Large Lp(a) Reductions Likely Would Cut Coronary Risk, Genes Suggest
(MedPage Today) -- Mendelian'randomization'suggests potential for benefit on par with statin (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

More than 450 deaths ‘without medical justification’ Gosport enquiry finds
Shortening of lives ‘institutionalised’ at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in 1989-2000 Related items fromOnMedica Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review CQC finds safety concerns with online primary care Treatment of whistleblowers a “stain on NHS”, say MPs GPs defend practice on prescribing statins Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

African-Americans Less Likely to Get Recommended Statin Therapy
THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 -- African-Americans are less likely than whites to be treated with statins or to receive a statin at guideline-recommended intensity, according to a study published online June 13 in JAMA Cardiology. Michael G. Nanna, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Why Are Statins Underused With Black Patients?
Title: Why Are Statins Underused With Black Patients?Category: Health NewsCreated: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Blacks Still Show Lower Statin Treatment Rates than Whites
(MedPage Today) -- Guideline-recommended therapy more often skipped in African Americans (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Why Are Statins Underused With Black Patients?
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 -- The color of a patient's skin appears to influence the medical care they receive for high cholesterol levels, a new study shows. Blacks are less likely than whites to receive appropriate treatment with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Statins - - Doing More Than Lowering Your Cholesterol?
Title: Statins - - Doing More Than Lowering Your Cholesterol?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 2:55:09 PM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

UA receives $1.1 million for study of genetic risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Some people who take statins to lower cholesterol have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Genetic epidemiologist Yann Klimentidis, Ph.D., at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Equation May Better Estimate Cardiovascular Disease Risk New Equation May Better Estimate Cardiovascular Disease Risk
If further validated, this new risk calculator would have major implications for selecting patients eligible for statins, aspirin, and antihypertensive therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Millions' prescribed wrong dose of common drugs
By updating old cardiovascular risk analyses, researchers alter the guidelines for prescribing statins, aspirin, and blood pressure drugs. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Statin recommendations may change, especially for African-Americans
Dr. Sanjay Basu was treating an African-American man whom he intuitively thought would be at a high risk for a stroke. The patient smoked; he was older and had high cholesterol. But when the doctor of internal medicine and assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University put these details into an application that calculates a person's risk based on current guidelines, it didn't agree with him. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 10 million Americans are likely taking the wrong drugs for heart health
More than 50 mil;lion Americans are recommended to take aspirin, statin or blood pressure medication, but new Stanford University research suggests those numbers are incorrect. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans
MONDAY, June 4, 2018 -- Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ask Well: How Many People Can ’ t Tolerate Statins?
Medical researchers, normally a genteel lot, disagree sharply on the extent to which side effects from statin drugs are a problem. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICHARD KLASCO, M.D. Tags: Cholesterol Muscles Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) Placebos Heart Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Source Type: news

Lipids and Lipid Lowering With Statins and PCSK9 Inhibitors Lipids and Lipid Lowering With Statins and PCSK9 Inhibitors
This commentary summarizes multiple recent studies on the use of statins and PCSK9 inhibitors as well as new insights into the relationship of HDL, LDL, the immune system, and atherosclerosis.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Association of statin use with increased risk of musculoskeletal conditions: a retrospective cohort study - Makris UE, Alvarez CA, Mortensen EM, Mansi IA.
INTRODUCTION: Musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis (OA), result in tremendous disability and cost. Statins are among the most commonly prescribed medications and their use for primary prevention in many otherwise healthy individuals, includ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Australian anti-trust watchdog loses appeal against Pfizer over Lipitor sales
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian court dismissed an appeal by the nation's anti-trust watchdog in a case against Pfizer Inc in which the regulator alleged the company had used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Chris Tarrant answers our health quiz  
The TV star, from Reading, walks three miles a day, watches what he eats and still enjoys sex. He's also taken statins and a blood-thinner since suffering a stroke in 2014. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins in Peripheral Artery Disease: Why Are We Waiting? Statins in Peripheral Artery Disease: Why Are We Waiting?
Should high-intensity statin therapy be prescribed for patients with atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease?Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

AstraZeneca sales hit by generic competitors to Crestor statin
Pharma group’s core operating profit falls 47% in first quarter (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Metformin Reduces Mild Statin-Induced Myalgia
Risk of non-severe statin muscle pain reduced in T2DM patients taking both metformin and statins, according to this recent study.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - May 15, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Gregory M. Weiss, MD Source Type: news

Statins may increase people's risk of motor neurone disease
Researchers from the University of San Diego found statins, which combat high cholesterol, increase people's risk of the condition by nine-to- 100 times depending on the drug type. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene study spots clues to heart risk for statin patients
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) A Vanderbilt-led research team has discovered genetic variations that increase the risk of heart attack even when patients are receiving a statin drug like Lipitor or Crestor to lower their blood cholesterol. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Biologic Therapies for Psoriasis May Benefit Coronary Arteries Biologic Therapies for Psoriasis May Benefit Coronary Arteries
Three high-risk coronary plaque features improved after 1 year of treatment, independent of statins, other cardiovascular medications, and improvements in risk factors.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

ANI Pharmaceuticals Completes Acquisition of Generic Products and Assets from Amneal/Impax
BAUDETTE, Minn., May 7, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("ANI") (Nasdaq: ANIP) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of six generic products, related manufacturing and su... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, Acquisitions ANI Pharmaceuticals, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Impax Laboratories, Simvastatin (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Preventing Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular Events With Niacin Preventing Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular Events With Niacin
Should niacin be used either as monotherapy or in addition to statin therapy for primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events?American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Reducing LDL-C in a Patient on High-Intensity Statin Therapy Reducing LDL-C in a Patient on High-Intensity Statin Therapy
How would you manage LDL-C in a patient already receiving high-intensity statin therapy? Take this quiz created by expert physicians from ACC.ACC.org (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Effects of statins and cholesterol on patient aggression: is there a connection? - Leppien E, Mulcahy K, Demler TL, Trigoboff E, Opler L.
Overview: Psychiatric adverse effects, including aggression, have been reported with the use of statin medications; however, there is little data to support or refute the theory that statins or low serum cholesterol do in fact increase a patient's r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

