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2010-06-30 09:34:05

A meta-analysis of previously published studies finds no evidence that statins are associated with a reduced risk of death among individuals at risk for but with no history of cardiovascular disease, according to a report in the June 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Statins are now one of the most widely used drugs for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease both among individuals with established disease and among high-risk healthy...

2010-05-03 14:54:46

New study finds post-operative statin use decreases the need for revision surgery The use of statins "“ drugs commonly prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels "“ may play an important role in decreasing complications among patients undergoing total hip replacement (THR), according to a study published in the May 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). "We found that use of statins substantially reduced the risk of revision after hip replacement surgery,...

2010-04-19 15:35:34

WASHINGTON, D.C. "” Statins did not protect patients against colorectal adenomas, which are benign precursors of colorectal cancer, according to results of a secondary analysis of the Adenoma Prevention with Celecoxib (APC) trial. In a population at high-risk for developing these lesions, results of this analysis suggested statin use may increase the risk of developing benign colorectal tumors. Researchers presented results of this analysis at the American Association for Cancer...

2010-01-20 14:34:03

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists lead effort that identifies a novel way statins protect cells from a host of bacterial toxins New research suggests a family of widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs might help protect individuals from serious illness following bacterial infection, including the pneumococcal infections that pose a deadly threat to those with sickle cell disease. Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators reported that drugs called...

2009-10-28 21:27:26

Besides their tremendous value in treating high cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart disease, statins have also been reported to potentially lower the risks of other diseases, such as dementia. However, a study in the October Journal of Lipid Research finds that similar statin drugs can have profoundly different effects on brain cells "“both beneficial and detrimental. These findings reinforce the idea that great care should be taken when deciding on the dosage and type of statin...

2009-06-30 12:25:26

A non-profit senior health organization says the use of statins might significantly reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease in the United States. The Senior Center for Health and Security has released a white paper saying the adverse health and financial impact of cardiovascular disease -- the number one killer of men and women in the United States -- can be significantly reduced through the well monitored use of statins. The paper explores the ramifications of heart disease and stroke,...

2009-06-22 10:23:46

High cholesterol levels are considered to be a risk factor not only for cardiovascular disease including stroke, but also for the development of Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, many cholesterol lowering drugs, including statins, have been developed in recent years. In addition to the cholesterol reducing effect of statins Amalia Dolga, PhD, of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and her co-investigators have demonstrated that statins can protect nerve cells against damage which we...

2009-06-16 16:06:32

 Taking popular cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor® (atorvastatin), does not lower the risk of pneumonia. That's the new finding from a study of more than 3,000 Group Health patients published online on June 16 in advance of the British Medical Journal's June 20 print issue."Prior research based on automated claims data had raised some hope"”and maybe some hype"”for statins as a way to prevent and treat infections including pneumonia," said...

2009-05-06 14:43:59

Statins, which lower cholesterol, may have a protective effect in the prevention of liver cancer and may reduce gallbladder removal risk, U.S. researchers say. One study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, said that statin use is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer, among patients with diabetes. Our study provides the first indication of a cancer preventive effect for statins specific to hepatocellular carcinoma, lead...

2009-05-06 08:22:35

Additional study warrants further evaluation of longer durations of statin use among diabetics The commonly used prescription statin drugs may have a protective effect in the prevention of liver cancer and lead to a reduction in the need for gallbladder removals, according to two studies published in Gastroenterology. As millions of Americans use statins each day to help lower their cholesterol and risk of heart disease, researchers are learning of the beneficial effects these drugs may have...


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