Archive for February, 2011

Absolute benefits of statins greater for older patients

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Study findings suggest that statin therapy is more effective in reducing the risk for major cardiovascular (CV) events in older than younger patients at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Older patients (≥65 years) are known to experience higher rates of CVD than younger patients (<65 years), but less is known about […]

Triglycerides best lipid risk marker for ischemic stroke

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Nonfasting triglyceride levels are strongly associated with risk for ischemic stroke, whereas total cholesterol levels are not, shows an analysis of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Marianne Benn (Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark) and colleagues say this is most likely because high triglyceride levels reflect elevated lipoprotein remnant cholesterol, and thus a particularly […]

Low Bone Mineral Density common in poor neighborhoods

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Source: MedWire News Low bone mineral density (BMD) is more common than previously thought among middle-aged residents of a low-income inner-city population, with men worse affected than women, US researchers report. In their study of 338 Baltimore residents (55% men), Todd Brown (Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland) and colleagues diagnosed approximately half of […]

Rosuvastatin treatment cost-effective and may be cost-saving

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Source: MedWire News Rosuvastatin treatment in JUPITER-eligible patients appears to be cost-effective and has the potential to be cost-saving, suggest findings of a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Niteesh Choudhry (Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and colleagues say that treating apparently healthy patients with normal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol […]

Dairy consumption may lower risk for high BP

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Source: MedWire News Australian researchers report that the consumption of low-fat cheese or liquid dairy products, namely milk and yogurt, may reduce the risk for elevated blood pressure (EBP). However, eating high-fat cheese does not seem to affect EBP risk. The findings come from a five-study meta-analysis involving approximately 45,000 individuals from Spain, the USA, […]

Survey highlights economic burden of adult asthma in USA

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Results from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) highlight the significant economic burden of adult asthma in the USA, with medical expenditure on the condition totaling an estimated US $18 billion (€13.3 billion) annually between 2003 and 2005. “To understand the nature and scope of the burden of asthma in the USA, […]

Low HDL cholesterol enhances anti-cancer effect of metformin

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Research suggests that the previously reported anti-cancer effect of metformin treatment is most apparent in patients with Type 2 diabetes who also have low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Several studies, previously reported by MedWire News, have shown that Type 2 diabetes patients who are treated with metformin appear to have a […]

Vitamin D inadequacy linked to wrist fracture risk

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with an increased risk for low-energy wrist fractures in both women and men, independent of bone mineral density, body mass index, and smoking history, research shows. Vitamin D deficiency has previously been associated with hip fractures, note Jannike Øyen (University of Bergen, Norway) and colleagues. “A large […]

Early treatment reduces risk for second psychotic episode

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Early treatment is associated with a significantly reduced risk for further psychotic episodes in first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients, research shows. The findings emphasize “the importance of early intervention efforts which are likely to improve the long-term course of psychosis – beyond the level that would be accomplished by similar interventions initiated later […]

Combination therapy effective for treating mixed dyslipidemia in women

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Source: MedWire News Study findings suggest that a combination of fibrate and statin therapies should be considered as a treatment option for women with mixed dyslipidemia. Anne Goldberg (Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, USA) and colleagues show that combination therapy with fenofibric acid plus a statin is significantly more effective for increasing […]