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Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills

Posted 1 day 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with more severe disease, have an increased risk for a variety of other health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Psoriasis is characterized by red, raised patches of skin, or plaques, covered with silvery-white scales. It's also marked by itching, burning or soreness of the skin. It is not contagious. "Psoriasis patients, even those ... Read more

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Lack of Fitness Second Only to Smoking as Predictor of Early Death: Study

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Poor physical fitness ranks right behind smoking as leading risk factors for an early death, new long-term research suggests. Analyzing nearly 800 men starting at midlife, Swedish scientists also found that each measurable increase in fitness levels translated into a 21 percent lower risk of death over 45 years of follow-up. "Fitness in middle age is of importance for mortality risk for several decades," said study author Per Ladenvall, a researcher in the department of molecular and clinical medicine at University of Gothenburg. "Persons with low fitness are associated with an increased mortality risk throughout life." "Smoking was the risk factor that was [most strongly] associated with mortality," Ladenvall added. "We were somewhat surprised that the effect of aerobic capacity was even more pronounced than that of high cholesterol and high blood pressure." ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

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Rising Blood Sugar Hitting More Obese Adults

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Among obese American adults, control of blood sugar is worsening, leading to more diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds. While blood pressure and cholesterol levels stayed relatively stable among obese adults, poor control of blood sugar led to a 37 percent increase in heart disease risk factors between 1988 and 2014, the researchers reported. "Obese adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors may need more intense approaches – healthy diet, increased physical activity – to control blood sugar and achieve weight loss," said lead researcher Dr. Fangjian Guo. He is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas in Galveston. After climbing over several decades, U.S. obesity rates have leveled off. Still, about 35 percent of American adults are obese, according to background notes with the study. Obesity hinders the ... Read more

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Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?

Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 – Some cancer patients who take cholesterol-lowering statins may live longer than those not on these heart medications, a study from Britain suggests. While it did not prove a cause-and-effect connection, the study of nearly 1 million cancer patients found that those taking statin drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor appeared to have: a 22 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer, a 43 percent lower risk of dying from breast cancer, a 47 percent lower risk of dying from prostate cancer, and a 30 percent lower risk of dying from colon cancer. "We need to further investigate the reasons for patients with high cholesterol having improved mortality in four of the most common cancers," said senior researcher Dr. Rahul Potluri, a clinical lecturer at Aston University School of Medicine in Birmingham. Potluri cautioned, however, that this study can't prove that statins ... Read more

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FDA Approves First Fully Dissolvable Stent

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 – The first coronary stent to be gradually absorbed by the body has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold System (BVS) is absorbed within about three years, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. The stent, a hollow mesh tube designed to prop open a formerly clogged artery, also releases the drug everolimus to limit the growth of scar tissue. Coronary artery disease leads to some 370,000 deaths annually in the United States, the FDA said. It occurs when cholesterol-laden deposits build up and narrow blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the heart. Symptoms commonly include chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. The condition is frequently treated using a procedure called angioplasty, in which a balloon-like device is expanded within an artery to open the vessel. But scar tissue can then ... Read more

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Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks

Posted 30 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – People who inherit a genetic disorder that causes high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol have an increased risk for heart disease and hardened arteries, a new study finds. The condition is called heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. It's believed to affect about 1.5 million people in the United States, the researchers said. The genes linked to this condition prevent the liver from removing LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol from the blood. This allows the bad cholesterol to build up. Doctors suspect this familial condition when LDL levels are above 190 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), the study authors explained. The researchers reviewed data from six groups of people involved in previous studies. Compared to people with average LDL cholesterol levels (less than 130 mg/dL), those with familial hypercholesterolemia had a five times higher risk for ... Read more

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Has Butter Gotten a Bad Rap?

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Spread the news: Butter may not be the unhealthy food many Americans believe it to be, new research suggests. However, that doesn't mean that butter provides any real health benefit, the researchers were quick to add. "Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered 'back' as a route to good health," study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, said in a university news release. His team's review of the data on butter and health found no significant rise in risk of death or heart disease for people who favored the spread. One nutritionist said her views on butter remain unchanged, however. "Despite the findings of this study, I am not about to make a huge shift in the recommendations I make about consumption," said Dana White. She is a dietitian ... Read more

