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Danish discovery can pave the way for more effective cholesterol medicine
More than 600,000 Danes are being treated with cholesterol lowering medicine. 98 per cent of them are treated with statins, which curb the body's own production of cholesterol so that the level of cholesterol falls. However, statins also give rise to the body forming more of a harmful protein - known as PCSK9 - which counters the effect of the statins. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Beta blockers not needed after heart attack if other medications taken
A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds beta blockers are not needed after a heart attack if heart-attack survivors are taking ACE inhibitors and statins. The study is the first to challenge the current clinical guideline that heart-attack survivors should take all three drugs - beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins - for the rest of their lives. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

With ACEi/ARB Tx Plus Statins, Dropping Beta-Blockers OK Post-MI (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Beta-blockers of no added benefit when patients already adhere to other two meds (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - September 18, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Beta blockers not needed after heart attack if other medications taken
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds beta blockers are not needed after a heart attack if heart-attack survivors are taking ACE inhibitors and statins. The study is the first to challenge the current clinical guideline that heart-attack survivors should take all three drugs -- beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins -- for the rest of their lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Most people newly recommended to take statins are from disadvantaged backgrounds, less likely to have health insurance and take medications as prescribed: study
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - September 15, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Pearls From Steven Nissen, MD: On Statin Denial and Cult Diets
Dr Steven Nissen says statins and climate change share similar public opinion problems and suggests counter tactics. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 14, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Crystal Phend Source Type: news

ASK THE DOCTOR: Dr Martin Scurr answers your queries
The Daily Mail's resident GP answers your queries on everything and anything. This week, statins and shingles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Queen’s former doctor wants check-ups for statin patients
PATIENTS prescribed statins should be given a GP check-up weeks later to see whether they are suffering side effects, the Queen ’s former doctor says. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes and statins link: Do the cholesterol-busting drugs increase risk?
TYPE 2 diabetes is a growing health concern in the UK - with thousands of people diagnosed with the condition every year. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data Support that Diet Can Reverse Heart Disease
(MedPage Today) -- Dean Ornish, MD, and Kim Williams, MD, respond to Nissen video on statins (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Statins Tied to Reduced Mortality Risk in COPD
Statin exposure associated with lower all - cause, pulmonary mortality (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer
Deaths from lung-related causes were reduced by as much as 45 percent, study suggests (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer
Deaths from lung - related causes were reduced by as much as 45 percent, study suggests (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pharmacy, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Statins May Help People with COPD Live Longer
Deaths from lung-related causes were reduced by as much as 45 percent, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: COPD, Statins (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer
FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 -- Drugs known as statins may have benefits beyond lowering " bad " LDL cholesterol levels. A new study suggests people with chronic lung disease who take these drugs may extend their survival. The study from Canada included... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Statins Help Healthy People Lower Their 'Bad' Cholesterol
Title: Statins Help Healthy People Lower Their 'Bad' CholesterolCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/7/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/8/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - September 8, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer
Title: Statins May Help People With COPD Live LongerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/8/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/8/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - September 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Statins Help Healthy People Drop 'Bad' Cholesterol
Study found taking them lowered risk of heart disease, death in those with high LDL levels (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28% finds study
Conclusion This new analysis found that men without cardiovascular disease who were prescribed a statin were less likely to go on to develop heart disease or have a major cardiovascular event. These findings from the five-year randomised controlled trial are useful – there's been a lot of debate about whether giving statins to people without any cardiovascular disease is helpful. But it's harder to draw conclusions from the longer term results, as these were from a non-randomised observational period. Potential confounding factors – such as the men's attitude to medicine, risk and health – may have influe...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Statins Help Healthy People Lower Their'Bad' Cholesterol
Study found taking them lowered risk of heart disease, death in those with high LDL levels Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cholesterol, Heart Diseases--Prevention, Statins (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins slash the risk of death from cirrhosis by half
Researchers from the University Hospital of Hvidovre in Denmark found statins reduce the risk of dying from the alcohol-related disorder by 43 per cent but doctors are reluctant to prescribe them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins Help Healthy People Lower Their'Bad' Cholesterol
THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Cholesterol-lowering statins reduce the risk of heart disease and death in otherwise healthy people who have very high levels of " bad " LDL cholesterol, a long-term study finds. For 20 years, more than 5,500 men in Scotland... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Statins cut coronary heart disease deaths by 28% in men with high cholesterol
Daily statins reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 28% in men with very high LDL cholesterol, according to the 'longest ever' study measuring use of the treatment. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.1 Cardiovascular Problems Source Type: news

Imperial College London study finds statins do work
Imperial College London scientists say the benefits of the pills are so convincing that they should be offered to patients in their 30s and 40s. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins CAN save your life - Heart pills slash risk of early death by 28%, says new study
STATINS are the quickest and safest way to lower cholesterol and ward off heart disease, a study claims. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins DO work, 20-year study finds  
Imperial College London scientists say the benefits of the pills are so convincing that they should be offered to patients in their 30s and 40s. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins cut the risk of heart disease death by 28% among men, study shows
Longest study of its kind concludes current prescribing guidelines are correct, and that statins show impressive benefits for men with high cholesterol levelsStatins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind.The 20-year project examined data from 2,560 men taking part in a randomised clinical trial to test the effects of statins versus a placebo.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Statins Science Health Medical research Society Source Type: news

New Lipid Hypothesis Suggests CETP Inhibitors Better Without Statins New Lipid Hypothesis Suggests CETP Inhibitors Better Without Statins
A new genetic study has found that apoB is a better predictor of cardiovascular risk than LDL and that the beneficial effects of CETP inhibitors on apoB appear to be blunted by statins.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

