Stopping Statins After Stroke May Raise Risk of Another

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Stroke survivors who stop taking cholesterol-lowering statins are at increased risk for another stroke, a new study finds. Researchers studied more than 45,000 ischemic stroke survivors who were prescribed a statin within 90 days of leaving the hospital. Ischemic stroke is caused by …

Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Physicians might be relying too heavily on “off-label” use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica) to treat pain more frequently, partly in …

A Layer of Fat Around Your Heart May Be Just as Risky as Belly Fat—Here’s Who’s Most Likely to Have It

You already know that fat around your midsection—aka visceral fat—is more dangerous than fat stored elsewhere on the body, because it surrounds your organs and releases compounds that contribute to inflammation. But that same type of visceral fat can also accumulate in a hidden location that may be just as harmful, if not more …