November 12, 2013 |
Dramatically escalating the fight against heart attacks and strokes, the nation's cardiologists have rewritten the guidebook on how Americans should be treated with statins and unveiled a plan that could double the number of patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs to about 70 million. The new approach, presented Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn., represents a stark shift from the way doctors have prescribed the popular drugs for most of the last decade.
November 12, 2013 |
The number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs is set to double under new guidelines unveiled Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn. The goal of prescribing statins to as many as 70 million people is to reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes in the United States, not merely to get patient's LDL cholesterol - the “bad” kind that's most closely linked to disease risk - into an ideal range, experts said. The new game plan for statins represents a stark shift from approaches embraced by cardiologists and primary care physicians for most of the past decade.
November 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Mulling over the beliefs of Christians, atheists, Bahais and even devil worshipers, Supreme Court justices appeared confounded Wednesday by how to fashion guidelines for prayer at public meetings in an era of rapidly increasing religious diversity in America. The justices have struggled for decades to come up with a coherent set of rules for prayers conducted at government forums. Past decisions have allowed public bodies, including Congress, state legislatures and city councils, to open their meetings with prayers, but the justices have also ruled that public officials may not take actions that appear to endorse a specific set of religious beliefs.
October 1, 2013 |
Etsy, the website stocked with artisanal goods from independent merchants, revamped its seller guidelines to allow vendors to hire additional employees and work with outside manufacturers. The changes Tuesday essentially broaden the site's working definition of “handcrafted” -- a term that has governed which plastic baubles or knit pillows are allowed on the online market since it was founded in 2005. In a blog post , Etsy Chief Executive Chad Dickerson wrote that the company's “Dos and Don'ts” section quickly ballooned from 4,000 words to 14,000 words.
September 6, 2013 |
At a time when many Americans spend their days exercising nothing but their thumbs to exhaustion, others have grown obsessed with steps. Each footfall, from getting the mail to getting in a run, is tracked on the way to 10,000 - a not-so-magic number that's been turned into a fitness grail. Ten thousand steps is about five miles, depending on the stride, a distance that seems shorter when you start adding in every step from waking to sleeping. Still, many people barely log 3,000 steps per day. You'd have to live in another galaxy to have missed the admonition to walk for health, to counter our sedentary jobs and hobbies: Walk the dog, park far from the store, take the stairs, schedule a walking meeting.
August 2, 2013 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said that only food products containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten can be labeled "gluten free. " The new guideline is intended to provide uniformity in the labeling of food products and provide confidence to about 3 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease and must eat a gluten-free diet, the agency said. “Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disruptive to everyday life,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg.