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Cholesterol levels dropping in Western nations -- but rising in Asia
Cholesterol levels are declining sharply in Western nations, but rising in low- and middle-income nations - particularly in Asia, suggests the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels. (2020-06-03)
Sharp drop in Australia's bad cholesterol levels -- but rising in Asia and Pacific
The proportion of Australians with bad cholesterol levels has dropped significantly, while Asian and Pacific countries recorded a sharp rise, according to the world's largest study on the condition. (2020-06-03)
Obesity is linked to gut microbiota disturbance, but not among statin-treated individuals
In 2012, the European Union MetaCardis consortium (www.MetaCardis.net), comprising 14 research groups from six European countries with multidisciplinary expertise set out to investigate a potential role of the gut microbiota in the development of cardio-metabolic diseases. (2020-05-06)
Cholesterol lowering drugs linked to improved gut bacteria composition in obese people
Obese Europeans who are treated with cholesterol lowering drugs have not only lower values of blood LDL cholesterol and markers of inflammation but in addition a more healthy gut bacteria profile than those obese who are not prescribed statins. (2020-05-06)
Benefits of higher doses of certain medicines fail to justify costs and risks, study shows
Clinical trial data behind drug dose recommendations for elevated cholesterol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease illustrate how larger doses may not be worth the extra costs for many types of patients. (2020-05-05)
Boosts in serum EPA levels from prescription fish oil drive heart benefits
Higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in the blood--and not a decrease in triglyceride levels as originally thought--appear to explain the striking reductions in cardiovascular events and deaths seen among people taking 4 grams daily of the prescription fish oil, icosapent ethyl, according to findings from a REDUCE-IT substudy presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-30)
Statins may protect against the heart harms of breast cancer therapies
Statins are widely used to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and related deaths, but can they also help guard against heart damage caused by certain breast cancer therapies? (2020-03-19)
Statins starve cancer cells to death
More than 35 million Americans take statin drugs daily to lower their blood cholesterol levels. (2020-03-12)
Research suggests statins could lower ovarian cancer risk
A genetic study has found evidence to suggest that women who take statins in the long term could be less likely to develop ovarian cancer. (2020-02-18)
Declines in heart attacks greater among men than women
In a study published in the American Heart Association scientific journal Circulation, Kaiser Permanente research scientists report a steady decline in heart attacks for both men and women enrolled in the health system from 2000 to 2014, although that rate of decline slowed among women in the last 5 years of the study. (2020-02-18)
New cholesterol-lowering guidelines would increase cost of treatment
The financial burden on health systems would drastically increase if new European expert guidelines for cholesterol-lowering treatment were implemented, according to a new simulation study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, published in the European Heart Journal. (2020-02-18)
Statins: Researchers uncover how cholesterol-lowering drugs cause muscle pain
Patients who take statins in order to lower their blood cholesterol levels often complain about muscle problems, typically muscle pain. (2020-02-10)
Statins may lower mortality in high-risk prostate cancer patients
Statin use alone or with metformin is associated with lower prostate cancer mortality from all causes, among high-risk patients. (2020-02-10)
Researchers reveal target in acute kidney injury prevention
Physician-Scientists and other researchers at Rush University Medical Center, in collaboration with colleagues at other institutions, have revealed a new treatment target that may help change the outcome for patients at risk of AKI. (2020-02-04)
Improving cardiovascular health of the most vulnerable
A two-year pilot project led by Rick Stouffer, MD, shows how the cardiovascular health of the most vulnerable patients can be improved with free medications. (2020-01-21)
Metabolic adaptation ensures survival of colon cancer cells
Colon cancer cells deficient in p53, one of the most important control proteins in cell growth, activate a particular metabolic pathway to adapt to the lack of oxygen and nutrients inside the tumor. (2019-12-12)
Aspirin may no longer be effective as cardiovascular treatment
A new paper in Family Practice, published by Oxford University Press, found that the widespread use of statins and cancer screening technology may have altered the benefits of aspirin use. (2019-12-09)
Research reveals no link between statins and memory loss
Over 6 years, researchers evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia. (2019-11-18)
Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some patients
Given consumer concern that statins may be associated with memory or cognitive decline, a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology may offer reassurance, as no difference was found in the rate of memory or cognitive decline of elderly statin-users compared to never-users. (2019-11-18)
15-year study finds treatment gaps exist for patients with peripheral arterial disease
In a new 15-year study, researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City found that patients with eripheral arterial disease may not be prescribed life-saving medications at the same rate as for other heart conditions. (2019-11-17)
'Nudging' heart patients to take their statins leads to better adherence and better outcomes
