January 14, 2008 |
Could you review red yeast rice? I've started taking it in an attempt to lower my cholesterol and stay off statins. Diana Sherman Oaks The products: Lowly fungi have an amazing ability to create compounds that have strong effects on humans (alcohol, hallucinogens and antibiotics, to name a few). As far back as the Tang dynasty in 800, the Chinese harvested a red extract produced by certain types of fungi growing on rice.
December 17, 2007 |
Doctors have prescribed statin drugs to millions of people to reduce their cholesterol levels and thus cut the risk of heart attacks. The pharmaceutical company Merck & Co has asked the Food and Drug Administration to let pharmacies sell a lower dose formulation of the company's statin drug Mevacor, also known as lovastatin, over the counter. On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the agency reject Merck's third such request. The FDA is expected to make a decision early next year.
July 23, 2007 |
I have tried many statin drugs for cholesterol, but all gave me muscle pain and cramps. My doctor put me on Zetia and insists it can't cause muscle pain since it is not absorbed into the bloodstream. I still have muscle pain, cramps and tingling in my legs and feet. Can Zetia cause this? Although Zetia works differently from statin cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Lipitor or Zocor, it is absorbed into the bloodstream.
April 16, 2007 |
People who use statin drugs are less likely to die of influenza and chronic bronchitis, according to research that shows yet another unexpected benefit of the cholesterol-lowering medications. The study of more than 76,000 people showed that those who had taken statins for at least 90 days had a much lower risk of dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, the technical name for emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
January 8, 2007 |
Lipitor, Zocor and similar cholesterol lowering drugs failed to prevent colon cancer in a study, dimming hope the pills taken by millions of Americans could thwart one of the nation's leading killers. Laboratory and animal research has suggested in the past that the drugs, called statins, may have anti-cancer properties, blocking compounds the damaged cells need to grow and spread. Studies in people, though, have yielded mixed results.
November 6, 2006 |
A device that helps severely damaged hearts pump may be able to do what was once thought impossible -- reverse heart failure in people who are weeks from death. The left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, can boost the heart's ability to function, allowing it to recover if used with the right drugs, British researchers have found. The team used the device and a combination of heart drugs in 15 patients who had severe heart failure.
October 30, 2006 |
Statin drugs, which have become the world's No. 1 selling drugs by cutting cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks and stroke, may also slow the lung damage done by smoking, researchers have reported. Current and former smokers who used statins lost less of their lung function than those who did not, researchers said at a meeting last week of the American College of Chest Physicians.
August 10, 2006 |
Offering a new way to treat stroke patients, researchers reported Wednesday that high doses of a cholesterol-lowering statin drug could reduce the risk of another attack and strokerelated death. The statin Lipitor lowered the risk of another stroke 16% and reduced fatal strokes 41%, according to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Stroke kills 160,000 Americans each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.
June 21, 2006 |
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can reduce the incidence of the most common type of cataract by 45%, according to a five-year study of nearly 1,300 people. The findings surprised researchers because several potential cholesterol-lowering drugs never made it to market after studies showed they caused cloudiness and other eye problems. The current study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
April 3, 2006 |
It's called the portfolio diet. And you won't find it in any bookstore. The goal is simple: to see if a "portfolio" of foods, each with some minor cholesterol-lowering benefits, could have a larger, additive effect when eaten together as part of a regular diet. The concept was developed by David Jenkins, professor of nutrition and metabolism at the University of Toronto and a strong proponent of using food to help reduce blood cholesterol levels.