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Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – America's war on heart disease and stroke may have suffered a setback. A new study warns that the rate of decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke has stalled. "It is likely that the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes, which began around 1985, are the major contributors to the deceleration in the decline of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke death rates," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Sidney. He is director of research clinics at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in Oakland. "If these trends continue, important public health goals, such as those set by the American Heart Association to reduce cardiovascular and stroke mortality by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, may not be reached," he added. The researchers found the annual death rate dropped nearly 4 percent for heart disease and nearly 5 percent for stroke from 2000 to 2011. ... Read more

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Just a Little of Statins' Effect Enough to Help Heart: Study

Posted 20 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 – Giving high doses of statins to patients with heart disease doesn't lower the risk of future heart trouble any more than moderate doses of the cholesterol-lowering drugs do, a new study finds. Having heart disease raises the risk of heart attack and stroke, as blood vessels become clogged and cut the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. These patients are typically prescribed statins on a long-term basis, to lower levels of vessel-clogging LDL ("bad") cholesterol. But experts remain conflicted about exactly how low LDL cholesterol levels should go. "Our study demonstrates that physicians treating patients with heart disease and elevated levels of cholesterol with statins have to ensure that patients meet a target of less than 100 mg/dL to prevent future [heart] events," said study author Dr. Morton Leibowitz. He is a senior physician with the Clalit ... Read more

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6 Ways Women Can Take Care of Their Tickers

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, but there are a number of preventive measures women can take, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. "The risk of heart disease increases for everyone as they age. For women, the risk goes up after menopause, but younger women can also develop heart disease," FDA cardiologist Dr. Shari Targum said in an agency news release. One in four American women dies from heart disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here, the FDA offers six ways you can reduce your risk: Control your risk factors. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease, so it's important to manage these health conditions if you have them. Talk to your health care provider about an effective treatment plan. Don't smoke. If you smoke, try to quit. Maintain ... Read more

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Joe Montana Scoring Points Against Heart Disease

Posted 17 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – After retiring from a long and illustrious pro football career that included four Super Bowl championships, quarterback Joe Montana abandoned his decades-long habit of daily exercise. And it was just a few years later when the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with two major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure and high cholesterol. That news, coupled with a family history of heart disease – which claimed a grandfather and two uncles before age 55 – jolted Montana to realize that his physical prowess on the gridiron couldn't protect him from heart disease. Montana knew he had to change course and once again become physically fit. Now 59, the three-time Super Bowl MVP counteracts his family history of heart disease – America's leading killer – by biking frequently with his wife and grown children, and limiting salty foods and red meat. "I didn't ... Read more

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Stroke Hospitalization Down for Many in U.S.

Posted 12 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – While Americans suffered fewer strokes overall from 2000 to 2010, stroke rates climbed substantially among younger adults and blacks, a new study found. Hospitalizations for strokes caused by artery blockages dropped 18.4 percent overall during the decade, with greater decreases among the elderly, University of Southern California researchers found. Within the overall decrease, however, some groups saw an increase in hospitalizations as the burden of stroke shifted to younger adults. For example, although stroke hospitalizations dropped 50 percent for people 65 and older, they increased nearly 49 percent among 25- to 64 year-olds. Stroke hospitalizations also varied by race – up almost 14 percent among blacks. Dr. Paul Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, N.Y., said, "There are things we can do to help prevent strokes." ... Read more

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Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries

Posted 7 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Cholesterol-lowering statins may spare people with narrowed leg arteries from the possibility of amputation and even death, a new study suggests. The higher the dose of these drugs, the lower the risk of both outcomes, the researchers found. "PAD, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head, is the next cardiovascular epidemic," said study author Dr. Shipra Arya. She is an assistant professor in the division of vascular surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. For the study, the researchers analyzed health information on more than 200,000 veterans with peripheral artery disease (PAD) from the Veterans Affairs' database. They identified those who were taking statins around the time they were diagnosed with PAD. The researchers also recorded the veterans' dosage of these drugs. During an average follow-up period of ... Read more

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Weight Loss Surgery May Boost Good Cholesterol in Obese Boys

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 – Weight loss surgery could help severely obese teenage boys reduce their risk for heart disease by increasing their levels of "good" cholesterol, a preliminary study suggests. The surgery also enhances the protective effects of HDL cholesterol, the researchers said. "We already knew that weight loss surgery improves weight and cholesterol numbers. This new research shows that there are actually changes in the way HDL functions in adolescents, which may lead to a reduction in long-term cardiovascular risk," study author Dr. Amy Shah, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, said in an American Heart Association news release. The small study involved 10 severely obese teen boys. The participants had an average age of 17 and weighed an average of 367 pounds. The researchers noted that 90 percent of the boys were white. The teens underwent a ... Read more

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