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New Study Says Statins May Lead Some Patients To Pig Out

Ten years of U.S. data suggest cholesterol-lowering statins are giving patients a license to pig out. Calorie and fat intake increased among statin users during the decade — an indication many patients might be abandoning heart-healthy lifestyles.

04/24/2014

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Experts Defend New Heart Attack Prevention Advice

Heart experts who wrote new guidelines for preventing heart attacks and strokes are defending a formula that some doctors say overestimates risk for certain groups.

11/18/2013

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Healthy And Obese? It’s Possible

Usually being obese means a higher chance of developing health problems. But, a new study shows that it is possible to be fat and fit – and also to be at no greater risk for some chronic diseases.

09/05/2012

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Blood Type Might Be A Clue To Heart Disease Risk

Here’s another reason to know your blood type — it might be a clue to your risk of heart disease. People who have blood types A, B, or AB have a slightly higher risk of heart disease compared to those with type O.

08/14/2012

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Kids’ Cholesterol Down; Fewer Trans Fats Cited

Finally some good news about cholesterol and kids: A big government study shows that in the past decade, the proportion of children who have high cholesterol has fallen.

08/07/2012

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Docs At Odds Over Kids’ Cholesterol Test Guidelines

Should all U.S. children get tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids.

07/23/2012

Special School Helps Teen Combat Childhood Obesity

UT Southwestern Doctors Make Obesity Breakthrough

Some North Texas researchers believe they have found a way to control obesity by manipulating molecules in the heart. Researchers at UT Southwestern have demonstrated, for the first time, that the heart can regulate energy balance.

04/30/2012

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Local Doctor Talks Cholesterol, Child Diets, Memory

Dr. Crystal Foster with Baylor Health Care System offers her medical insight on some of the latest health headlines.

03/28/2012

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Merck: FDA Won’t OK Its Combo Cholesterol Drug

Federal regulators have decided not to approve a new combination cholesterol drug made by Merck & Co., at least for now.

03/05/2012

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FDA Adds New Safety Information To Statin Drugs

Federal health officials are adding new safety warnings about risks of memory loss and elevated blood sugar to statins, a widely prescribed group of cholesterol-lowering medications.

02/28/2012

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Panel: Test Every Child For Cholesterol By Age 11

Every child should be tested for high cholesterol by age 11 so steps can be taken to prevent heart disease later on, a panel of doctors urged Friday in new advice that is sure to be controversial.

11/11/2011

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NIH Stops Study Of Niacin To Prevent Heart Attacks

A drug that boosts people’s good cholesterol didn’t go on to prevent heart attacks or strokes, leading U.S. officials to abruptly halt a major study Thursday.

05/26/2011