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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

CoQ10 Supplementation and Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms CoQ10 Supplementation and Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms
Deficiency of CoQ10, or ubiquinone, has been proposed as a mechanism underlying statin-associated muscle symptoms. This review examines the current evidence.American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

More than 150,000 people a year are at risk of developing heart disease
Four in five of those who took part in the NHS Health Check scheme since 2013 were found to need statins but were not prescribed it, according to figures released by Public Health England. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statin Use Linked With Decreased Risk for DLBCL
In this large population-based, case-control study, having ever used a statin was linked to lower risk of total NHL and certain NHL subtypes, including DLBCL. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - March 30, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Hematologic Malignancies News Source Type: news

Statins in PA/LTC Patients With Diabetes: Is This Quality?
SUPD? Have you heard this acronym before but have no idea what it stands for? Is it short for What ’S UP Doc? Or a short-order cook’s abbreviation for Soup of the Day? In the Medicare world, SUPD stands for Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes. It is a quality measure that relates to cardiovascular disease and was endorsed by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) in 2014. This measure evaluates the percentage of patients who were dispensed a medication to treat diabetes and who also received a statin medication. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - March 29, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Jeanne Manzi Tags: LTC Pharmacy Source Type: news

Selective prescribing of statins and the risk of mortality, hospitalizations, and falls in aged care services - Korhonen MJ, Ilom äki J, Sluggett JK, Brookhart MA, Visvanathan R, Cooper T, Robson L, Bell JS.
BACKGROUND: Compared to randomized controlled trials, nonexperimental studies often report larger survival benefits but higher rates of adverse events for statin use vs nonuse. OBJECTIVE: We compared characteristics of statin users and nonusers liv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Severe Dyslipidemia Often Goes Untreated Severe Dyslipidemia Often Goes Untreated
Many patients with dangerously high cholesterol don ’ t take statins, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: theHeart.org)
Source: theHeart.org - March 27, 2018 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Severely elevated cholesterol often goes untreated
(Reuters Health) - Many patients with dangerously high cholesterol or a genetic predisposition to it don ’t take statin drugs that can lower cholesterol, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Severe High Cholesterol Often Inadequately Treated
(MedPage Today) -- Statins reach less than 40% of patients, and improvement has been slow nationally (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Diet May Be a Source of'Statin' Exposure Diet May Be a Source of'Statin' Exposure
Diet may be to blame in patients who develop immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy with anti-HMG CoA reductase antibodies and no history of statin use.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Statins and hayfever pills could be fueling antibiotic resistance
Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, studied the effects of 1,000 common drugs on 40 strains of gut bacteria to make the conclusion. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Cholesterol Drug Lowers Risk of Death
A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart attack risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors. ... Also of Interest Find out how your drugs int... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - March 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Metformin, Statins Not Linked With Ovarian Cancer Risk in Diabetic Patients
A large study found no association between the use of metformin or statins and the incidence of ovarian cancer in women with type 2 diabetes. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - March 16, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Gynecologic Cancers News Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

NHS figures reveal the 20 drugs dished out most
NHS Digital figures show that statins were the most common prescription across England in 2017 - with more than 62 million of the cholesterol-busting drugs prescribed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Variant of LILRB5 Is Associated With Statin Intolerance Variant of LILRB5 Is Associated With Statin Intolerance
The authors identify a novel immunogenetic factor associated with statin intolerance, potentially opening the door for pre-treatment pharmacogenetic testing or diagnosis of statin-induced myopathy.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

SECURE-PCI:'Statin Loading' in ACS Doesn't Cut 30-Day Event Risk SECURE-PCI:'Statin Loading' in ACS Doesn't Cut 30-Day Event Risk
But 30-day events dropped significantly after two big atorvastatin doses in one predefined subgroup of the trial's broad acute coronary syndrome population, a secondary but enticing result.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Statins in the Elderly: Evidence-Based or Not? Statins in the Elderly: Evidence-Based or Not?
What does the evidence show, and is it enough to guide decisions about statins for older adults?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Viewpoint Source Type: news

Statin takers could cut heart attack risk by taking new fortnightly jab
A FORTNIGHTLY jab of an anti-cholesterol drug cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke by a quarter, research shows. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Benefits Likely with Very Early Statins in ACS Patients
(MedPage Today) -- Loading doses may help those getting stenting, however (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 11, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Study finds cholesterol drug lowers death risk – but is it affordable?
Praluent, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors , study finds (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Cholesterol Drug Combination Might Lower Your Risk of Death, Study Finds
(ORLANDO) — A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover the pricey treatment more often. Results on the drug, Praluent, were announced Saturday at an American College of Cardiology conference in Florida. It’s the first time a cholesterol-lowering drug has reduced deaths since statins such as Lipitor and Crestor came out decades ago. “It’s the ultimate outcome; it’s what matters to patients,” said study leader Dr. Philippe Gabriel Steg of Hospital Bichat i...
Source: TIME: Health - March 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marilyn Marchione / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Zocor (Simvastatin) - updated on RxList
Learn about Zocor (Simvastatin) may treat high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, uses, dosage, side effects, risk, drug interactions, warnings, patient labeling, reviews, and related medications. (Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Does Annette Need a Statin?
Annette is 61-years-old; she is treated for hypertension but today is concerned about her risk for heart attack because her father had a first MI at age 60. How would you proceed? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 2, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Michael Shapiro, MD Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases Source Type: news

Introduction of generic version reduces atorvastatin expenditure
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - March 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

No Link Found for Metformin or Statins and Ovarian Cancer
Findings based on a Finnish study involving a national cohort of women with type 2 diabetes (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - February 27, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news

Statins Affect Skeletal Muscle Performance Statins Affect Skeletal Muscle Performance
Find out how muscle function and exercise performance are impacted among patients receiving statin treatment.Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Diet Can Trigger Severe Myopathy Often Blamed on Statins
(MedPage Today) -- Case report showed woman didn't take statins or supplements (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - February 20, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Nonstatin drug use increases by 124% in U.S.; related expenditures triple
Despite the weak evidence of benefit from non-statin use, in 2012-2013 nearly 8 million adults reported using nonstatin drugs — often paid for out of pocket. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

HOPE-3: No Effect of CVD Drugs on Erectile Function HOPE-3: No Effect of CVD Drugs on Erectile Function
A prespecified analysis of the large HOPE-3 trial finds neither help nor harm on erectile function from cardiovascular drugs, including statins or the antihypertensive combination of candesartan plus low-dose thiazide.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Considerations for Statin Use, Toxicity, and Interactions Considerations for Statin Use, Toxicity, and Interactions
This brief primer gives an overview of the specific pharmacology for the various statin drugs, their adverse effects, and potential for drug interactions.Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Statin Critic Accused Of Image Manipulation In Earlier Research
A journalist who has been a frequent critic of statins has been publicly accused of scientific misconduct involving image manipulation in an earlier research paper. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Larry Husten, Contributor Source Type: news