No, Drinking Coffee Won’t Save Your Life Or Prevent Heart Attacks

Once again the media has swallowed the bait hook, line, and sinker. Following the publication of a  a new study in the journal Heart last night, hundreds of news reports have now appeared extolling the miraculous benefits of coffee. Here’s just one typical headline from the Los Angeles Times: “Another reason to drink coffee: It’s good for your heart, study…

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No Retraction For You! Review Panel Exonerates Medical Journal In Statin Kerfuffle

An independent review panel has rejected a demand by a prominent researcher that TheBMJ retract two controversial articles. The report largely exonerates the journal’s editors from any wrongdoing. As previously reported, Rory Collins, a prominent researcher and head of the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ (CTT) Collaboration, had demanded that TheBMJ retract two articles that were highly critical of statins. Although TheBMJ issued a correction…

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BMJ Names Panel Members To Review Disputed Statin Articles

The BMJ has released the names of an outside expert panel who will decide the fate of two articles that are the subject of a heated dispute. As previously reported, last week the BMJ published a correction to two papers published last year, explaining that both papers had  inaccurately overstated the incidence of the adverse effects of statins. However, a…

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BMJ Articles Critical Of Statins Provoke Kerfuffle

The authors of two BMJ articles have withdrawn statements about the adverse effects of statins. The two papers inaccurately cite an earlier publication and therefore overstate the incidence of adverse effects of statins. As a result, the two papers have drawn much criticism and set off a kerfuffle involving the editor of BMJ and a prominent British trialist who is demanding…

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Studies Suggest You Can Help Your Heart By Walking More And Eating More Fiber

It probably won’t come as a surprise, but walking more and eating more fiber are probably good for your heart. That’s the conclusion of two new studies, but because the studies relied on observational data it should be emphasized that they are incapable of demonstrating cause and effect. And it’s by no means clear that most…

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People Who Live Near Airports At Increased Risk For Cardiovascular Disease

Most previous research on the health effects of noise has focused on road noise. Now two new observational studies published in BMJ extend the research to noise from airports and provide fresh evidence that people who live near airports are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. In the first paper, Anna Hansell and colleagues in the UK analyzed data from 3.6…

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Cuban History Offers Important Lessons For Global Health Today

A large new study from Cuba shows the impressive benefits that can be achieved with weight loss and increased exercise. Much more ominously, the same study shows the dangers associated with weight gain and less exercise. In the study, published in BMJ, researchers took advantage of a “natural” experiment that occurred in Cuba as a result of a…

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High Potency Statins Linked To Increased Risk For Acute Kidney Injury

Although the beneficial effects of high-potency statins have been well-characterized in clinical trials, these same trials have lacked the power to illuminate rare but potentially important adverse events. A suggestion of one such area of concern, acute kidney injury, was first raised in the JUPITER trial. Now, a new study published in BMJ provides further information about this…

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Popular Antidepressants May Put Patients At Risk For Serious Arrhythmias

In August 2011 the FDA issued a safety communication recommending that the extremely popular antidepressant citalopram (Celexa) not be used at doses greater than 40 mg/day because of a potential increased risk for serious cardiac arrhythmias associated with prolongation of the QT interval. Now a study published in BMJ lends support to this warning and suggests that…

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Acute Kidney Injury Associated With Dual Antihypertensive Therapy And NSAIDs

Adding a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to dual antihypertensive therapy (a diuretic plus either an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker) is associated with an increase in risk for kidney injury, according to a large new retrospective study published in BMJ. Click here to read the complete story on Forbes.  …

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