In a new study presented to heart specialists from around the world, researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City found that simple 'nudges' in the form of texts, emails and phone calls, not only help patients fill that first statin prescription, but also continue to help them take their medications over the long term. (2019-11-14)
Cholesterol levels in American adults declining since 2013 guideline release
The implementation of the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol has led to improved overall cholesterol levels for American adults, especially those on cholesterol lowering medications, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that examined the impact of the highly anticipated guideline several years after release. (2019-11-11)
Anti-inflammatory agents can effectively and safely curb major depressive symptoms
Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin/paracetamol, statins, and antibiotics, can safely and effectively curb the symptoms of major depression, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. (2019-10-28)
New study may have the reason why heart medication gives muscle pain
The McMaster research team found muscle cells treated with statins released the amino acid called glutamate at much higher levels than muscle cells that were untreated. (2019-10-15)
Statins linked to higher risk of diabetes and skin infections
Statins have been reported to be beneficial for infections such as pneumonia and Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia. (2019-10-09)
Study provides insights on statins' link to lower prostate cancer risk
In a Cancer Medicine study of cancer-free men followed for a median of seven years, statin use was associated with a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. (2019-10-09)
Statins could increase or decrease osteoporosis risk -- the dosage makes the difference
A study by the Medical University of Vienna and the Complexity Science Hub Vienna shows for the first time a connection between the dosage of cholesterol-lowering drugs -- statins -- and the diagnosis of osteoporosis. (2019-09-30)
It is never too late to start statins for clogged leg arteries
Statins are linked with reduced mortality in patients with peripheral arterial disease, even when started late after diagnosis, reports a study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (2019-09-03)
It takes a community to lower cardiovascular risk
People in 16 communities received usual care and those in 14 communities had an intervention that included the initiation and monitoring of treatments and controlling risk factors by non-physician health workers using computer tablet-based management algorithms and counselling; the provision of free antihypertensive and statin medicines recommended by non-physician health workers under supervision of physicians, and the involvement of a friend or family member to support adherence to medications and lifestyle advice. (2019-09-02)
European guidelines on lipid control advocate 'lower is better' for cholesterol levels
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels should be lowered as much as possible to prevent cardiovascular disease, especially in high and very high risk patients. (2019-08-31)
Scientists identify potential cause of statin-related muscle pain
An international team of BHF-funded researchers may have discovered why some people experience muscle pain after taking statins and have shown that moderate exercise may be a good way for people taking statins to avoid these symptoms. (2019-08-26)
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease for healthy 75-year-olds who stop taking statins
A nationwide study of 120,173 people in France, who were aged 75 between 2012 and 2014 and had been taking statins continuously for two years, has found those who stopped taking their statins had a 33% increased risk of being admitted to hospital with heart or blood vessel problems during an average follow-up period of 2.4 years. (2019-07-30)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs under-prescribed for prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Statins, the most commonly used effective lipid-lowering drugs, are significantly underutilized to treat lipid abnormalities in patients with and at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), according to a retrospective study of more than 280,000 patients in Alberta, Canada. (2019-07-15)
Heart attack patients with diabetes may benefit from cholesterol-lowering injections
Regular injections of a cholesterol-cutting drug could reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with diabetes and who have had a recent heart attack. (2019-07-01)
Statin use reduces mortality and stroke risk in dementia patients, new study shows
The study, which analyzed 44,920 Swedish dementia patients from the Swedish Dementia Registry between 2008-2015, found users of statins had a 22% lower risk of all-cause death compared to matched non-users. (2019-06-30)
Long-term statin use associated with lower glaucoma risk
A new study brings the connection between statin use and risk of glaucoma into sharper focus. (2019-06-26)
Cholesterol medication could invite diabetes, study suggests
A study of thousands of patients' health records found that those who were prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins had at least double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (2019-06-25)
Artificial intelligence improves heart attack risk assessment
When used with a common heart scan, machine learning (ML), a type of artificial intelligence, does better than conventional risk models at predicting heart attacks and other cardiac events, according to a new study. (2019-06-25)
Statin therapy reduced the risk of stroke and possibly other cardiovascular complications in cancer patients following radiation
Cancer patients who took statin medication had a 32% reduction in stroke following radiation therapy to the chest, head or neck. (2019-06-19)
Lowering cholesterol is not enough to reduce hyperactivity of the immune system
Despite treatment with statins, many patients with elevated cholesterol levels will still develop cardiovascular disease. (2019-06-13)
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