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Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

August 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.
The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]

Cholesterol Drugs’ Benefits Far Outweigh Side Effects, Review Finds

August 5, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs greatly outweigh the risks, according to a review of research published over 20 years.
Some experts fear that statins may be overused, but these new findings could offer reassurance to the more than 200 million people worldwide who take the [...]

Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer

August 4, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study.
Early research has found that, overall, colon cancer patients who took statins such as Lipitor and Zocor had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from the cancer [...]

Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

July 31, 2014

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study.
The study’s Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the body’s inflammatory response, reducing the amount of time surgical patients’ wounds need to heal. And that seemed [...]

No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

July 21, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don’t seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults — especially women, a new study reports.
Heart attack hospitalization rates among young and middle-aged adults have remained stable during the previous decade, even as seniors [...]

Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle

July 17, 2014

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study.
The research found that people who were more fit were able to counter some of the ill health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such [...]

Niacin Doesn’t Reduce Heart Problems, May Create Some, Research Finds

July 16, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Niacin, a commonly used cholesterol treatment, doesn’t reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with hardened arteries. What’s more, the drug appears to have dangerous side effects, including a potential increased risk of death, according to new research.
A large-scale clinical trial found [...]

People With Heart Disease, Diabetes May Be More Likely to Stay on Statins

June 23, 2014

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who have heart disease or diabetes, the overweight or obese and former smokers are most likely to keep taking cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study finds.
Previous research has shown that as many 46 percent of patients who are prescribed statins stop taking them. Nearly one in 10 [...]

Low Cholesterol Levels May Spell Trouble for Kidney Cancer Patients

June 12, 2014

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Low cholesterol levels may increase kidney cancer patients’ risk of death, a new study suggests.
The findings indicate that cholesterol testing may help guide treatment for kidney cancer patients, the study authors said.
They analyzed cholesterol levels in 867 kidney cancer patients before they had surgery for their cancer and [...]

Men Who Take Statins May Exercise Less

June 9, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older men taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to be slightly less active than those who don’t take them, a new study suggests.
Statin users logged about 40 fewer minutes of moderate activity each week compared to nonusers, according to the study. These findings [...]


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