Clinical trials are important, but can’t get us to medicine prescribing that is 100% effective.
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Clinical trials are used to establish that medicines work. But these don't take into account the genetic differences between us that can mean very different outcomes for different patients.
A new study has assessed the links between cholesterol and cognitive function.
Current cholesterol tests in the UK are outdated and are putting lives at risk.
Having very high levels of HDL is associated with increased mortality. But that doesn't mean it's not 'good cholesterol'.
The benefits of healthy older people taking statins to prevent heart disease and stroke needs to be balanced with the risk of side effects.
An Australian trial will give us a clearer picture of whether healthy old people benefit from taking statins to prevent heart disease and stroke.
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Using electronic medical records may be a better way to treat those at risk of heart disease than treating everyone or treating only known 'at risk' groups.
Misreporting on the ongoing debate is likely to lead to more deaths from cardiovascular disease.
Rare diseases are yielding secrets about very common conditions.
There is no one Mediterranean diet, nor does every Mediterranean country have a diet that ticks every healthy box.
Even for those on statins, a healthy Mediterranean eating pattern has been shown to bring extra benefits.
We could be doing much more to prevent heart attacks.
Fewer than half of Australians who have had a heart attack take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent them having another one.
A pair of lungs infected with TB.
There is an increasing focus on alternative treatment strategies, developed to treat other diseases and conditions but re-purposed to tackle TB.
Lipitor is widely prescribed for cholesterol, but incorrect negative reports have seen its use decline slightly in Australia.
Lipitor was approved by the government in 1997, and while under patent protection it was the highest-selling drug of all time with worldwide sales of more than US$12 billion a year.
Get the shot.
While studies suggests that cholesterol-lowering statins can make the flu shot less effective, the vaccine remains the best available tool for reducing flu-related complications and death.
Media are important. Especially the media we trust. One might express the effect of a piece of journalism (J) about, say, a particular drug or food, as a factor of media authority (A), multiplied by the…
Half a million fewer statins were dispensed to patients in the eight months following the Catalyst broadcasts.
In October 2013, Catalyst broadcast a segment highly critical of statins, a class of drug used for lowering cholesterol.
A rise in the co-payment for medicines may lead to an increase in the rates of discontinuation for some drugs.
Apart from proposing a co-payment for visiting doctors, the last federal budget also contained a proposal to increase the level of co-payments for medications. The government seems to have given little…
Whether the harms of statins outweigh their benefits depends on how you balance them up.
A panel convened by medical journal BMJ to investigate whether it was right to correct rather than retract two pieces featuring a mistake about side effects from statins has endorsed the journal’s decision…
Working on an exit strategy.
The recent retraction of an academic claim in a leading journal about the incidence of side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs has sparked anger in the medical community and potentially undermined…
A public health own goal.
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What we know about statins comes almost entirely from commercial interests. So what we take for knowledge about their harms and benefits is actually information designed to optimise the drug makers’ responsibility…
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