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2009-02-10 11:46:21

An Israeli study suggests patients with high cholesterol levels who continually take statins have a lower risk of death over four to five years. Researchers at Maccabi Healthcare Services and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, said the lower death risk was seen regardless of whether the patients already had diagnosed heart disease. In the study, Dr. Varda Shalev and colleagues analyzed data from 229,918 adults enrolled in a health maintenance organization who began taking...

2009-02-10 09:07:11

Patients with high cholesterol levels who continually take statins appear to have a lower risk of death over four to five years, regardless of whether they already have diagnosed heart disease, according to a report in the February 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.Statin drugs have been shown to have a beneficial effect on levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol, according to background information in the article. The benefits...

2009-02-09 09:28:00

They've been hailed as miracle drugs for the heart, but statins aren't getting rave reviews when it comes to cancer prevention. A new study conducted in mice suggests these drugs, which lower cholesterol, have little or no effect on warding off breast cancer. Mice in the study were given two different statins, atorvastatin and lovastatin, in their regular diets. Neither led to a lower rate of breast cancer. The researchers also compared the mice that were given statins to those who received...

2009-02-05 08:46:30

Laboratory work in animals showed limited activity when statins were given to prevent breast cancer, according to a report in the February issue of Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Statins, sold under brand names like Lipitor and Zocor, are primarily given to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, and prominent cardiologists almost universally agree that their use has changed the landscape. The use of these drugs in cancer prevention...

2008-12-10 16:16:09

Pregnant women or those hoping to get pregnant should avoid using the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, scientists in Britain said. A 2007 study examining the risk of congenital anomalies in children of pregnant women using statins suggest the detrimental effects of the drugs may be restricted to fat-soluble or lipophilic statins only. However, University of Manchester researchers show that even water-soluble or hydrophilic statins, such as pravastatin, can affect placental development...

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2008-12-09 11:55:38

Pregnant women or those hoping to start or extend a family should avoid using the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins, say scientists. Current clinical guidelines already recommend that women who are pregnant should stop taking statins but the advice is based on the knowledge that cholesterol is essential for normal fetal development. Indeed, a 2007 study examining the risk of congenital anomalies in children of pregnant women using statins suggested that the detrimental effects of the drugs...

2008-11-13 15:00:06

RESTON, Va., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, costing our healthcare system hundreds of millions of dollars and causing untold suffering. Now there is new hope for preventing this fatal disease - even among those who weren't thought to be at risk. A new study has found that millions of people could cut their risk of a heart attack, stroke and death by taking statins. The study, released at the American Heart...

2008-10-29 12:00:07

Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (NASDAQ:NYMX) holds U.S. and global patent rights for the use of statin drugs for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The newly published results of a major long-term study (J Neurol NeuroSurg Psychiatry Oct. 17, 2008) now provides powerful new evidence that taking statins substantially reduces the risk of AD. In this comprehensive study, researchers in The Netherlands found that older men and women who took statin drugs during the...

2008-10-20 12:00:10

Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (NASDAQ:NYMX) holds U.S. and global patent rights for the use of statin drugs for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including for patients at risk for AD because of vascular-related risk factors or disease. An important new study has found that ongoing statin drug use was associated with a 67% reduction in the risk of AD (Current Alzheimer Research 2008; 5: 416-421). The authors concluded that the "data suggest that statins produce a...

2008-08-01 12:00:28

Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (NASDAQ:NYMX) holds U.S. and global patent rights for the use of statin drugs for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including for patients at risk for AD because of vascular-related risk factors or disease. An important new study has found that people who take statin drugs were about half as likely to develop dementia or clinically significant cognitive impairment as those who did not use statins (Neurology July 29, 2008; 71:344-355)....


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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