Religion linked to better measures of heart health among Black Americans, study says

More religious participants had better scores for blood pressure, cholesterol and other metrics known to influence cardiovascular health, found a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association last Wednesday. For example, attending religious services was associated with a 15% higher likelihood of achieving an “intermediate” or “ideal”…

Many patients stop taking statins because of muscle pain, but statins aren’t causing it, new study says

“Our results confirm that, in the majority of cases, statin therapy is not likely to be the cause of muscle pain in a person taking statin therapy,” said the study, led by authors from Oxford Population Health and the Medical Research Council Population Health Research Unit at the University of…

Combination ‘polypill’ lowers the risk of major cardiovascular events, study finds

Study authors led by Dr. Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart in New York City and general director of the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research, looked at 2,499 patients in seven European countries who had a history of type 1 myocardial infarction in the past six months and…

Pfizer and BioNTech seek FDA authorization for updated Covid-19 booster

This updated formulation will combine the original vaccine with one that targets Omicron sublineages BA.4 and BA.5, and would be administered as a 30 microgram dose. The companies say they are following “guidance from the FDA” and are including clinical data of their bivalent BA.1 vaccine and pre-clinical and manufacturing…

White House Covid adviser Anthony Fauci announces departure from government

Issued on: 22/08/2022 – 18:31Modified: 22/08/2022 – 18:35 Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert who became a household name — and the subject of partisan attacks — during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than five decades of…

Almost half of cancer deaths globally are attributable to preventable risk factors, new study suggests

“To our knowledge, this study represents the largest effort to date to determine the global burden of cancer attributable to risk factors, and it contributes to a growing body of evidence aimed at estimating the risk-attributable burden for specific cancers nationally, internationally, and globally,” Dr. Chris Murray, director of the…