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Class effect of statins in elderly patients
Pilote and colleagues compared the effectiveness of 5 commonly prescribed statins in a head-to-head retrospective analysis of data 18 000 elderly patients who had AMI and who filled a prescription for a statin within 90 days after discharge. (2005-04-25)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help patients with cirrhosis
Statins used for the treatment of high cholesterol may have other beneficial effects, but there has been reluctance to prescribe them to patients with liver disease because of concerns that they may cause abnormal liver enzyme levels in the blood. (2017-09-07)

New research finds that cholesterol busting statins also reduce blood pressure
A new study led by researchers at Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick reveals that patients using cholesterol busting statins get a bonus benefit from such drugs as the Warwick researchers have now found that statins also have a positive effect on blood pressure levels. (2007-03-08)

Muscle pain and energy-rich blood: Cholesterol medicine affects the organs differently
Contrary to expectation, treatment with statins has a different effect on blood cells than on muscle cells, a new study from the University of Copenhagen reveals. Today, statins are mainly used in the treatment of elevated cholesterol, but the new results may help design drugs for a number of conditions. (2020-10-29)

Many older adults do not take prescribed statins properly
In a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study of older adults prescribed statins, first-year nonadherence and discontinuation rates were high. (2018-11-07)

News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
This issue contains the following two articles: Differential Action of 5-HT on Frontal Lobe Functions and Blocking Aß-Stimulated Inflammation with Statins. (2005-01-11)

Study shows statin use before or after stroke improves recovery
The use of statins before or after a stroke helps improve patient recovery after an ischemic stroke, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, April 9 - 16, 2005. Patients on statins before a stroke were 1.6 times more likely to have a favorable outcome compared to patients never exposed to statins. (2005-04-12)

Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes
A University of Queensland study found that women over 75 faced a 33 percent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins. The risk increased to 51 percent for those on high doses. Clinicians are urged to be aware of the risks when prescribing and carefully monitor elderly female patients. (2017-03-15)

Cholesterol-lowering medicines may be effective against cancer
Millions of people around the world use medicines based on statins to lower their blood cholesterol, but new research from the University of Gothenburg, published in the prestigious journal PNAS, shows that statins may also be effective in the treatment of cancer. (2009-10-27)

Statins have neutral effect on risk of cancer
The cholesterol-lowering medications called statins do not appear to reduce the incidence of cancer or cancer deaths, according to a meta-analysis of previous studies in the January 4 issue of JAMA. (2006-01-03)

Statins may inhibit calcium growth on aortic valve in the elderly
People who take statins may have at least 60 percent less aortic valve calcium than people who do not take statins, according to a study in the March 30 edition of The Lancet. (2002-03-28)

Statins reduce CV events in CAD patients with very low LDL-C
Aggressive treatment with statins reduces the risk of subsequent cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease even if they have very low LDL cholesterol levels, reveals research presented at ESC Congress 2013 today by Dr. Emi Nakano from Japan. (2013-08-31)

Statins linked to higher diabetes risk
Individuals who take cholesterol-lowering statins may be at higher risk for developing high blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and eventually type 2 diabetes, according to an analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. (2019-03-06)

Statins alter prostate cancer patients' PSA levels
Beyond lowering cholesterol, statin medications have been found to have numerous other health benefits, including lowering a healthy man's risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, as well as lowering his prostate-specific antigen levels. But a new study by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital finds that statins also can lower PSA levels in men with prostate cancer, potentially altering the results of a patient's PSA test and masking his risk for prostate cancer. (2009-04-28)

Study suggests statins can prevent sepsis in people with cardiovascular disease
Statins -- the drugs used to lower cholesterol -- may also reduce the risk of sepsis in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online today (Wednesday January 25, 2006) by The Lancet. (2006-01-24)

High potency statins pose significantly higher risk of kidney injury than low potency, say experts
Patients taking high potency statins for high blood pressure are at a 34 percent higher risk of being hospitalized for acute kidney injury, compared with those taking low potency statins, a paper published today on suggests. (2013-03-19)

Statins may prevent damage by Alzheimer's disease protein, USF study finds
Commonly-used cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, block damage by an Alzheimer's-associated protein in neurons and blood vessels, a study by University of South Florida researchers found. The researchers looked at the biochemical effects of statins in reducing damage from Alzheimer's disease. (2002-04-02)

Statins: Benefits questionable in low-risk patients
There is not enough evidence to recommend the widespread use of statins in people with no previous history of heart disease, according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review. Researchers say statins should be prescribed with caution in those at low risk of cardiovascular disease. (2011-01-18)

