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2008-10-13 12:00:42

One of the biggest challenges facing primary care physicians treating patients with high cholesterol is getting patients to agree and adhere to recommended treatments, be they in the form of pharmaceutical therapy, lifestyle modifications, or a combination of each. At the annual American Academy of Communication in Healthcare (AACH '08) conference in Madison this month, David Franke, manager of analytics for Verilogue, will reveal the four primary concerns patients use to negotiate their way...

2008-09-10 09:00:48

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent survey findings indicate that most self-described US Hispanics lack an understanding of atherosclerosis despite their overall knowledge of cholesterol risk factors, treatment options and behavioral choices necessary to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. These findings are based on a national survey conducted by AstraZeneca to better understand the opinions and behaviors of Hispanic Americans around high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. The...

2008-08-26 03:00:17

By Strazewski, Len Use of CDHPs requires agents to work closely with employers and plan providers Consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) may be exciting new plan designs for managing and sometimes reducing employer health plans costs, but they aren't without pitfalls. Critics say that by giving employees control over thousands of dollars in health spending, the plans may discourage timely and appropriate health care, leaving the participants vulnerable to medical complications and bigger...

2008-07-23 15:00:31

By JANJARVIS FORT WORTH, Texas - Beverly Morgan of Arlington, Texas, was 16 when she started taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. But she eventually abandoned the medication. "I would rather control my cholesterol with exercise and diet simply because when you do put drugs in your body, you're going to have side effects," said Morgan, 19, a student at Mountain View Community College in Dallas. "I try to take as little medications as possible." While many people share...

2008-07-22 00:00:16

By Jan Jarvis FORT WORTH, Texas - Beverly Morgan of Arlington, Texas, was 16 when she started taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. However, she eventually abandoned the medication. "I would rather control my cholesterol with exercise and diet, simply because when you do put drugs in your body, you're going to have side effects," said Morgan, 19, a student at Mountain View Community College in Dallas. "I try to take as little medications as possible." While many people...

2008-07-10 15:00:13

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued its recommendation on July 7 regarding the treatment of children with high cholesterol, it generated a strong response from the community of medical professionals and patients. The National Lipid Association (NLA), a group of healthcare professionals who specialize in cholesterol and heart disease issues, believes that the AAP has acted in the interests of patient care by raising the issue of...

2008-07-08 12:00:16

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 8--Overweight children should be routinely screened for high cholesterol and medicated as young as 8, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation's largest pediatricians group. The doctors who issued the guidelines said changes are urgent because of the rise in childhood obesity and the increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease in children and adults. Research over the past four decades...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Tara Parker Pope U.S. pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems. The new guidelines, issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, also call for giving children low-fat milk after 12 months of age. The push to aggressively screen and medicate for high cholesterol in children is certain to incite controversy amid a...

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2007-12-13 00:30:00

Americans may be too fat, but at least their cholesterol is low. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cholesterol level for U.S. adults is in the ideal range, the government reported Wednesday. Results from a national survey that included blood tests found the total average cholesterol level dropped to 199 last year. Experts consider 200 and lower to be ideal. The growing use of cholesterol-lowering pills in middle-aged and older people is believed to be a key reason for the...

2006-11-06 12:00:27

By Peter Popham High in the Italian Alps above the Venetian coast is a village where people do not fall ill. They eat red meat, they drink wine and grappa, many of them smoke, but the crippling, much-feared diseases of civilisation pass them by. They have high cholesterol because of their diet, but it doesn't lead to heart attacks. Hypertension is almost unknown. Very few suffer from diabetes. Cancer is rare. Genetic disease is unheard of. The village is called Stoccareddo, and it is...