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Early Atherosclerosis Defies'Normal' Cholesterol (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Subclinical plaque rampant even in healthy people with LDL-C in range (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - December 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Blood flow –sensing protein protects against atherosclerosis in mice
FINDINGSUCLA scientists have found that a protein known as NOTCH1 helps ward off inflammation in the walls of blood vessels, preventing atherosclerosis — the narrowing and hardening of arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes.The new finding, from research conducted on mice, also explains why areas of smooth, fast blood flow are less prone to inflammation: levels of NOTCH1 are higher in these vessels.BACKGROUNDNOTCH1 was already known to be a key player in the development of blood vessels in embryos, but researchers weren ’t sure whether it was also critical to adults’ health. In a 2015 study, Lu...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 11, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Suicidal behaviour is associated with decreased esterified cholesterol in plasma and membrane fluidity of platelets - Mathew B, Srinivasan K, Pradeep J, Thomas T, Mandal AK.
BACKGROUND: Altered cholesterol levels in body fluids and brain tissues have been shown to be associated with suicidal behaviour, violence and aggression. But the biological underpinnings of this association in the pathophysiology of suicide are not clear.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Proof of Big Pharma corruption: Now we're all told we should have the cholesterol levels of a newborn (achieved through prescription medication, of course)
(Natural News) The medical establishment is still trying really hard to push the lie that all cholesterol is evil, and that the only way for a person to stay healthy is to completely remove all cholesterol from his or her body. And a recent study out of the United Kingdom says people should do this... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quick CPR, AED Give Oregon Survivor a New Appreciation for Resuscitation Training
Helen Winberg was leaving the local mall after finishing her morning routine of walking on April 4, 2013, when she collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest. Mall security personnel witnessed the incident on security cameras. They rushed to begin CPR and then used a public-access automated external defibrillator, or AED, to deliver a shock before emergency medical responders could arrive. Winberg, then 79, was transported to the hospital, where doctors placed three stents due to blockages and removed fluid from around her heart. She was placed into a medically-induced coma to rest for a few days and was released from the hosp...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff A. Woodin, NRP, FAHA Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Statins May Up Breast Cancer-Specific and Overall Survival Statins May Up Breast Cancer-Specific and Overall Survival
Statins may improve breast cancer outcomes whether women take them before or after their diagnosis and extend overall survival as well.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

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See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries. Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Lydia Collins discusses “Rai...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 8, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs (2017)
Guide describes and summarizes scientific evidence behind 8 effective strategies for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can be implemented in health care systems and that involve community-clinical links. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Statin Use, Colorectal Cancer Recurrence, and Mortality Statin Use, Colorectal Cancer Recurrence, and Mortality
Studies of statin use and colorectal cancer prognosis have shown a beneficial association. Might statins reduce the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

New study shows HIV-infected women not using statins as recommended
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study has shown that HIV-infected women do not use statins as recommended by the most recent guidelines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A spring-loaded sensor for cholesterol in cells
(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) New research from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on Dec. 8, explains how an enzyme acts as a kind of thermostat that responds to and adjusts levels of cholesterol in the cell. This insight could lead to new strategies for combating high cholesterol. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 7, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

To help save the heart, is it time to retire cholesterol tests?
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - December 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Leslie, M. Tags: In Depth Source Type: news

Being Unemployed Can Be Better For Your Health Than Working, Study Says
CBS Local — To work or not to work? That is the question being asked by a study claiming that it’s healthier for people to stay unemployed rather than take on an overly stressful job. Researchers in Great Britain followed over 1,000 unemployed workers, comparing their cholesterol, blood pressure, and other vital levels to those of people who were in poor working environments. “Job quality cannot be disregarded from the employment success of the unemployed,” University of Manchester’s Tarani Chandola said in a press release. “Just as good work is good for health, we must also remember poo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV Stress talkers Unemployed Working Source Type: news

Statins, Aspirin Grossly Underused in HIV: US Study Statins, Aspirin Grossly Underused in HIV: US Study
There could be many reasons too few with indications are getting the drugs, including but not limited to poor cross-specialty communication and the changing needs of an aging HIVMedscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Preoperative Cholesterol Level Is Associated With Worse Pathological Outcomes
In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between preoperative cholesterol level (PCL) and postoperative outcomes of patients with localized RCC.12/06/2017 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - December 6, 2017 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Glucose, Cholesterol, BP: How Low to Go for CVD Prevention Glucose, Cholesterol, BP: How Low to Go for CVD Prevention
Current guidelines for the primary prevention of CVD recommend modification of 3 risk factors: diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension--but controversy remains as to optimal targets.Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Eating almonds with chocolate may lower cholesterol
(Reuters Health) - Overweight and obese people who eat almonds and chocolate every day may have lower cholesterol than their counterparts who don ’t consume these foods, a recent experiment suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

