March 31, 2010

Meds for Healthy People

1 Market for Cholesterol Drug Expands

Makers of the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor have gotten the go-ahead from the Food and Drug Administration to start marketing the pills to people who don't have high cholesterol yet but might wish to take the medication as a preventive measure. Under the guidelines set out by the FDA, the market for statins will expand by 6.5 million people, beyond the 80 million who have high enough cholesterol to be candidates for the drugs already. Some doctors worry using the medication in people who are healthy is itself a health risk. A study showed the drugs could increase the risk of a person developing diabetes. What's more, the test that will determine if people are good candidates for the drug measure inflammation in the body, and there's no consensus that inflammation causes heart disease.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Cholesterol, Statins, High Cholesterol, Cholesterol Drugs, Crestor

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Doctor Knows Best

2 Net Surfing May Be Detrimental to Your Health

The internet has opened up entire worlds to many, including patients who might be searching for answers to medical questions without a doctor’s guidance. But, while the internet can provide helpful information, it can also be misleading, frightening and even dangerous. Pamela Hartzband MD and Jerome Groopman MD of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, writing in the March 25 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine state, “Falsehoods are easily and rapidly propagated on the Internet: once you land on a site that asserts a false rumor as truth, hyperlinks direct you to further sites that reinforce the falsehood.” The article says there’s no substitute for the interaction between physician and patient and “The doctor, in our view, will never be optional.”

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Internet Surfing, Self Diagnosis, Pamela Hartzband, Jerome Groopman, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, New England Journal of Medicine, Misinformation from Internet

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