MRA reveals atherosclerosis in many low-risk patients
Approximately half of patients considered to have a low risk of developing...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: FDA: Brain coils may cause artifacts on MRA images 7T MRA delves deeper into intracranial aneurysms MRA helps detect risk from unruptured cerebral aneurysmsComments: 5/1/2018 2:00:55 PMC. Poplin MD FACP JD I am not a radiologist, but a Board-certified general internist (and an attorney).  What are we supposed to do with this information?    Does it mean all low-risk, asymptomatic patients should be screened by MRA, and if disease is found, put on a statin?  That is a lot of ...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 1, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Heart drugs: Statins could increase form of motor neurone disease risk
CONTROVERSIAL heart drugs statins increase the risk of developing a form of motor neurone disease, new research shows. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

You Asked: Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health?
If you’re looking for an easy way to transform your mood, cue the music. Studies have shown that music can buoy your mood and fend off depression. It can also improve blood flow in ways similar to statins, lower your levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol and ease pain. Listening to music before an operation can even improve post-surgery outcomes. How can music do so much good? Music seems to “selectively activate” neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, emotion regulation, attention and memory in ways that promote beneficial changes, says Kim Innes, a professor ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news

Lipids and Lipid-Lowering Medications and Cognitive Function Lipids and Lipid-Lowering Medications and Cognitive Function
What's the evidence supporting the FDA warning regarding cognitive impairment such as memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, and confusion associated with statin use?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Alcohol and Death; Falls and Exercise: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include preventing falls in the elderly, ambulatory versus clinic blood pressures, statin use benefit, and how much alcohol is okay to consume (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - April 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Higher LDL, CV Risk Magnify Expected LDL-Lowering Clinical Gains Higher LDL, CV Risk Magnify Expected LDL-Lowering Clinical Gains
The observation can inform shared decision-making when clinicians are considering intensified LDL-cholesterol management, for example, adding PCSK9 inhibitors to statins, say researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Ongoing Sex Disparity in Post-Acute MI Statin Therapy Ongoing Sex Disparity in Post-Acute MI Statin Therapy
Women are still less likely to fill a high-intensity statin prescription after MI hospitalization, despite countless initiatives aimed at eliminating sex disparities in cardiovascular care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack
Title: U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart AttackCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - April 17, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Statins save lives of people with high levels of LDL cholesterol
(University of Iowa) Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to save thousands of additional lives when used in people with higher levels of LDL cholesterol, or 'bad' cholesterol, according to a new study from the University of Iowa, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Could statins ease deadly heart condition in rare neuromuscular disease?
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Decreased HDL and ApoA-l levels in the general population are associated with an increased risk of death from cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Researchers found the FA patients had serum ApoA-I levels lower than healthy control subjects. In preclinical studies using cell models that mimicked liver cells of patients with the rare disease Friedreich's ataxia (FA), a widely used cholesterol-lowering drug increased a precursor of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the " good cholesterol. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins
The findings suggest efforts in recent years to close gender gaps in the use of recommended treatments after a heart attack have failed, according to the researchers. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Less Likely to Fill Post-MI Statin Prescription
MONDAY, April 16, 2018 -- Women are less likely than men to fill a prescription for high-intensity statins after hospitalization for myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published in the April 24 issue of the Journal of the American... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack
MONDAY, April 16, 2018 -- Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more than... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Personal Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins
Statins are often given to healthy people to prevent a potentially devastating problem, so some patients object to taking them. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) Heart Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Preventive Medicine Source Type: news

Difficult-to-Treat Sclerosing Cholangitis Eased With Statins Difficult-to-Treat Sclerosing Cholangitis Eased With Statins
Primary sclerosing cholangitis is progressive, and there is no known therapy to prevent cirrhosis, liver transplant, or progression to cancer, but a new investigation suggests statins might help.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Statins May Help in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients on anti-cholesterol drug seen at reduced risk of mortality (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 12, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Statins associated with reduced morbidity and mortality in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitischolangi
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) An award-winning register-based study reports a reduced risk of all-cause mortality, liver transplantation, liver cancer, and variceal bleeding in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis exposed to statins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Intensive Statins in Diabetes Misses Primary Endpoint: EMPATHY Intensive Statins in Diabetes Misses Primary Endpoint: EMPATHY
Among Japanese patients with diabetes, warding off a first cardiovascular or renal event was not better with statins and a low versus standard LDL-C goal, but stroke risk was lessened.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Added Statin No Benefit Over Phototherapy for Vitiligo (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Small study of European and Asian patients (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - April 9, 2018 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

AHA: Can Statins Help Prevent Brain Aneurysms From Rupturing?
THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative -- drugs to lower the odds of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In-hospital mortality following traumatic brain injury among older medicare beneficiaries, comparing statin users with nonusers - Khokhar B, Simoni-Wastila L, Slejko JF, Perfetto E, Zhan M, Smith GS.
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health concern for older adults. Small-scale human studies have suggested pre-TBI statin use is associated with decreased in-hospital mortality following TBI, highlighting the need for large-... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Anti-Statin Lobby Strikes Again: Setting the Record Straight Anti-Statin Lobby Strikes Again: Setting the Record Straight
The author of this commentary cites the dangers of recent disinformation campaigns regarding the use of statins and calls for strong denouncement by the European Society of Cardiology.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news