Serious studies on the many risks of statins

I have decided to post a quick data rebuttal, after the publishing of a few misguided headlines (i.e ” Statins have virtually no side-effects, study finds”, and “Give statins to all over-40s, says heart surgery pioneer”, from the London Telegraph ).  This coincides with the wildly unsubstantiated recommendations being presented in prescribing statins . I felt I was…

Wider use of statins ‘disturbing’

Wider use of statins will have minimal benefit and could needlessly expose   thousands to severe side effects, doctors warn following change in US   prescription guidelines New US guidelines on statins, issued on Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, recommend that doctors should consider prescribing the drugs to all people…

146th Health Research Report 11 JAN 2013

    In this issue: 1. Foodborne Illness Could Have Sinister Causes : Medications being intentionally added 2. Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles 3. Sublingual immunotherapy shows promise as treatment for peanut allergy 4. Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk 5. Disappearing bacterium may protect against stroke 6. High fiber diet…

Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles: Up to 75 per cent of patients

Painful side effects Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect. The results have just been published in the well-reputed Journal of American…

Merck cholesterol drug fails; risks seen/ But yet approved in the European Union in since 2008

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:03 GMT Reuters * Cites increase in nonfatal side effects * Says it will not seek U.S. approval of high-profile drug * Failure is latest setback for HDL-raising drugs * Merck shares fall 2.5 percent  (Adds analyst comment, updates shares movement) By Ransdell Pierson Dec 20 (Reuters) – A major trial…

Compounds in nonstick cookware and drinking water may be associated with elevated cholesterol in children and teens

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Kim Fetty fettyki@wvuh.com 304-293-7087 JAMA and Archives Journals Children and teens with higher blood levels of chemicals used in the production of non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics appear more likely to have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of…

New insights into link between anti-cholesterol statin drugs and depression

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Scientists are reporting a possible explanation for the symptoms of anxiety and depression that occur in some patients taking the popular statin family of anti-cholesterol drugs, and reported by some individuals on low-cholesterol diets. These symptoms could result from long-term, low levels…

Pfizer can do no wrong, or at least not enough to get found guilty ( Off-guideline does not equate to off-label )

Suit Over Pfizer Lipitor Labels Gave Judge ‘Paine’ By ADAM KLASFELD BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) – A federal judge invoked Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” in dismissing allegations that Pfizer illegally marketed its cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor. In her fifth complaint against Pfizer under the False Claims Act, former employee Dr. Jesse Polansky faulted the pharmaceutical company for…

142nd Health Research Report 16 NOV 2012

  Editors Top five: Caffeine improves recognition of positive words Drinking green tea with starchy food may help lower blood sugar spikes Link Found Between Child Prodigies and Autism Triclosan in cosmetics and personal care products can increase allergy risk Eating more fish could reduce postpartum depression In This Issue: Daily doses of a new…

Daily doses of a new probiotic reduces ‘bad’ and total cholesterol: Lactobacillus reuteri

Abstract 11348 – Embargoed until 8 a.m. PT /11 a.m. ET November 05, 2012 This news release is featured in a news conference at 8 a.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Study Highlights: A new probiotic lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol and total cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol. The probiotic reduced molecules known as…

Cholesterol-reducing drugs may lessen brain function, says ISU researcher

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Yeon-Kyun Shin colishin@iastate.edu 515-294-2530 Iowa State University AMES, Iowa — Research by an Iowa State University scientist suggests that cholesterol-reducing drugs known as statins may lessen brain function. Yeon-Kyun Shin, a biophysics professor in the department of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, says the results of his study show…

Most heart attack patients’ cholesterol levels did not indicate cardiac risk: half of the patients with a history of heart disease had LDL cholesterol levels lower than 100 mg/dL

Contact: Rachel Champeau rchampeau@mednet.ucla.edu 310-794-2270 University of California – Los Angeles A new national study has shown that nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event, according to current national cholesterol guidelines. Specifically, these patients had low-density…

Obese kids’ artery plaque similar to middle-aged adults

Contact: AHA News Media Staff Office bridgette.mcneill@heart.org 504-670-6524 American Heart Association Abstract 6077; this abstract is also featured in a news conference The neck arteries of obese children and teens look more like those of 45-year-olds, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2008. “There’s a saying that ‘you’re as old…