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Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

May 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests.
The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third.
But, lead […]

Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds

May 11, 2015

By Carrie MyersHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men who keep fit may find they delay normal age-related increases in blood cholesterol levels by up to 15 years, a new study suggests.
It is common for cholesterol levels to rise with age and then decrease later in life, the study authors explained in background […]

Americans’ Blood Triglyceride Levels Dropping: CDC

May 7, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ levels of triglycerides — a type of fat in the blood — have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a new federal study.
Factors that may lower triglyceride levels include quitting smoking, weight loss, use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (such as statins) and […]

Statins May Slow Prostate Cancer Progression: Study

May 7, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Statins, widely used to lower cholesterol levels, may also slow the progression of prostate cancer in patients receiving hormone therapy, a new study suggests.
Among 926 men undergoing hormone therapy for advanced prostate therapy, those taking statins saw significant benefits, researchers said. Their cancer remained stable […]

Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

May 1, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests.
The researchers from Northern Ireland also found indications that those who had a […]

New Drug Class Slashes ‘Bad’ Cholesterol, Review Finds

April 27, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new class of cholesterol drug could sharply cut “bad” LDL cholesterol in people who don’t fare well on commonly used cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, a new research review confirms.
The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, are not on the market yet. But the U.S. Food […]

Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

April 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows.
Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins should be routinely taken by adults aged 75 and older to prevent heart disease.
There did appear to […]

New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins

April 6, 2015

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts.
In 2011, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued new guidelines on reducing heart disease in […]

Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds

March 26, 2015

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Halting the use of cholesterol-lowering statins in terminally ill patients may improve their quality of life, a new study indicates.
These findings suggest that care for terminally ill patients can be improved by taking them off medication primarily meant to prevent other health problems, the study authors said.
“For patients […]

Latest Diabetes Care Guidelines Focus on Individual Approach

March 23, 2015

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When caring for people with diabetes, primary care doctors need to tailor blood sugar targets and treatments to the individual patient, new recommendations suggest.
That’s just one of the guidelines highlighted in an article that experts from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston published in […]


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