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More aggressive treatment needed to achieve optimal lipid targets

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Source: MedWire News Most patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are achieving the minimal recommended low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol goal, but many still have elevated levels of triglycerides or low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol despite treatment, say researchers. In addition, few high-risk patients are achieving more aggressive LDL cholesterol goals recommended by the […]

Hot flashes could indicate reduced breast cancer risk

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Source: MedWire News Women aged 55-74 years who have ever experienced menopausal symptoms are less likely to develop breast cancer than women of the same age who have never experienced symptoms, indicate study findings. “While menopausal symptoms can certainly have a negative impact on quality of life, our study suggests that there may be a […]

Glimepiride may slow atherosclerosis progression in Type 2 diabetes

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Treatment with glimepiride slows progression of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) to a greater degree than glibenclamide in patients with Type 2 diabetes, suggest results from a small observational study. “Recent studies reported that glimepiride increased plasma adiponectin levels and decreased plasma tumor necrosis factor-α levels in Type 2 diabetics,” the say researchers. In addition, “in […]

Further evidence for reduced cancer risk with metformin

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Exposure to metformin is associated with a reduced risk for cancer in patients with Type 2 diabetes, say researchers. The antidiabetes drug metformin has previously been associated with lower cancer mortality, as reported by MedWire News. In this study, Edoardo Mannucci (University of Florence, Italy) and co-workers carried out a nested case-control study […]

Physical activity improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Results from a small study indicate that physical activity may help improve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Physical activity has been shown to improve symptoms of fibromyalgia and depression, which are both associated with IBS, but less is known about whether increased physical activity can improve gastrointestinal IBS symptoms. Writing […]

Blueberry derivative may lower hypertension risk

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Individuals who consume more than one serving of blueberries per week may have a 10% lower risk for hypertension than those who consume no weekly servings of the fruit, study results suggest. The association between blueberry consumption and hypertension is most likely the result of the high content of the flavonoid anthocyanin […]

Family history, adiposity, HDL cholesterol level predict Type 2 diabetes risk

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Patients with higher than normal fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels who have a family history of diabetes, have high adiposity, or who have low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels are at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, research shows. James Meigs (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) and […]

Intrauterine contraception knowledge limited among young women

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Reproductive-aged women continue to have significant misconceptions about the benefits, risks, and efficacy of intrauterine contraception, show results of a US survey. “Our findings reveal need for improvement in knowledge for all women, regardless of contraceptive history,” say Tessa Madden (Washington University, St Louis, Missouri) and co-researchers. Data from 1,665 surveys from […]

Adherence to action plan reduces COPD exacerbation recovery time

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can minimize their recovery time after an exacerbation by sticking to a written action plan, research shows. Writing in the journal Thorax, Jean Bourbeau (McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, Canada) and team explain: “Despite the huge impact [COPD] exacerbations may have, patients often have problems in […]

High added sugar consumption may increase risk for CVD

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Source: MedWire News A US study suggests that adolescents who consume high amounts of added sugars (calorific sweeteners) have blood lipid levels that place them at increased risk for future cardiovascular disease (CVD). The researchers found increased dyslipidemia among adolescents who had a high intake of added sugars, regardless of body size, as well as […]

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