Medical Advances That May Affect You

Medicine changes so fast that doctors are hard-pressed to stay on top of the latest developments. That’s why they attend national medical meetings. At these meetings, they learn the latest information in their specialty. The annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) is one of the largest in the world. From the thousands of … Read More

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New Drug May Work When Statins Don’t Or Can’t

Cholesterol-lowering statins are highly effective in reducing heart attacks and stroke. But they don’t work for everyone, and sometimes, they can cause intolerable side effects. For these patients in particular, PCSK9 inhibitors bring new hope. A new class of drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in a different way than statins. They … Read More

Observational Studies: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

The Beating Edge raised a ruckus the other day with two words.  “Junk science”.  The phrase occurred in a quote from Steven Nissen, MD, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Nissen was evaluating an observational study that appeared to coffee that people who drank coffee lived longer lives. Dr. Nissen’s issue was how … Read More