MedlinePlus: LDL: The " Bad " Cholesterol
MedlinePlus: LDL: The " Bad " Cholesterol (Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - December 5, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

MedlinePlus: HDL: The " Good " Cholesterol
MedlinePlus: HDL: The " Good " Cholesterol (Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - December 5, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

MedlinePlus: Cholesterol Levels: What You Need to Know
(Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - December 5, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Liver Safety of Statins in Prediabetes or T2DM and NASH Liver Safety of Statins in Prediabetes or T2DM and NASH
What do we know about the long-term hepatic safety of statins in patients with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes and NASH?Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Those with a high cardiovascular risk profile should eat dark chocolate with olive oil, new study finds
(Natural News) In recent years, the medical community has put a lot of effort into educating people about reducing their cholesterol levels in order to protect their heart health. Of course, those who do have elevated cholesterol levels are often prescribed statin drugs like Lipitor, Zocor and others to lower these levels. In fact, these... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins are gateway drugs for Big Pharma: Take one and you'll need four or five more prescriptions for the side effects
(Natural News) One out of every three American adults take statins, and if you think that sounds like good news for statin manufacturers, you’re missing the bigger picture. All of Big Pharma benefits when people take statins. In fact, statins can really be thought of as gateway drugs. After all, they have so many side... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves heart protection claims for Amgen cholesterol drug
(Reuters) - Amgen Inc can now promote the ability of its potent but expensive cholesterol drug to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, after U.S. health regulators approved adding those benefits to the medicine's prescribing label, the company said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

National Campaign Tells Patients That This Medication Can Prevent America's Leading Cause of Death
A new survey is the catalyst behind a national education campaign aimed at increasing public understanding of high cholesterol as a key risk factor for heart disease and to providing strategies that empower people to stay on their doctor-prescribed statin medications. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Seaton Jefferson, Contributor Source Type: news

Health Tip: Why Get a Cholesterol Test?
-- Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty blood substance that your body needs to keep cells healthy. It's produced by your liver and also is found in animal-based foods. There are two kinds of cholesterol: " bad " low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and " good " ... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 28, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Why Get a Cholesterol Test?
Title: Health Tip: Why Get a Cholesterol Test?Category: Health NewsCreated: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - November 28, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Ask Well: Am I at High Risk for a Heart Attack?
Physicians use a number of different factors to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Cholesterol Heart Blood Pressure Calculators Diabetes Source Type: news

Under Affordable Care Act, Americans have had more preventive care for heart health, UCLA study finds
By reducing out-of-pocket costs for preventive treatment, the Affordable Care Act appears to have encouraged more people to have health screenings related to their cardiovascular health,a UCLA study found. Comparing figures from 2006 through 2013, researchers found that more people were screened for diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette use and high blood pressure — all risk factors for heart disease — after the ACA was implemented than before.But the research, published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care, also revealed a disparity between men and women in one key area. Although more men who ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

HIV-positive adults are under-treated for cardiovascular problems compared to those without HIV
This study provides evidence that U.S. policymakers and professional societies should focus on improving the quality of the cardiovascular care that people who are HIV-positive receive.AUTHORSStudy authors are Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Dr. Adam Richards, Cassandra DeWitt, Nina Harawa, Steven Shoptaw, Dr. William Cunningham and Dr. John Mafi, all of UCLA. Mafi is also associated with Rand Corporation.JOURNALThestudy is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.FUNDINGGrants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and National Institute of Men...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 22, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Controversial sugar industry study resurfaces
Researchers have discovered a 1960s sugar industry-funded study that they say links a high-sugar diet to high blood cholesterol levels and cancer in rats. The study never published and has long been forgotten, until now. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New report shows better diabetes management saves money and improves patient outcomes
A recent IHS Markit report, “The Clinical and Economic Benefits of Better Treatment of Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries with Diabetes, ” simulated savings in the Medicaid program as a result of better management of diabetes. The study found that controlling blood pressure, total cholesterol and HbA1C (a key blood sugar metric) significantly reduced the onset of several chronic conditions for patients with diabetes and could save more than $4 billion based on Medicaid health care spending in 2016. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - November 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: diabetes health care spending Medicaid Ask About Adherence Medication Adherence Source Type: news

