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FDA Advisors Recommend Against Approving OTC Statin For The Third Time
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
This is the third time that the FDA advisory committee has rejected Merck's proposed otc statin Mevacor application. FDA does not feel that consumers could make an appropriate self-selection decision.

First Time in 50 Years - Average Total-Cholesterol Levels Fall Below 200 mg/dL
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
Down in 2006 from 222mg/dL in 1962 and 204mg/dL in 2000 to 199 for 2005-2006. An analysis from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reports.

Education Encourages Health-Seeking Behavior for Diabetics
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
An educational program is effective to encourage health-seeking behavior for infections in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial.

Age at Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Long-Term Outcomes
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
Patients diagnosed between 0 and 9 years of age were significantly less likely to have had a heart attack then those diagnosed between 10 and 13 years of age.

Physical Activity Linked to Decrease in Mortality Risk
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wake up and smell the coffee. Engaging in physical activity for at least 3 hours per week was associated with a decrease in mortality risk of 27%, according to the results of a prospective study.

Calcium Deposits in Arteries: An Indicator of Heart Disease in Women?
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Women typically considered at “low risk” for heart disease and cardiovascular disease events (heart attacks, heart pain, stroke) may actually be at high risk if they exhibit coronary artery calcium (CAC).

Is Fasting Good For A Diabetic’s Heart?
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007
A recent study suggests that people who adhere to fasting once a month are significantly less likely to suffer from heart disease. Even diabetics might benefit from this lifestyle.

Steroids Help Explain Why Obesity Can Lead to Diabetes and Hypertension
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007
A type of steroid called glucocorticoid has been shown to cause diabetes and hypertension (persistent high blood pressure). People who suffer from obesity are also known to produce significantly higher levels of glucocorticoids naturally than people of average weight.

Diabetes and Obesity Linked to Cancers
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2007
Obesity and diabetes linked to heart disease can also affect the incidence and severity of cancer, a collection of four new studies suggests.

Diabetes Linked to Blood Vessel Inflammation
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2007
U.S. researchers say they've identified a new pathway that increases a dangerous inflammation of blood vessels in people with diabetes.

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