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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 […]

No Need to Stop Taking Statins Before Surgery, Study Finds

October 27, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stopping cholesterol-lowering statins before non-cardiac surgery is unnecessary and may increase the risk of death following the operation, researchers report.
In their study, doctors from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), found that although the practice of stopping statins before an operation is no […]

Study Sees Link Between High Cholesterol and Tendon Trouble

October 16, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High cholesterol levels may increase your risk of tendon problems and pain, a new study suggests.
Tendons are the tough fibers connecting the body’s muscles and bones. The researchers suspect cholesterol buildup in immune cells can lead to chronic low-level inflammation, prompting tendon abnormalities and pain.
They analyzed 17 studies […]

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 […]


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