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Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels

September 10, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The size of your waistline may depend to some degree on the specific bacteria dwelling within your gut, new research suggests.
The study, of nearly 900 Dutch adults, found that certain gut bacteria might help determine not only body fat levels, but also blood concentrations […]

FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

August 27, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that’s part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by blocking a protein that interferes with the liver’s ability to […]

Sharp Spike Seen in Statin Use in Elderly Without Heart Disease

August 24, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There has been a sharp rise in the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among elderly patients who do not have heart disease, a new study finds.
But there is little research to guide the use of these medicines in this group of patients, the investigators added.
In the study, researchers analyzed […]

This Is How Much Longer You Should Stand Each Day to Get Health Benefits

July 31, 2015

Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report.

Stand, Don’t Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

July 30, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report.
A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing […]

Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

July 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person’s aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests.
Men taking statins typically become less aggressive, while women on statins tend to become more aggressive, according to findings published July 1 in the […]

Statins Might Reduce Complications After Major Lung Surgery

June 26, 2015

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins might help reduce major complications after lung surgery, new research suggests.
Statins have been linked to fewer complications after heart surgery, and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City theorized they might also benefit patients undergoing major lung […]

Half of U.S. Hispanics With High Cholesterol Unaware They Have It: Study

June 24, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of Hispanic people in the United States with high cholesterol levels aren’t aware they have the health problem and more than two-thirds who are aware aren’t being treated, a new study indicates.
Reviewing data from more than 16,000 Hispanics between the ages of 18 […]

Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?

June 18, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won’t pay for them.
The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically cut LDL cholesterol — the “bad” kind linked to […]

FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of First of 2 New Cholesterol Drugs

June 9, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health experts voted on Tuesday to recommend approval of the first of two drugs in a new class of cholesterol medications that sharply cut “bad” LDL cholesterol in people who don’t fare well on statins.
In a 13-3 vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]


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