New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins

For most people struggling with high cholesterol, a prescription for a statin medication is enough to help lower their numbers with relatively few problems. But for some, the side effects outweigh the benefits of statin use. “There is a tremendous unmet need” beyond statins, said Dr. Robert S. Rosenson, director of the Cardiometabolics Unit at … Continue reading New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins




Cutting the umbilical cord? Not so fast, says new research

Throughout history, our ancestors understood the nutrient-rich nature of the umbilical cord and of leaving babies attached to it minutes beyond birth. Some mammals, such as chimpanzees, leave the cord attached for days after delivery, while others slowly chew it off. Now, a new study from Baylor Research Institute shows the science behind those animal … Continue reading Cutting the umbilical cord? Not so fast, says new research




Food industry petitions FDA on trans fat ruling

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration took a stand for America’s heart health, requiring food manufacturers to remove artificial trans fats from processed food within three years. Now, the food industry is petitioning for certain exemptions to continue using trans fats in hundreds of food products. So what exactly is trans fat? You’ve heard of it, seen it … Continue reading Food industry petitions FDA on trans fat ruling




New gel cap used in the NICU to help prevent ‘flat head syndrome’

Most parents already know that babies should sleep on their backs. But, as an important way to prevent infant suffocation, backside snoozing comes with unfortunate complications, including skull deformity. The problem is worse for premature babies, whose ultra-soft heads can’t withstand the pressure from long-term rest on a flat surface. As a result, their small … Continue reading New gel cap used in the NICU to help prevent ‘flat head syndrome’