Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?

July 8, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Some cancer patients who take cholesterol-lowering statins may live longer than those not on these heart medications, a study from Britain suggests.
While it did not prove a cause-and-effect connection, the study of nearly 1 million cancer patients found that those taking statin drugs such […]

How U.S. Farm Subsidies Could Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic

July 5, 2016

Americans get more than half of their daily calories from seven farm foods that are subsidized by the U.S. government, but a new study suggests those subsidies may be contributing to the obesity epidemic.

Has Butter Gotten a Bad Rap?

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Spread the news: Butter may not be the unhealthy food many Americans believe it to be, new research suggests.
However, that doesn’t mean that butter provides any real health benefit, the researchers were quick to add.
“Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered ‘back’ […]

Just a Little of Statins’ Effect Enough to Help Heart: Study

June 20, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Giving high doses of statins to patients with heart disease doesn’t lower the risk of future heart trouble any more than moderate doses of the cholesterol-lowering drugs do, a new study finds.
Having heart disease raises the risk of heart attack and stroke, as blood […]

Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries

May 6, 2016

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statins may spare people with narrowed leg arteries from the possibility of amputation and even death, a new study suggests.
The higher the dose of these drugs, the lower the risk of both outcomes, the researchers found.
“PAD, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms […]

No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

May 4, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests.
In that setting, Crestor (rosuvastatin) did not prevent either the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation […]

Many Heart Bypass Patients Don’t Take Needed Meds

May 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many heart bypass patients are skipping medications meant to maintain smooth blood flow in their repaired veins, a new study finds.
“It is important for patients to understand that bypass surgery is a second chance, not a cure for their disease,” Dr. Michael Savage, a professor of cardiology at […]

Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study

April 26, 2016

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statins does not appear to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but a person’s cholesterol levels might affect risk, a new study suggests.
Both statins and cholesterol levels have been linked with lower colon cancer risk, but pinpointing which one is actually responsible has been […]

Could Certain Fatty Foods Be Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

April 22, 2016

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — What men eat — particularly fatty meats and cheese — may affect how quickly their prostate cancer progresses, a new study suggests.
“We show that high dietary saturated fat content is associated with increased prostate cancer aggressiveness,” said study author Emma Allott, a research assistant professor at the Gillings […]

Butter No Worse for You Than Vegetable Oil, Says Controversial New Study

April 13, 2016

New research found that while people who were briefly forced to change their diets using corn oil in place of saturated fats did lower their cholesterol, their risk of dying prematurely actually increased.

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