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Too Few U.S. Hispanics Have Cholesterol Under Control

Posted 19 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Undertreatment of high cholesterol is a major problem among Hispanics in the United States, a new study finds. The research, to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Fla., found that only one-third to one-half of Hispanics who could benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were taking them. One heart expert wasn't surprised by the finding. "The result of this study is another clear demonstration of the extent of how disparities in health care access affect Hispanic patients," said Dr. Johanna Paola Contreras, an assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Researchers assessed the need for treatment of high cholesterol among more than 16,400 Hispanic adults, and found that only about 10 percent were taking statins. That's just half of the 20 percent who were ... Read more

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'Cash for Lower Cholesterol' Program Works With Doc-Patient Teams

Posted 19 days ago by

SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 – What if you could get paid to improve your health? That was the premise behind a new study that offered cash rewards to help people lower their cholesterol levels. Surprisingly, the program was only successful when both the doctor and patient were paid to work together to achieve the common goal, the study found. Patients who shared a financial incentive with their doctor to lower their levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol achieved a statistically significant reduction after a year of treatment, the study authors said. LDL cholesterol levels didn't significantly drop if the cold hard cash was offered to either the patient or the doctor alone, the study revealed. These results provide fresh evidence for the value of shared decision-making between doctor and patient, said lead author Dr. David Asch, a professor of medicine and executive director of the Center for ... Read more

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Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – Two new studies raise the possibility that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may blunt the effectiveness of flu vaccines in seniors. But experts caution that more research is needed to better understand the issue, and that older people shouldn't throw away their statins just yet. "There is a clear-cut benefit to persons taking statins, so patients should not stop statin use because of the study results, even for a short time," said Dr. Robert Atmar, a clinical research professor of infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He co-wrote a commentary that accompanied the studies. And flu vaccines provide at least some protection in people who take statins, so "patients should still receive an influenza vaccine to be protected," Atmar added. Still, the findings raise yet another question about the safety of statins. While ... Read more

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Cutting Sugar From Diet Boosts Kids' Health Immediately: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Cutting most of the sugar from a child's diet can immediately improve health, even if the diet still contains the same amount of calories and carbohydrates as before, a new study suggests. Researchers put a group of 43 obese kids on a nine-day diet that severely restricted sugar intake, but replaced added sugars with starchy foods to maintain the children's intake of calories and carbs. That diet caused immediate reductions in their high blood pressure and improvement in their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, the investigators found. "Every aspect of their metabolic health got better, with no change in calories," said study author Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. "This study definitively shows that sugar is metabolically harmful not because of its calories or its effects on weight. Rather, ... Read more

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During Menopause, 'Good' Cholesterol May Lose Protective Effect on Heart

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – HDL cholesterol is commonly called the "good" cholesterol, but new research suggests that it could be harmful to women going through menopause. The new study finds that rather than helping to inhibit the formation of dangerous plaque in the arteries, HDL cholesterol may increase its buildup during menopause. This process is known as hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, and can lead to heart trouble. "This was surprising," said lead researcher Samar El Khoudary, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. "We know that the good cholesterol is supposed to protect women," she said. And, before menopause, good cholesterol does help protect against heart disease, El Khoudary said. But during menopause, HDL cholesterol seems to add to the plaque buildup, she explained. "This was independent of other factors such as body weight and ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between High Cholesterol and Tendon Trouble

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – High cholesterol levels may increase your risk of tendon problems and pain, a new study suggests. Tendons are the tough fibers connecting the body's muscles and bones. The researchers suspect cholesterol buildup in immune cells can lead to chronic low-level inflammation, prompting tendon abnormalities and pain. They analyzed 17 studies published between 1973 and 2014 that included more than 2,600 people. Compared to those with normal tendon structure, people with abnormal tendon structure had higher total cholesterol. They also had higher levels of "bad" low-density cholesterol, lower levels of "good" high-density cholesterol, and higher levels of blood fats called triglycerides, the researchers found. People with high cholesterol levels were also much more likely to have tendon injuries, higher levels of musculoskeletal-related pain in their arms, and thicker ... Read more

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Should the Annual Physical Be Scrapped?

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Doctors continue to debate the worth of a time-honored tradition of health care – the annual physical examination. Some want the once-a-year physical abandoned, based on a growing body of research that these exams don't reduce your overall risk of disease or death. But yearly checkups help build the relationship between doctor and patient, leaving both better prepared when illness does strike, other doctors respond. In editorials in the Oct. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard professors air both sides of the debate. The original idea behind the annual physical examination held that these visits provide doctors an opportunity to practice preventive medicine, said Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Doctors would detect problems such as high blood pressure, ... Read more

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Daily Glass of Wine May Boost Type 2 Diabetics' Heart Health