Finance trumps patients at every level – UK healthcare needs an inquiry | Aseem Malhotra
The healthcare system faces a crisis of trust; ill-informed doctors and poor research are harming patientsThe healthcare system is facing failure, rooted in an epidemic of misinformed doctors and patients.During a recent keynote lecture at theBritish Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation annual conference, I gave the example of a man who had had a heart attack and been given statins and whose months of disabling muscle pain resolved within a week of stopping taking them. His elation was cut short when his GP told him he must never stop his statin or he could die. When the audience was asked to guess ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Aseem Malhotra Tags: Healthcare Network Work practices Workforce GPs and primary care Public health Drugs Science Society NHS Source Type: news

HIV-positive adults receive inferior cardiovascular care compared with those without HIV
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) People with both HIV and risk factors for heart disease and stroke were less likely to be treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and aspirin than patients without HIV. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. judge rejects plea deal with Novelion's Aegerion
BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a plea deal that was part of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc's recent agreement to pay $40.1 million to resolve U.S. probes into its marketing of a cholesterol drug, saying it was "not in the public interest." (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cholesterol helps flu virus escape through host cell's membrane
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An MIT study provides the clearest picture yet of how viral buds filled with flu virus are pinched off from a host cell membrane before breaking free to infect again. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can Fish Oil Help Reading?
Discussion Fats and fatty acids are essential for good human health. Saturated fats have hydrogen pairs linked to each carbon on the carbon backbone. They are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Common examples are butter, lard, or hardened vegetable shortening. They are linked to higher cholesterol and triglycerides and only a small amount of them are recommended to be consumed in the diet. Unsaturated fats have one or more hydrogen atoms missing from the carbon backbone. They are liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fatty acids have one hydrogen pair that is missing from the carbon backbone. They are liq...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sit, relax, chew: Eating too fast increases your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol more than five-fold
(Natural News) It looks like the weight loss tip to eat slowly has its merits. According to a recent study, eating too fast increases the “risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.” Research findings indicate that individuals who eat fast might end up eating more because their bodies don’t have the time to realize that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If "sitting is the new smoking," who is responsible for the health consequences of desk jobs?
(Natural News) A new study that is set to be published in the forthcoming Lewis and Clark Law Review shows that sitting for prolonged periods of time can often lead to a number of health issues, which include increased body fat and cholesterol, high blood sugar, and increased high blood pressure. According to Natalie Pedersen,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New health ALERT: Statins raise risk of diabetes by 30%
TAKING statins can ramp up the risk of diabetes by almost a third, experts have found. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pre...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Good' cholesterol not so good at preventing heart disease
Raising levels of the so-called good cholesterol by blocking the activity of a certain protein does not seem to protect against heart disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cholesterol Source Type: news

Health Ranger: How I beat type-2 diabetes using food, nutrition and exercise, avoiding a lifetime of insulin and toxic pharma drugs
(Natural News) Two decades ago, I was on the path to a lifetime of type-2 diabetes. Living on processed foods and lacking exercise, I suffered from hypoglycemia, high cholesterol and numerous other health problems. Like millions of people have now achieved, however, I turned my health around with simple but powerful changes in food, nutrition... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When to Start a Statin Is a Preference-Sensitive Decision When to Start a Statin Is a Preference-Sensitive Decision
The author of this commentary explores the complex ethical, practical, and clinical considerations of extending statin treatment to all adults over 40, regardless of cardiovascular risk.Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 20 –64 Years Whose Blood Cholesterol Was Checked by a Health Professional in the Past 12 Months, by Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2011 and 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

AHA: Statins Cut Risk of MACE in Patients With ASCVD Event
Reduced frequency of MACE for patients receiving statins, especially high - intensity statins (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Conference News, Source Type: news

HDL Good vs LDL Bad Cholesterol
HDL (Good) vs. LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Meaning, Ratios, and Ranges (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

High-Dose Statins Decrease CV Events in Asian CAD Patients High-Dose Statins Decrease CV Events in Asian CAD Patients
High-dose vs low-dose pitavastatin significantly reduced CV events in patients with stable CAD, according to REAL-CAD, the first randomized trial to assess these issues in Asia.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

If sitting is the new smoking, should employers be held liable?
(Drexel University) Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. What does this mean for organizations whose employees end up sitting for at least eight hours a day? Should they be held liable for harms caused to employees in sedentary workplaces? (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tried and tested, the best DIY cholesterol kits
There is an array of devices that allow you to measure your cholesterol levels at home. They work in a similar way to a finger prick test for diabetes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news