Statins: Safe, well-tolerated and effective
Statins are safe, well tolerated, and have a proven impact on cardiovascular disease, concludes an author of a review published early online and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet. (2007-06-06)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help prevent stroke recurrence
People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins after a stroke may be less likely to have another stroke later, according to research published in the May 26, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2009-05-25)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may be useful in an influenza pandemic
Recent concerns about the possibility of a serious influenza pandemic have spurred many countries to start stockpiling vaccines and antiviral agents. However, an article in the July 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online, proposes that cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could be helpful, and would be more readily available in the event of a global influenza pandemic. (2006-06-13)

Risk of hemorrhage with statins and stroke prevention drug combination
Two commonly used statins can increase the risk of hemorrhage when combined with dabigatran etexilate, a drug often used for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a study in CMAJ. (2016-11-21)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce mortality for influenza patients
Statins, traditionally known as cholesterol-lowering drugs, may reduce mortality among patients hospitalized with influenza, according to a new study released online by the Journal of Infectious Diseases. (2011-12-16)

Statins show little promise for conditions other than heart disease
Medicines commonly prescribed to reduce people's risk of heart attack may have limited use for treating other diseases, research suggests. (2018-10-08)

Statin warning for pregnant women
Pregnant women or those hoping to start or extend a family should avoid using the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins, say scientists. (2008-12-09)

Statins may exert influence on prostate cancer growth by reducing inflammation
Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may reduce inflammation in prostate tumors, possibly hindering cancer growth, according to a study led by investigators in the Duke Prostate Center. (2009-04-26)

High potency statins linked to better outcome following a heart attack
A study looking at the data of thousands of patients who suffered heart attacks has suggested treatment with high-potency statins offers a significantly improved chance of survival compared to those taking normal statins. The study, led by the University of Dundee, also found a combination of statins and the drug ezetimibe showed no improved survival rate, although researchers caution this finding needs further testing. (2014-02-20)

Statin drugs may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy
Statin drugs can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy, according to a study published in the May 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2002-05-13)

Stopping statins after stroke raises risk of death, dependency
People who stopped taking cholesterol-lowering drugs after being hospitalized for a stroke are at greater risk of death or dependency within three months of the stroke, according to a study published in the Aug. 28, 2007, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2007-08-27)

Study explores timing of muscle-related problems of statin use
Statins have been linked with muscle pain and other musculoskeletal adverse events (MAEs) in some patients. A new Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study has examined the timing of MAEs that develop during statin therapy and determined whether concomitant drugs used concurrently with statin therapy shifts the timing of MAEs. (2018-11-07)

Statins associated with improved heart structure and function
Statins are associated with improved heart structure and function, according to research presented today at EuroCMR 2017. The benefits were above and beyond the cholesterol lowering effect of statins. (2017-05-26)

Statin use associated with statistically significant reduction in colorectal cancer
A systematic review of the medical literature supports the hypothesis that statins, cholesterol‐lowering drugs used to prevent cardiac problems, are associated with reduced risk of colon and rectal cancers. A comprehensive analysis by investigators at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor included 22 scientific studies with more than 2.5 million combined participants. (2010-10-18)

Heart attack patients who stop statin risk death, say McGill researchers
Patients discontinuing statin medication following an acute myocardial infarction increase their risk of dying over the next year, say researchers at McGill University and the McGill University Health Center. Their study was published in a recent issue of the European Heart Journal. (2008-08-27)

Aspirin is most cost effective way to prevent heart disease
Aspirin and blood pressure lowering drugs can prevent heart disease at a fraction of the cost of cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and clopidogrel (an anti-clotting drug), finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-27)

Statins could ease coughing in lung disease patients, study finds
Common cholesterol-lowering drugs could provide relief to patients suffering from a chronic lung disease, a study from University of Edinburgh scientists has shown. (2014-03-24)

Statins reduce risk of stroke in heart patients
Statins can significantly reduce the incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction, or all-cause death in patients with severe carotid arterial disease not revascularized, according to a new study presented at CHEST 2006, the 72nd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians. (2006-10-23)

Clarithromycin-statin mix can cause drug interactions, requiring hospitalization
The combination of the common antibiotic clarithromycin with some statins increases the risk of adverse events, which may require hospital admission for older people, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2014-12-22)

Statins increase risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients
The use of statins is associated with a 28 percent increased risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients, found University of Toronto professor Dr. Donald Redelmeier and colleagues in a retrospective cohort analysis involving more than 280 000 patients. (2008-09-22)

Statins may help reduce blood pressure
The medications known as statins, typically prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels, may also modestly reduce blood pressure, according to a report in the April 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-04-14)

Hepatotoxicity and statins
Statins appear to be safe for people with fatty liver disease who could benefit from their cholesterol-lowering capabilities, concludes a review paper. (2005-03-25)

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