Study finds high rate of prescriptions not filled for new cholesterol lowering drugs
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  October 11, 2017  
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 Study finds high rate of prescriptions not filled for new cholesterol lowering drugsStudy finds high rate of prescriptions not filled for new cholesterol lowering drugs
 
In the first year of availability of the cholesterol lowering medications PCSK9 inhibitors, fewer than 1 in 3 adults initially prescribed one of these inhibitors actually received it, owing to a combination of out-of-pocket costs and lack of insurance approval, according to a study published by JAMA Cardiology.
 
 
 Study compares long-term metabolic effects of conventional and genetically-modified soybean oilStudy compares long-term metabolic effects of conventional and genetically-modified soybean oil
 
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have tested a genetically-modified (GM) soybean oil used in restaurants and found that while it induces less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, its effects on diabetes and fatty liver are similar to those of conventional soybean oil.
 
   Mitochondrial DNA copy number appears to be predictive of sudden cardiac death, heart attacksMitochondrial DNA copy number appears to be predictive of sudden cardiac death, heart attacks
 
Johns Hopkins researchers report that the level, or "copy number," of mitochondrial DNA--genetic information stored not in a cell's nucleus but in the body's energy-creating mitochondria--is a novel and distinct biomarker that is able to predict the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths a decade or more before they happen.
 
   Skipping breakfast may increase the risk of atherosclerosis, study findsSkipping breakfast may increase the risk of atherosclerosis, study finds
 
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicated that skipping breakfast is linked with an augmented risk of atherosclerosis — a condition where the arteries are narrowed or hardened because of the building up of plague.
 
   Cardiovascular risk factors for married men linked to changes in relationship quality over timeCardiovascular risk factors for married men linked to changes in relationship quality over time
 
The available research points to an association between marital status and health, but it's not clear whether this observed link is influenced by the health of people entering into marriage or the protective effects of the marriage itself.
 
 Out-of-pocket costs often keep pricey new cholesterol drugs out of reach, study finds
 
Access to powerful new cholesterol-lowering drugs is so tightly controlled and patients' out-of-pocket costs are so high that fewer than a third of people whose doctors prescribe the drugs get them, a new study found.
 
 
 Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in high-risk heart attack patients
 
Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in high-risk heart attack patientsThe slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation, according to preliminary research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.