April 27, 2012
Rate of Statin-Linked Muscle Woes Unclear, Study
It's been long known that
people on high doses of statins, cholesterol-lowering medications
taken by millions of Americans, are at risk for a rare yet serious
muscle condition. However, new research suggests that the frequency
of the condition, called rhabdomyolysis, is a bit less clear due to
confusion with the codes health professionals use to classify and
report such problems.
Health Tip: Caring for a Sunburn
Sunburn can occur as quickly as 15 minutes
after exposure to the sun begins, and the effects can range from
mildly uncomfortable to quite painful.
More Babies Today Have Irregular Head Shape:
The incidence of babies
with irregular head shapes, such as a flattened section in the back
of the skull, have increased in the United States since the Back to
Sleep campaign was introduced in 1994 to prevent sudden infant
death syndrome, an expert says.
Some Schools Don't Let Kids Carry Asthma
Although all 50 states have
laws that allow children with asthma to carry inhalers at school
and 48 states have laws that let youngsters carry epinephrine pens
for serious allergies, experts say that some kids are still being
denied access to these lifesaving medications during the school
Upper-Body Strength Key for NASCAR Drivers
program that focuses on building upper body strength can improve
success for stock car drivers, such as those on the NASCAR circuit,
a new study suggests.
Afinitor Approval Expanded to Include Benign Kidney
Afinitor (everolimus) is
the first drug to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration to treat benign kidney tumors among people with a
rare genetic condition called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), the
agency said in a news release.