby Strikes Again: Setting the Record Straight Anti-Statin Lobby Strikes Again: Setting the Record Straight

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:15:21 +0100

The author of this commentary cites the dangers of recent disinformation campaigns regarding the use of statins and calls for strong denouncement by the European Society of Cardiology.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



CoQ10 Supplementation and Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms CoQ10 Supplementation and Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:15:21 +0100

Deficiency of CoQ10, or ubiquinone, has been proposed as a mechanism underlying statin-associated muscle symptoms. This review examines the current evidence.American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Key Heart Risks Decline for Older Americans

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:00:26 +0100

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 -- Older Americans dramatically reduced their risks for heart attack and stroke over a recent 20-year period, a new analysis finds. The likely reason: greater use of drugs to control cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



LDL-C Below 100 Mg/dL Optimal for Preventing Stroke Recurrence LDL-C Below 100 Mg/dL Optimal for Preventing Stroke Recurrence

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:18:42 +0100

The optimal LDL-cholesterol level for preventing stroke recurrence appears to be between 80 and 100 mg/dL, researchers from Japan report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



The 7 Best Foods for Fighting Inflammation

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:38:13 +0100

The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition, 100 Most Healing Foods, which is available in stores, at the Meredith Shop and at Amazon. Inflammation is our body’s healthy response to fighting disease. But when it gets out of hand, inflammation can become chronic and lead to a whole host of health problems, from autoimmune diseases to cancer. Foods high in sugar and saturated fat are thought to contribute to inflammation, which is why some people who have inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders try out low-sugar diets. On the flip side, there are also foods to pile onto your plate that may actually tamp down inflammation. Read on for the latest science on anti-inflammatory options, plus how to enjoy these picks. Bell peppers Lucas Zarebinski How to eat...

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Personal Health: The Value and Limitations of a Cardiac Calcium Scan

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:01 +0100

A calcium scan is useful to assess patients considered to be at moderate risk of heart disease, but a good score is not a ticket to be reckless. (Source: NYT Health)



Personal Health: One More Heart Test to Consider: A Calcium Scan

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:01 +0100

A calcium scan is useful to assess patients considered to be at moderate risk of heart disease, but a good score is not a ticket to be reckless. (Source: NYT Health)



More than 150,000 people a year are at risk of developing heart disease

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:25:22 +0100

Four in five of those who took part in the NHS Health Check scheme since 2013 were found to need statins but were not prescribed it, according to figures released by Public Health England. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Consuming walnuts as a weight reduction measure: How it affects weight, satiety, blood pressure, cholesterol

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:48:19 +0100

(Natural News) Supplementing a reduced-energy diet with walnuts can provide results similar to conditions under a weight loss intervention. The results of this study, led by researchers from the University of California, La Jolla, looked at how adding walnuts to a diet can affect weight, risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and satiety. For the study, the research... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Statin Use Linked With Decreased Risk for DLBCL

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:51:43 +0100

In this large population-based, case-control study, having ever used a statin was linked to lower risk of total NHL and certain NHL subtypes, including DLBCL. (Source: CancerNetwork)

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MedlinePlus: High Cholesterol in Children and Teens

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:37:26 +0100

(Source: NLM General Announcements)



MedlinePlus: VLDL Cholesterol

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:36:46 +0100

(Source: NLM General Announcements)



Researchers find single milkshake can kickstart path to heart disease

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:39:57 +0100

Researchers tracked the effects of a high-fat milkshake, finding it changed the shape of blood cells and counts of cholesterol, triglycerides and fatty acids. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration Linked to High HDL

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00:49 +0100

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 -- There is a higher risk for early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in individuals with high plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, according to a study published online March 29 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



Statins in PA/LTC Patients With Diabetes: Is This Quality?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 08:24:16 +0100

