New cholesterol guidelines

As you may have heard, the new NCEP cholesterol guidelines were released yesterday. The biggest change is a goal LDL of < 70 in the very high risk group. Now, what classifies as very high risk? They are the following:

Established CAD plus:
i) multiple major risk factors (esp. diabetes)
ii) severe and poorly controlled risk factors (i.e. continued smoking)
iii) multiple risk factors of ...

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Medrants has recently ranted about going to back to basics:

We need to return to first principles. The reason we became physicians was to care for people, not patients! By that I mean, caring for the patient, rather than the disease.

We need a revolution in our thinking. This revolution actually is occuring in retainer practices and cash only practices. Patients will, I believe, be willing to pay ...

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Harvard Medical School is planning a medical campus in the United Arab Emirates. Some interesting points:

. . . there are enormous hurdles to fostering US-style health care in a region where medicine is so spotty that the 100 million Persian Gulf residents spend $25 billion a year getting treatment elsewhere, according to Dubai Healthcare City officials. Many medical school students enroll straight out of high school and ...

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Associated Press:
Some of the world's biggest drug companies are working behind the scenes to convince regulators to let older cholesterol-lowering drugs be sold without a prescription in low doses, as Britain has just done.

While doctors say the drugs are safe, less than one-half of Americans who could benefit take them, mostly those at highest risk of heart disease, other complications and death, experts say. Most of the ...

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