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Archive for March, 2005

Posted by sprague on March 16, 2005

British newspaper survey of statin drug problems in La Leva di Archimede (ENG): Deaths Lead to Complete Safety Review of Heart Drugs

Interestingly, Britain measures cholesterol levels in milimoles/liter, so a “good” level is under about 5.0, rather than, say 200, which is common in the U.S.

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Posted by sprague on March 15, 2005

DNA Direct is a company that specializes in genetic testing, offering a variety of tests, each priced at a few hundred dollars. Most of the tests are for breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, or infertility-related conditions. Unfortunately they don’t yet seem to offer tests for alzheimer’s or heart disease.

Wired News profiled the company, which was also featured on NPR.

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Posted by sprague on March 15, 2005

Wired News: Are Nanobacteria Making Us Ill?

Finnish biochemist Olavi Kajander claims that some 20-200 nanometer particles are responsible for many infectious diseases and represent a tiny form of life. Unclear what they are, although his original assertion that they include RNA was disproven.

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Is CoQ10 good for you?

Posted by sprague on March 11, 2005

How do you know that CoQ10 is good for you, or that its important for the heart?

The American Heart Association says this about CoQ10

Less CoQ10 has been observed in some people with cardiac failure due to different causes.Much of the research has been done in patients with congestive heart failure.Some of these studies have shown positive results and others haven’t.With one exception, these studies have been done with small numbers of patients for relatively short periods.It’s important to note that CoQ10 was given in addition to traditional drug treatments.This makes it hard to know which treatment was the effective one.

They did a survey called Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Chronic Heart Failure in the Adult where they analyzed all the available evidence for and against. I find it very hard to refute their claims, especially when the only well-articulated arguments I see in favor of CoQ10 are advertisements from vitamin companies.

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