June 18, 2012 |
Cholesterol medication Statins may cause fatigue THE QUESTION Although statins are popular for their cholesterol-lowering effect, might they also lower energy levels in those who take them? THIS STUDY involved 1,016 people age 20 and older with somewhat elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but no signs of heart disease or diabetes. They were randomly assigned to take a moderate dose of a statin — either simvastatin (Zocor, 20 milligrams)
August 15, 2008 |
FRIDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Statins might quickly help reverse erectile dysfunction among men who have metabolic syndrome, new animal research suggests. A threat to cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome is also known to raise the risk for erectile dysfunction (ED). The current finding indicates that statins may reduce levels of a specific protein that contributes to ED. "Each condition of metabolic syndrome phenomenon -- high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity -- independently raises the risk for...
October 28, 2008 |
TUESDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The death rate among people hospitalized for pneumonia was one-third lower for those taking statins than for those not taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a Danish study found. While the findings are preliminary and offer hope, more research is needed before doctors can prescribe statins as infection fighters, experts said. "I think we need to interpret these findings with caution," said Dr. Reimar W. Thomsen, professor of clinical epidemiology at Aarhus University, and lead...
August 15, 2008 |
FRIDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Statins reduce the perils facing obese people after they have the bypass surgery that restores blood flow to an endangered heart, a study finds. The study was done to help settle a running controversy about the ill effects of obesity in such cases, said Dr. Christina C. Wee, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, co-director of research in the division of general medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and lead author of a report in the Aug. 19 issue of...
December 9, 2008
TUESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don't interfere with rituximab, a medication used to treat lymphomas, say Mayo Clinic researchers, who also found that statins may actually slow progression of some kinds of lymphomas. Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody often used alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy to treat lymphomas -- cancers of the lymph system. A study published earlier this year suggested that statins may inhibit rituximab's ability to bind to CD20, a protein found...
July 23, 2008 |
WEDNESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers have discovered a genetic variant that causes some people who take cholesterol-lowering statins to have the muscle weakness called myopathy. "We found a variant that affects the transport of statins into the liver," said Dr. Rory Collins, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford and a leader of the group reporting the discovery in the July 24 online issue of theNew England Journal of Medicine. "That variant produces a high level of blood...