SUPD? Have you heard this acronym before but have no idea what it stands for? Is it short for What ’S UP Doc? Or a short-order cook’s abbreviation for Soup of the Day? In the Medicare world, SUPD stands for Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes. It is a quality measure that relates to cardiovascular disease and was endorsed by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) in 2014. This measure evaluates the percentage of patients who were dispensed a medication to treat diabetes and who also received a statin medication. (Source: Caring for the Ages)

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Childhood cancer survivors may develop heart problems sooner

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:23:44 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Adult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of metabolic syndrome in older women

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0100

According to a study, published inMaturitas, postmenopausal women with vitamn D deficiency have a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome and  of having high cholesterol.Medscape (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Selective prescribing of statins and the risk of mortality, hospitalizations, and falls in aged care services - Korhonen MJ, Ilom äki J, Sluggett JK, Brookhart MA, Visvanathan R, Cooper T, Robson L, Bell JS.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:36:30 +0100

BACKGROUND: Compared to randomized controlled trials, nonexperimental studies often report larger survival benefits but higher rates of adverse events for statin use vs nonuse. OBJECTIVE: We compared characteristics of statin users and nonusers liv... (Source: SafetyLit)



Severe Dyslipidemia Often Goes Untreated Severe Dyslipidemia Often Goes Untreated

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:15:22 +0100

Many patients with dangerously high cholesterol don ’ t take statins, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: theHeart.org)



Esperion's drug clears study as add-on cholesterol treatment

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:51:30 +0100

(Reuters) - Esperion Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its experimental oral drug met the main goal of reducing cholesterol by 30 percent in patients, who were already on another treatment to lower the risk of artery-clogging heart disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Severely elevated cholesterol often goes untreated

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:31:45 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Many patients with dangerously high cholesterol or a genetic predisposition to it don ’t take statin drugs that can lower cholesterol, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



WATCH: Majority of people with dangerously high cholesterol not taking medication

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:51:08 +0100

A new Harvard study looked at 15 years of data on people with high cholesterol. (Source: ABC News: Health)



Majority of people with dangerously high cholesterol not taking medication

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:26:22 +0100

A new Harvard study looked at 15 years of data on people with high cholesterol. (Source: ABC News: Health)



Severe High Cholesterol Often Inadequately Treated

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:00:22 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Statins reach less than 40% of patients, and improvement has been slow nationally (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Most With Very High Cholesterol Missing Right Meds

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:15:12 +0100

The investigators also looked at a subgroup of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder that causes extremely high cholesterol that increases the risk of early heart disease. (Source: WebMD Health)

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Less than half of people with high cholesterol taking proper meds: Study

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:54:59 +0100

Less than 40 percent of people who have high cholesterol levels are taking the right medications, according to a national study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Personal Health: Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:00:01 +0100

Fish clearly has health benefits, but fish oil supplements may not carry the same ones. (Source: NYT Health)



Most With Very High Cholesterol Missing Out on Right Meds

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:03:35 +0100

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 -- Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds. Researchers examined federal government data to assess rates of awareness, screening and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Treatment rates for dangerously high cholesterol remains low

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(American Heart Association) Less than 40 percent of people with severe elevations in cholesterol are being prescribed appropriate drug treatment, according to a nationally representative study reported in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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How Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Longevity

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:04:12 +0100

Cardioprotective effects of omega-3 fatty acids accrue over multiple risk factors; the higher the Omega-3 Index, the lower the risk of mortality. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Management of Hypertriglyceridemia

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:45:15 +0100

The consequences of elevated triglycerides range from xanthomas to CVD. Here, a primer on the mechanism of omega-3 fatty acid therapy. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Noisy Workplace May Wreak Havoc on Your Heart

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:03:01 +0100

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 -- Loud noise at work doesn't just threaten your hearing, it might also boost your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a new U.S. government report suggests. " Reducing workplace noise levels is critical not just for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Diet May Be a Source of'Statin' Exposure Diet May Be a Source of'Statin' Exposure

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:10:26 +0100

Diet may be to blame in patients who develop immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy with anti-HMG CoA reductase antibodies and no history of statin use.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Plant Fats Are Healthier Than Animal Fats, Study Says

