Tag: statins

Newsbriefs: Music & Dementia; Statin Compliance in Older Adults

Music Beneficial for Dementia-Related Behaviors
A recent small study suggests that exposing people with dementia to music they have enjoyed in their lifetime may help ease behavioral and psychological symptoms like agitation, apathy, sleep disturbances, and constant movement. For the study (Geriatrics & Gerontology International, Nov. 20, 2018), 51 people with

Fish Oil: A Quick Fix for Your Heart Health?

About 8 percent of Americans take fish oil supplements, likely due to research suggesting they may help protect heart health. However, two trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Nov. 10, 2018, show mixed results on the benefits of fish oil. If you’re taking it, should you

Cholesterol Charts: Explaining Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol Charts: Explaining Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol levels, as you likely know, may be linked to our risk of heart attack and stroke—two of the major preventable causes of disability and death in the Western world. If you have an annual medical or regular health check-up, it’s likely that you’ve had your cholesterol levels checked.

In this

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

Are You Taking a Statin “Just in Case?”

More and more seniors without a history of cardiovascular disease are taking statins to prevent heart attack and stroke. But recent research (BMJ, Sept. 5, 2018), suggests that statins do not reduce cardiovascular disease or death in healthy seniors age 75 and older. According to the data, any protective effect

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of

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