ACC Updates Guidelines on Non-Statin Therapy in Patients with ASCVD (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH The American College of Cardiology has updated its expert consensus decision pathway on using non-statin drugs to lower LDL cholesterol in patients with clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The document, published in the … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pearls From: Steven Nissen, MD
(MedPage Today) -- Fight statin denial and cult diets'with good facts and good science'(Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - September 5, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Lipid Tests for Statin Therapy; News from ESC; ACS Risk in RA Patients
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Statin Therapy Reduces Amputation Risk in Diabetes and PAD Statin Therapy Reduces Amputation Risk in Diabetes and PAD
Statin use may help protect against the risk of lower-extremity amputation among patients with type 2 diabetes and peripheral artery disease.Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Anti-inflammatory drug may help prevent heart attacks
Conclusion This well-conducted study shows promising signs that canakinumab may reduce the risk of future heart attacks and other cardiovascular events in people who've had them in the past. But before any changes are made to the current licensing of this drug, further research is needed to confirm the beneficial effects and the optimal dose. Most importantly, researchers will need to focus on the observation that the drug lowered white blood cell counts and increased the risk of fatal infection. They estimated around 1 in every 300 people taking canakinumab would die of a fatal infection. This number, while low, is sti...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Statins side effects: THIS could be the reason you experience muscle pain
STATINS are prescribed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. However, they have been known to cause some side effects. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Atorvastatin Treatment and Risk of Diabetic Foot Infection Atorvastatin Treatment and Risk of Diabetic Foot Infection
Previous atorvastatin use may help protect against the development of diabetic foot infection among adult patients with diabetes, a new study reports.Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Statins users 'are genetically predisposed to suffering muscle aches and pains'
PEOPLE are genetically predisposed to suffering muscle aches and pains when taking statins, a new study found. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic link to pain caused by taking statins
The discovery could lead to a method of screening patients to identify those most likely to react badly to the cholesterol-lowering drugs, often developing severe aches and pains (file photo of statins). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Virtual Histology Sub-Study Evaluates Impact Of Repatha ® (Evolocumab) On Coronary Artery Plaque Composition
Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Presented at ESC 2017 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced results from an exploratory virtual histology sub-study of the Repatha® (evolocumab) GLAGOV Phase 3 coronary intravascular ultrasound imaging trial that looked at coronary artery plaque composition. While virtual histology demonstrated an increase in dense calcium in coronary artery plaques in both the statin and Repatha arms, it did not detect a statistically significant difference between the two treatment groups. However, the observed directional trend in increased den...
Source: Amgen News Release - August 29, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Statins halve the risk of breast cancer
Senior study author from Aston University, Birmingham, Dr Rahul Potluri, said: ‘This is the most conclusive evidence as yet to confirm the link between high cholesterol and breast cancer'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Japanese study questions benefit of treat-to-target statin therapy (EMPATHY)
(European Society of Cardiology) A study in Japanese patients with diabetic retinopathy has questioned the benefit of treat-to-target intensive versus standard statin therapy. The late-breaking results from the EMPATHY trial are presented today in a Hot Line LBCT Session at ESC Congress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anacetrapib reduces risk of serious cardiovascular events in high risk patients (REVEAL)
(European Society of Cardiology) Anacetrapib, an inhibitor of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) activity, lowers the risk of heart attack and related cardiovascular complications in patients receiving intensive statin treatment, according to late-breaking results from the REVEAL trial presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress and published in the NEJM. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anti-inflammatory drug breakthrough
Scientists say lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk Related items fromOnMedica Some anti-inflammatory drugs could help treat depression Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention Higher dose statins could prolong lives of CVD patients Statins might not cut colorectal cancer risk after all (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New Drug, Canakinumab, May Fight Heart Disease in Whole New Way
MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- Move over, statins: New research finds that a medication aimed at dampening the body's inflammatory response may be a new tool to curb heart disease. The findings were presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 28, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Heart attack CURE? Breakthrough drug to reduce risk could be better than statins
HEART attack risk can be reduced by factors including tackling high blood pressure - and people can take statins to lower cholesterol. However now experts have revealed a new drug could prevent the often fatal episodes. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anti-inflammatory drug 'cuts heart attack risk'
Canakinumab is hailed as the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the discovery of statins. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New heart treatment is biggest breakthrough since statins, scientists say
US researchers find heart attack survivors given anti-inflammatory injections have fewer future episodes and lower cancer riskAnti-inflammatory injections could lower the risk of heart attacks and may slow the progression of cancer, a study has found, in what researchers say is the biggest breakthrough since the discovery of statins.Heart attack survivors given injections of a targeted anti-inflammatory drug called canakinumab had fewer attacks in the future, scientists found. Cancer deaths were also halved in those treated with the drug, which is normally used only for rare inflammatory conditions.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 28, 2017 Category: Science Authors: James Rudd Tags: Medical research Education Higher education Heart attack Society Science Health US news World news Source Type: news

Study suggests statins associated with lower rates of breast cancer and mortality
(European Society of Cardiology) A 14 year study in more than one million people has found that women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality. The research, presented today at ESC Congress, suggests that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Drug Aimed at Inflammation May Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer
A milestone finding for researchers, the connection of inflammatory responses to such illnesses could open the door to new treatments. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Brigham and Women's Hospital Lancet, The (Journal) Heart Lung Cancer Smoking and Tobacco Cholesterol Research Preventive Medicine Stroke Immune System Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) Clinical Trials Methotrexate (Drug) Ridke Source Type: news

Women less likely to receive recommended statin doses to prevent cardiovascular events
(European Society of Cardiology) Women at high risk of cardiovascular events are less likely to receive recommended statin doses for secondary prevention, according to results from the DYSIS study presented today at ESC Congress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Statins for Kids; Lead Extraction; Cardiac Rehab Underused; Afib in T1D
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - August 25, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news