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:00:31 +0100

After being vilified for years, fat is having a comeback. But with so many sources and types of fat out there, it can be hard to keep track of what’s healthy and what’s not. A new study, however, offers a simple rule of thumb: Plant fat sources appear to be better for you than animal sources, at least when it comes to monounsaturated fats. The research, which was presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association conference in New Orleans, found that plant-based monounsaturated fats — like those found in vegetable oils, avocados, nuts and seeds — are associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease and other causes. Animal-based monounsaturated fats — like those in meat, dairy and eggs — are associated with a higher risk, according to the resea...

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Heart disease warning: Losing more than two teeth in middle age could increase your risk

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:58:00 +0100

LOSING more than two teeth in middle age could raise your risk of heart disease by almost 25 per cent, scientists warned today. The results showed this was irrespective of how well you ate or how much exercise you did, as well as your cholesterol levels or weight. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Medical News Today: Cholesterol deposits in the eyes: Symptoms and treatment

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Cholesterol can deposit around the eyes and form fatty, yellow lumps. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for cholesterol deposits here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Cardiovascular health disparities between whites and minorities narrow, study shows

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:59:05 +0100

The nation ’s overall cardiovascular health worsened from 1988 to 2014, with disparities among racial and ethnic groups dropping slightly. But the reduction in disparities was due to worsening health among whites — not improvements among African-Americans and Mexican-Americans, a new UCLA-led study suggest s.“The reason for the reduction in disparities was unexpected,” said lead author Dr. Arleen Brown, professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Olive View Medical Center. “Whites were the only group we studied where the pre valence of optimal cardiovascular health declined consistently over the time period.”Among the findings:From 1988 to 2014, the percentage of whites with optimal cardiovascular health ...



Statins and hayfever pills could be fueling antibiotic resistance

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:45:31 +0100

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, studied the effects of 1,000 common drugs on 40 strains of gut bacteria to make the conclusion. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Western diet depletes artery-protecting immune cells

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) New research from scientists at the La Jolla Institute shows how a diet high in fat and cholesterol depletes the ranks of artery-protecting immune cells, turning them into promoters of inflammation, which exacerbate atherosclerotic plaque buildup that occurs in cardiovascular disease. The team has also found that high density lipoproteins (HDL)--more commonly known as " good cholesterol " --counteract this process, helping the protective immune cells maintain their identity and keep arteries clear. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Male Birth Control Pill Found To Be Safe And Effective By Study

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:27:04 +0100

CBS Local — A new male birth control pill is being called safe and effective by researchers in a recent study. The daily oral contraceptive known as dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) is being viewed as a major breakthrough in creating a similar product to female birth control. “DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily ‘male pill,'” Dr. Stephanie Page told Endocrine Society. “Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive, rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development.” According to scientists, 83 men who completed the study showed “marked suppression” of testosterone levels as well as two hormones required to make sperm. Patients who took the largest doses...



Low Sperm Count May Signal Serious Health Risks

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:15:18 +0100

A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure, higher bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and lower levels of good cholesterol. (Source: WebMD Health)



2018 Harrington Prize awarded to Dr. Helen Hobbs, U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) The fifth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Helen H. Hobbs, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Hobbs is recognized for her discovery of the link between a gene mutation (PCSK9) and lower levels of LDL, or 'bad cholesterol', is considered a major breakthrough and has improved the treatment of high cholesterol. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



The LDL Dilemma in Diabetes: How Low Do You Go? The LDL Dilemma in Diabetes: How Low Do You Go?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:08:18 +0100

Two heavyweights go head to head on what is the optimal LDL-cholesterol level in patients with diabetes, given recent clinical trial data.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Science confirms that a diet of vegetables, fruit, whole grains is good for body and mind

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:44:19 +0100

(Natural News) Depression is common in older adults, and even more so in people who have memory problems, vascular conditions – such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol – or people who previously have had a stroke. Earlier scientific literature, however, has shown that healthy lifestyle changes are associated with lower depression rates. A study led... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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New Cholesterol Drug Lowers Risk of Death

