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Study examines Cardiovascular Risk of Vaping

E-cigarettes were first introduced into the United States in 2006 and have rapidly increased in popularity, often due to vape sellers’ claims that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, while also delivering the craved nicotine hit. A study led by Dr. Holly R. Middlekauff of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles points out that e-cigarettes may certainly have a significantly lower number of carcinogens, but appear to be just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Nicotine addiction is as prevalent with e-cigarettes as it is with traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes produce little or no tar, ... Read More

Children can be prescribed statins as young as age 8

Children with a genetic cholesterol disorder can lower their risk of developing cardiovascular disease by taking cholesterol-lowering statins, according to a long-term European study. The research involved 194 children and teenagers with an inherited high cholesterol disorder known as familial hypercholesterolemia, a condition that affects about one in 500 people. People with this condition are at risk for premature hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The children and teens were prescribed a statin drug and were followed for 10 years. Statins include the widely prescribed brand name drug Lipitor. According to researchers, taking statins prevented premature atherosclerosis. The younger a child ... Read More

Testosterone therapy does not appear to work in obese men with type 2 diabetes

Testosterone replacement therapy is designed to treat symptoms of “Low T,” such as low libido, weight gain, and fatigue; however, the treatment doesn’t appear to work on aging, obese men with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. The new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that testosterone supplements do not improve erectile dysfunction or general health in this population because testosterone levels are not the only issue causing their symptoms. The findings raise even more question about the controversial hormone supplements. Prescriptions for testosterone therapies, such as the widely used Androgel, Axiron and Testim, have skyrocketed ... Read More

Adherence to statin therapy linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes

People who adhere to statin therapy to lower their cholesterol levels and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease are at greater risk of developing new-onset type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care. The study, conducted by researchers with the division of biostatistics, epidemiology and public health at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy, lends more strength to previous studies that suggest statin medications increase blood sugar levels and put users at risk for the chronic metabolic disorder. Statins include the widely prescribed drugs Lipitor and Crestor. The new study followed more than 115,000 statin ... Read More

Statin side effects may outweigh benefits for most people

An estimated five out of 100 people taking cholesterol-lowering statins after a heart attack will cheat death, another heart attack, or a stroke during the five years after having a heart attack. However, it is difficult to identify which five individuals will benefit from the drugs, says Dr. Janice B. Schwartz, a professor of medicine and bioengineering and therapeutic sciences at University of California San Francisco. Thus, statin side effects should be carefully weighed by patients who are candidates of the new statin guidelines. “There is no question that the medications can cause unwanted side effects – both directly from ... Read More

New study raises questions about safety of testosterone replacement therapy

A new study raises questions about the link between testosterone replacement therapy and heart attacks. Researchers at the University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston, studied more than 25,000 men, all Medicare beneficiaries older than 65 who were treated with testosterone injections for up to eight years. These men were compared to about 19,000 men of the same age who did not use testosterone treatments. Researchers found that testosterone users were not at greater risk of having a heart attack compared to nonusers of testosterone therapy. Researchers did not track strokes, blood clots, dementia or death. The results contradict several ... Read More

Doctor says statins have little benefit for people at low risk for cardiovascular disease

Many patients who are considered at low risk for cardiovascular disease but qualify for statin therapy under new health guidelines would refuse to take the drugs if they knew “the lack of benefit” they offered, says Dr. Rubin Minhas, a member of the British Medical Journal ethics committee. Dr. Minhas advised the national health care guidance body National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) against embracing the new guidelines, which would increase the number of adults eligible for cholesterol-lowering statin medications by about 7 million. “These drugs should be used only in patients with a high risk of heart ... Read More

AAFP endorses new cholesterol-lowering guidelines despite statin side effects

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is endorsing the controversial new guidelines proposed by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of high cholesterol and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults. The new guidelines, introduced last fall, have raised concerns within the medical community that the new rules will unnecessarily expose millions of Americans to serious side effects from statin drugs. Under the new guidelines, about 10.4 million people would become eligible for statin therapy – most of whom have no history of heart disease. Previous recommendations for ... Read More

Statins side effects may discourage older adults from exercising

Older men who take cholesterol-lowering statins are less likely to exercise than men of the same age group not taking the drugs – a trend experts say could be pushing an already inactive segment of the population to be even more inactive, lessening the benefit of statin medications. Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are one of the most prescribed medications in the country, designed to drive down cholesterol levels and thus reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Maintaining a lifestyle with healthy diet and exercise can also lower cholesterol levels and ward off cardiovascular disease, as ... Read More

Long-term safety of testosterone treatment remains questionable

Current prescribing practices for testosterone therapy constitute abuse, said Ajay Nangia MD, with the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, during the first-ever “Crossfire” session at the American Urological Association meeting. Nangia was pitted against Martin Miner, MD, with Brown University in Providence, RI. A surge in testosterone supplement prescriptions in the past few years and recent studies questioning the safety of the therapy have made the hormone treatment a hot topic in some medical circles. Low testosterone levels can lead to symptoms such as a low sex drive, weight gain, fatigue and muscle loss. While testosterone levels drop ... Read More