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of the day may help improve heart health and blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. Red wine was better at improving cholesterol, the study found. And, both red and white wine helped blood sugar control in those who metabolize alcohol slowly, the researchers said. While other studies have suggested that wine drinking helps the heart, expert recommendations about the benefits of moderate drinking are still controversial, especially for those with diabetes, said study lead author Iris Shai, a researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. "This is the first long-term, large-scale, alcohol intervention clinical trial ever conducted, and in diabetics in particular," that looked at the benefits of wine, and if the type of wine matters, she said. Shai and colleagues randomly ... Read more

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Not All Trans Fats Harm the Heart, German Study Contends

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – For years, trans fats have been viewed as bad for the heart, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last summer to ban artificial trans fats from food products. But a new study suggests that not all trans fats are equal, and some might even be good for you. The German researchers found that naturally occurring trans fats found in dairy and meat products might actually help protect the heart, while low levels of artificial trans fats did not seem to pose a health risk. "We now show that, at these low levels, industrially produced trans fats are not hazardous to health," said senior study author Clemens von Schacky, head of preventive cardiology at the University of Munich. "Come to think of it, it is a fairly common phenomenon: Some things are toxic at high levels, but we can live with them at low levels." The findings were published in the Sept. 23 ... Read more

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Could a Texting App Help Your Heart?

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Regular text message reminders can help people with heart disease stick to a healthier lifestyle, Australian researchers report. Patients who received automated text messages throughout their week saw improvements in their "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight, the study found. The text messages even helped many quit smoking, the researchers added. The clinical trial provides some of the first evidence that simple, low-cost mobile communications programs and apps can help people adopt healthier habits, said study author Clara Chow, an associate professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and acting director of the cardiovascular division at the George Institute for Global Health. "In our fast-paced society, patients are leaving hospitals so quickly now after suffering a heart attack. They are given so much information in hospital, ... Read more

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Researchers Pinpoint Genes Linked to Height, Heart Disease

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – Scientists report they have identified new genes associated with height, heart disease risk and regulation of the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Scientists made the discoveries using advanced whole-genome sequencing technology. Their results were published online Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Genetics. The SardiNIA study, which began in 2001, is a partnership between the U.S. National Institute on Aging, the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research of the Italian Research Council and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The goal of the research is to pinpoint genes associated with diseases and other traits. Originally, the study examined about 2.5 million common genetic variants. But advances in sequencing technology enabled the researchers to analyze more than 17 million gene variants and their association with various health issues. ... Read more

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Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – The size of your waistline may depend to some degree on the specific bacteria dwelling within your gut, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 900 Dutch adults, found that certain gut bacteria might help determine not only body fat levels, but also blood concentrations of HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. HDL is the "good" cholesterol that helps maintain a healthy heart; triglycerides are another type of blood fat that, in excess, can contribute to heart disease. This is the first study to offer "solid evidence" that gut bacteria are linked to cholesterol and triglyceride levels, said lead researcher Jingyuan Fu. But it does not prove that the bacteria directly alter people's blood fats, stressed Fu, an associate professor of genetics at University Medical Center Groningen, in the Netherlands. So it's too early to recommend probiotic supplements for ... Read more

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Obamacare Likely to Spur Rise in Chronic Disease Diagnoses: Study

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – More Americans are getting health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which may lead to many more people getting diagnosed and treated for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, a new study contends. If the number of Americans without health insurance is cut in half under the ACA, commonly called Obamacare, that likely means up to 1.5 million newly insured people will be diagnosed with one or more chronic illnesses, the researchers projected. That could help approximately 659,000 people gain control of a previously unmanaged condition, the study authors suggested. "These effects constitute a major positive outcome from the ACA," the study's senior author, Joshua Salomon, professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, said in a school news release. "Our study suggests that insurance expansion is likely ... Read more

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Younger Women With Diabetes More Vulnerable to Heart Attack: Study

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – Young women with diabetes are much more likely to have a heart attack than those without the blood sugar disease, new research says. The study from Poland also found that young women who actually had a heart attack were more likely to be smokers than older women who had suffered heart attacks. To reach these conclusions, the researchers looked at nearly 7,400 Polish women. Among those aged 45 and younger, women with diabetes were six times more likely to have a heart attack than those without diabetes. High blood pressure increased the risk by four times, high cholesterol levels tripled the risk and smoking nearly doubled the risk. There was no significant link between obesity and heart attack risk, but this may be due to the fact that diabetes was so common among obese young women, according to study co-author Hanna Szwed, a professor at the Institute of ... Read more

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FDA Approves Repatha for High Cholesterol

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Repatha (evolocumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the second non-statin drug in its class approved to treat high cholesterol. The injected drug, among a new class called PCSK9 inhibitors, is sanctioned for people who are unable to reduce levels of the so-called LDL "bad" cholesterol with statin therapy and exercise, the agency said in a news release. Low-density lipoprotein, commonly known as LDL, builds up in the blood from natural and food sources, and is a leading cause of heart disease. About one in four deaths in the United States is linked to heart disease, making it the top cause of death among men and women. The condition kills about 610,000 people in the United States annually, the FDA said. Repatha is an antibody that targets the PCSK9 protein, which inhibits the liver's ability to remove LDL from the blood. Its most ... Read more

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