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:35:04 +0100

A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart attack risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors. ... Also of Interest Find out how your drugs int... (Source: AARP.org News)



Medical News Today: Is it possible to unclog your arteries?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0100

Prevention is the best treatment for clogged arteries. Learn about causes, prevention, treatment, and risk factors for plaque buildup and atherosclerosis. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Metformin, Statins Not Linked With Ovarian Cancer Risk in Diabetic Patients

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:25:35 +0100

A large study found no association between the use of metformin or statins and the incidence of ovarian cancer in women with type 2 diabetes. (Source: CancerNetwork)



NHS figures reveal the 20 drugs dished out most

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:41:41 +0100

NHS Digital figures show that statins were the most common prescription across England in 2017 - with more than 62 million of the cholesterol-busting drugs prescribed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Variant of LILRB5 Is Associated With Statin Intolerance Variant of LILRB5 Is Associated With Statin Intolerance

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:13:55 +0100

The authors identify a novel immunogenetic factor associated with statin intolerance, potentially opening the door for pre-treatment pharmacogenetic testing or diagnosis of statin-induced myopathy.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Study shows omega-3 levels better predictors of death risk than serum cholesterol

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(GOED) A recent study in 2500 participants in the Offspring cohort of the Framingham Heart Study looked at the value of measuring blood levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids to assess an individual's risk for developing certain diseases and determined that the risk for death from any cause was reduced by about 33% in participants with the highest omega-3 blood levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



High Cholesterol Tied to Lower Cognitive Decline in Old Age High Cholesterol Tied to Lower Cognitive Decline in Old Age

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:42:18 +0100

High cholesterol in midlife is usually associated with poor cognitive outcomes, but new research suggests that in old age, it may protect cognition.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Targeting Cholesterol Pathway Shows Potential for AML Treatment

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:44:59 +0100

Researchers have discovered that AML cells require high levels of cholesterol for survival, so the cholesterol pathway could represent a potential therapeutic option for the disease. (Source: CancerNetwork)



Health Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your Cholesterol

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:50 +0100

-- You should check your cholesterol at least every five years, or more often if there's a problem, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says. Your blood sugar and blood pressure could influence your cholesterol levels, the association says, so a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Cholesterol Variability and Mortality, MI, and Stroke Risk Cholesterol Variability and Mortality, MI, and Stroke Risk

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:14:58 +0100

Is high visit-to-visit variability in lipid levels an independent predictor of adverse cardiometabolic events?European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



New cholesterol drug lowers heart attack, death risk in study

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:30:42 +0100

Praluent, a new cholesterol drug, lowered heart attack and death risk, according to a study sponsored by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



SECURE-PCI:'Statin Loading' in ACS Doesn't Cut 30-Day Event Risk SECURE-PCI:'Statin Loading' in ACS Doesn't Cut 30-Day Event Risk

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:10:46 +0100

But 30-day events dropped significantly after two big atorvastatin doses in one predefined subgroup of the trial's broad acute coronary syndrome population, a secondary but enticing result.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Statins in the Elderly: Evidence-Based or Not? Statins in the Elderly: Evidence-Based or Not?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:04:20 +0100

What does the evidence show, and is it enough to guide decisions about statins for older adults?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



In Cholesterol Drug Battle, Sanofi/Regeneron Jolt Prospects Of The Medicines Company And Esperion

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:37:00 +0100

Clearly, competition is the best way to contain the price of new, life-saving drugs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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Health Highlights: March 12, 2018

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:03:25 +0100

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Newer Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Offers Hope A newer cholesterol-lowering drug shows promise, researchers report. When used in combination with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Statin takers could cut heart attack risk by taking new fortnightly jab

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:01:45 +0100

A FORTNIGHTLY jab of an anti-cholesterol drug cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke by a quarter, research shows. (Source: Daily Express - Health)