Too many drug types causing negative repercussions on heart health

Heart disease is the number one killer disease with about 80 million Americans suffering from this disease. Majority of patients suffering from heart disease are using multiple drugs that in turn are compromising the overall health of these heart patients. A number of leading cardiologists who attended the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was held on March 9-11 in San Francisco has raised concerns with each of them voicing criticism over the use of multiple drugs in the treatment of heart disease.

The cardiologists opined that eliminating certain drugs would potentially improve care without compromising on the treatment related with heart disease. As evidence is emerging that, some medications are not effective. According to Dr. Steven Nissen – Head of the Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and past president of the ACC, he cast doubt whether the benefits are additive or not. The cardiologists are giving a second look on certain medications that include AbbVie’s Niaspan or prescription drug niacin that aims to raise good cholesterol. The other well known so called fenofibrate such as the top selling branded drug TriCor (also from the stables of AbbVie) that lowers the blood fats called triglycerides and beta blockers most of which are inexpensive older generics are also under the scanner of these cardiologists.

Earth plays host to weekend asteroid visitors

Planet Earth played the role of a host with an asteroid as big as a city block shot close relatively to the earth’s orbit on Saturday, which is the latest in a series of visiting celestial objects that included an asteroid the size of bus that exploded over Russia injuring over 1500 people. The newly discovered asteroid is named Asteroid 2013 ET is nearly eight times larger than the previous asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk- Russia as on February 15. The size of this asteroid is estimated to be around 100 meters (64mtrs by140mtrs).

The most interesting part of this asteroid is that it is unknown and is about two and half times as far as the moon, which is quite close on a cosmic yardstick. The asteroid moving at a speed of about 2600 miles per hour could have wiped out a large city if it had hit the earth as per the views of Slooh telescope engineer Paul Cox. Previously, the asteroid that hit the Russian part of Chelyabinsk has force of explosion equivalent of about 440 kilotons of dynamite that created shock waves shattering windows and damaged buildings.

On the same day of February 15, another small asteroid known as DA14 passed about 17,200 miles from Earth that is closer than the orbiting networks of weather and communication satellites. Two other small asteroids both about the size of the Russian meteor will also be on Earths’ orbit this weekend. The asteroid 2013 EC had passed the earth’s orbit just 93,000 miles away this Saturday, which is just stone’s throw of our earth’s atmosphere. Scientists assume that undetected objects can strike Earth without warning like the surprise meteor explosion over Russia last month creating a sense of insecurity for our planet earth.

Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s disease through precautionary advice

Alzheimer is a dreaded disease that is affecting an estimated 5.1 million Americans and the likelihood of getting it increases with the person reaching an age of 65 years or above. Within two years of its diagnosis, this disease can turn an individual into dud or lame duck with symptoms like incapability of recalling basic information, unable to communicate the simplest of thoughts and other linked up symptoms. Alzheimer disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States with more than $100 billion a year being spent on health care costs.

As per the opinion of Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy – Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and coauthor of the book “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan”, there is no magic bullet and no strategy that has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are certain tips or advice through which the Alzheimer’s disease can be avoided. Some of the advice or more prominent treatments that have gained attention include:

 

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