Huh? 87% of Men Age 60-Plus Should Take a Statin?

Posted on 03/20/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf statin guidelines released last fall were followed to the letter, nearly all men between ages 60 and 75 would be taking a cholesterol-lowering drug even if they didn’t have heart disease, according to a new study that analyzed the impact of the controversial recommendations. The Duke University-led study projected that following the guidelines would result in nearly 13 million more Americans taking statins, most of them 60-plus. Among adults 60 to 75 without heart disease and not on statins, …

New Warning About Grapefruit and Pills

Posted on 11/29/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s been known for some time that grapefruit juice can interact badly with some medications, but now Canadian experts warn that even more medications can cause these interactions — and the result, in some cases, can be deadly. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario said that while 17 drugs were identified in 2008 as having the potential to cause very serious problems when taken with grapefruit, the number has now grown to 43. Thirteen drugs may be lethal when …

Statin Benefits Outweigh Diabetes Risk

Posted on 08/10/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in four Americans over age 45 take the cholesterol-lowering drugs collectively known as statins. Recently, some researchers have raised concern that these drugs could increase diabetes risk, especially among post-menopausal women or people taking high statin doses. But a large new analysis shows that the cardiovascular benefits of statins outweigh diabetes concerns, even for high-risk groups.

An Anti-Cholesterol Shot Plus Why You Should See Your Heart Damage

Posted on 03/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMonthly injections of an experimental drug that can reduce cholesterol, as well as evidence that images of clogged arteries can motivate people to lose weight, were among the new studies presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific sessions in Chicago this past weekend. First up — those scary scans of your coronary arteries. Apparently, seeing really is believing when it comes to convincing reluctant patients to get serious about their heart disease. Two new studies found that patients …

Statins Linked To Diabetes In Older Women, Study Finds

Posted on 01/11/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in four Americans over age 45 take a statin to lower their cholesterol, but a new study says the popular drugs may increase the risk of diabetes. An analysis of postmenopausal women who were taking statins found they had almost a 50 percent greater risk of diabetes than those who weren’t on the cholesterol-lowing drug. The study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at nearly 154,000 women, average age 63, who didn’t have diabetes when the …

The Takeaway: Boomers Drive Up Older Adult Divorce Rate; Statins Could Cut Flu Deaths

Posted on 12/15/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayOne In Four Getting Divorced Is Over 50: As boomers begin swelling the ranks of 50- and 60-year-olds, they’re also driving up the typically-low divorce rate among older adults. The overall divorce rate in the United States has declined over the past two decades, but divorce among those 50 to 65 has spiked. As of 2009, the rate was 12.6 divorces per 1,000 marriages in that set—still low, but up from 6.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages in 1990. Historically we …