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Brown Rice Finally Joins Whole

The FDA has me scratching my head again. Last month they deemed brown rice to be whole grain. Um, who ever thought it wasn’t a whole-grain food? From 1991 until now, the FDA, which regulates food labels for all U.S. packaged products, didn’t allow brown rice to use the official …

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Statin Study: Cholesterol Drug's Muscle

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2008 — Cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) are one of the great health breakthroughs of the 20th century—they’re safe and can dramatically lower LDL, the bad cholesterol. But they’re not risk-free: Some people experience muscle pains, known as myopathy, which can make taking the …

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Cholesterol Drug Confusion: Is the Cancer Risk Real?

THURSDAY, Sept. 4 (Health.com) — The news hit this week that a cholesterol-lowering drug called Vytorin was linked to a possible risk of cancer. If you’re one of millions of Americans who take a cholesterol-lowering drug—and possibly even unsure which type you are taking—you may be concerned. So what is …

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Statins: Can Cholesterol

By Anne HardingMONDAY, Oct. 27 (Health.com) — People who take statins and end up in the hospital with pneumonia are more likely to survive than those who are not taking a cholesterol-lowering drug, according to a study in Archives of Internal Medicine. It’s possible that statins, some of the most …

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FDA Says Cholesterol Drug Vytorin OK for Patients

Jama.ama-assn.org By Theresa TamkinsTHURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2009 (Health.com) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that it’s OK for patients to continue taking the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. The federal agency made the announcement after completing a review of the results of a controversial study, known as the …

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American Heart Association Says Omega

123rf By Kate StinchfieldMONDAY, Jan. 26, 2009 (Health.com) — For the first time, the American Heart Association has issued an advisory urging Americans to make sure they get an adequate intake of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are found vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds, and often don’t get as …

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1 in 3 Americans Has High Triglycerides

Istockphoto By Anne HardingMONDAY, March 23, 2009 (Health.com) — What the heck are triglycerides? If you don’t know, you have plenty of company. The fatty particles found in your blood are important for heart health, but don’t get nearly as much attention as, say, cholesterol. Now a new study suggests …

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Breast

123rf By Denise MannMONDAY, April 20, 2009 (Health.com) — When Lana Phillip, now 45, decided to breast-feed her baby, she never imagined she would continue for three whole years. “I was living in Jamaica at the time where we say ‘breast is best,’ but I continued for so long mainly …

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