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High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — High doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs — medicines such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor — may help people with a common eye disease called macular degeneration, a small study suggests.
In the early stage clinical trial, a team from Harvard Medical School assessed the effects of statin treatment in […]

Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Research Shows

January 12, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients who take statins before and after heart bypass surgery have fewer complications and a reduced risk of dying during and soon after the operation, a new analysis finds.
In a review of recent studies on the use of statins (such as Lipitor or Zocor) […]

Statins May Reduce Heart Risks Linked to Sleep Apnea: Study

January 6, 2016

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new discovery about the way sleep apnea may raise the risk of heart disease also suggests that taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might reduce that risk, according to a new study.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that involves irregular breathing while asleep, with oxygen […]

U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for Those 40 to 75 at Heightened Heart Risk

December 21, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs should be used to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in certain at-risk patients, according to a draft recommendation released Monday by the nation’s leading experts in preventive medicine.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said statins can provide maximum preventive benefits […]

U.S. Task Force Stays Neutral on Cholesterol Screening for Kids

December 21, 2015

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s not enough evidence to recommend screening all children and teens for high cholesterol, experts say.
It’s not clear if such screening up to age 20 reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a draft recommendation released Monday. This is […]

Too Few Americans Are Taking Needed Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: CDC

December 3, 2015

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of American adults who should be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs don’t, federal government researchers report.
They also found that blacks and Hispanics were less likely than whites to take medications that lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
“Nearly 800,000 people die in the U.S. each year from cardiovascular diseases […]

1 in 8 American Adults Still Have High Cholesterol

December 2, 2015

About one in every eight American adults continue to have high levels of total cholesterol.

Negative News on Statins Tied to Dropped Prescriptions

December 2, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — News reports on the downsides of statins may push some people to stop taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study hints.
The findings, published Dec. 2 in the European Heart Journal, cannot prove that media stories drive statin users to give up their prescriptions.
Instead, Danish researchers […]

Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

November 3, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs and they’re using more of them, a new study finds.
Fifty-nine percent of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012, up from 51 percent in 1999-2000. And 15 percent of them took five or more prescription drugs, an […]

Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

October 29, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two new studies raise the possibility that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may blunt the effectiveness of flu vaccines in seniors.
But experts caution that more research is needed to better understand the issue, and that older people shouldn’t throw away their statins just […]


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