Should everyone take statin drugs? Researchers reviewed existing data from trials and surveys to weigh the side effects and benefits of the preventive drugs that claim to lower cholesterol.
Medicine December 4, 2018
Patients with elevated and/or severe cholesterol levels were reported to take less or no prescribed statins. The new study published by the American Heart Association stated that statin compliance is less prevalent in younger patients compared to older ones.
Medicine March 27, 2018
Two conflicting medical guidelines on statin use may lead to fewer number of users in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers compare guidelines from the USPSTF and the ACC/AHA to determine their impact.
Medicine April 18, 2017
Statins are effective at lowering cholesterol levels but researchers have also discovered that the drug also holds potential as treatment to lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicine December 15, 2016
Amgen's drug Repatha can shrink artery-clogging plaques when used together with statin. The combo also leads to a significant reduction in bad cholesterol levels among heart patients.
Medicine November 16, 2016
A new study suggests that statin treatment can help improve survival rates for some arthritis patients by as much as 33 percent. This may be because of the drug's ability to reduce inflammation and lower lipids.
Medicine November 14, 2016
The benefits of taking statin appear to outweigh the likelihood of side effects to occur. Researchers said the harm associated with use of the cholesterol-lowering drug is exaggerated.
Medicine September 9, 2016
High doses of statin reduced risk of amputation in patients with peripheral artery disease by 33 percent. The cholesterol drug also lowered death risk by 29 percent.
Medicine May 6, 2016
People who take the cholesterol-lowering drug statin have lower risk for colon cancer, according to a new study. The difference in risk between those who continued using the drug and those who stopped using it, however, was not significant.
Medicine April 28, 2016
Experts released a new guidance on the use of therapies to lower blood cholesterol levels first before using statins, which have been linked to various side effects. The panel of experts announced the new guidance to help doctors during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.
Life April 10, 2016
A new study covering about 500 patients confirmed the muscle-related side effects of statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Muscle pain from statins, as well related symptoms, however, continue to puzzle doctors and remain controversial.
Life April 5, 2016
Statin intolerance is real, findings of a new study revealed. A new PCSK9 inhibitor drug was shown effective in reducing LDL cholesterol level in patients who suffer from side effects of statins.
Life April 4, 2016
The number of people with genetically acquired high cholesterol levels may be higher in the U.S. than previously believed. The new findings also showed that it's not only genetics that potentially increases plaque-building LDL cholesterol.
Life March 16, 2016
Researchers found that neurostatins may help prevent Alzheimer's disease if taken during the 30s. The key is the drug's action during the early stage of the disease, which acts as a preventive strategy.
Life February 13, 2016
High doses of statin drugs may prove to be beneficial in treating patients with age-related macular degeneration. Researchers believe the drug could help restore the patients’ blurred or lost vision.
Life February 5, 2016
Researchers have found that more than lowering cholesterol, statins may also reduce the risk of complications after heart bypass surgery. Experts said the main factor behind this promising effect is the anti-inflammatory properties of the drug.
Life January 13, 2016
Statins or cholesterol-lowering drugs have been found to help cut a certain heart disease risk in sleep apnea patients. Some experts, however, said the findings may not be enough reason to grab a statin prescription right away.
Life January 8, 2016
USPSTF endorsed low to moderate doses of statins to prevent first-time heart attack or stroke in high-risk adults ages 40 to 75. Its new recommendations for statin treatment are considered close enough to controversial 2013 guidelines from the AHA and ACC.
Life December 22, 2015
A new study found that negative news about statins may result in decreased prescription and use. People tend to discontinue treatment, leading to increased heart attack risks.
Life December 6, 2015
The new cholesterol vaccine targets PCSK9, a cholesterol-regulating protein. It is positioned as an alternative to statins, which are taken by many of the 73.5 million Americans with high LDL cholesterol and are deemed at risk for heart attack and stroke.
Life November 10, 2015
Medical experts recommend the prescription of statin for people who experience severe migraines. One expert explains why the drug may be effective against migraine.
Life November 4, 2015
Studies found that patients who take statin-based cholesterol medications may be lowering the protection of flu vaccines. Statin was also associated with reduced immune response and higher risks of respiratory illnesses during flu season.
Life October 31, 2015
Although statin can be beneficial for those with atherosclerosis, findings of a new study revealed it should not be used as a preventive treatment. The drug can speed up aging and is associated with joint and nerve problems, and muscle pain.
Life September 29, 2015
PCSK9 inhibitors can lower bad cholesterol level to extremely low levels and do not come with side effects associated with statins. The new drugs, however, can cost $10,000 per year which can have significant effect on healthcare.
Life June 9, 2015
Individuals who take statins prior to undergoing heart bypass surgery have reduced risks of dying from the operation. Simvastatin was shown to reduce risks of death by 77 percent.
Life June 2, 2015
New pediatric guidelines would require significantly much more young adults to take cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Life April 7, 2015
Statins are prescribed to lower cholesterol levels but findings of new study reveal that the drug can increase a person's odds of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Life March 5, 2015
Statin use does not lower the risk of Parkinson's disease. Researchers suggest that statins are good for the heart but not for the brain.
Life February 22, 2015
High cholesterol levels can increase odds for heart disease, stroke and early death but a new drug has shown promise in reducing the risks. In clinical trial, the Alirocumab drug was shown to reduce bad cholesterol to less than the levels of a baby.
Life December 8, 2014
A study reveals that most American senior citizens will qualify for statin therapy. Statins are a group of drugs that lower the levels of cholesterol within the body by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase.
Life November 26, 2014
Merck's Vytorin cholesterol drug was found to reduce risks for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular events in the IMPROVE-IT study, which involved more than 18,000 patients with acute coronary syndrome.
Life November 18, 2014
Irish researchers found that statin, which is primarily prescribed to lower cholesterol levels, can also shorten the recovery time of surgery wounds to nearly one week.
Life August 3, 2014
Women with weight problems and high cholesterol levels are likely to develop breast cancer, study finds. Researchers believe cholesterol lowering drug statin may help reduce breast cancer risks.
Life July 8, 2014
A new drug called Evolocumab is found to lower LDL cholesterol levels in conjunction with statins. If further studies show that it can lower the risk of heart disease, more patients on statin may be able to benefit from it.
Life May 15, 2014
Statin may be primarily used for reducing bad cholesterol levels in the blood but a new study suggests it has another versatile effect beneficial for men. Find out the hard truth.
Life March 31, 2014
Research pertaining to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's new statin use guidelines has found that 13 million more people will be eligible to take the cholesterol-lowering drugs, with these users primarily over the age of 60.
Life March 20, 2014
Experts have found out that statin, a very affordable drug used to treat high cholesterol levels, may give hope for patients battling multiple sclerosis,
Life March 19, 2014
To take or to skip statins? New studies have revealed that these drugs are not the culprit for side effects attributed to them.
Life March 15, 2014
Delirium, a state of sudden, severe confusion, may be prevented by the cholesterol-lowering drug statin in critically ill patients.
Life January 19, 2014