Take Care: All About Your Health (February 2012)

FDA changing safety information for statins

Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by millions of Americans to prevent heart disease, have important health benefits — but taking them isn't risk-free.


Peripheral artery disease often missed, especially in women

That mystery leg pain that comes and goes.... The thought of peripheral artery disease may never cross your mind, but the American Heart Association is urging doctors and their patients — especially women — to pay more attention to this serious circulation condition.


Antibiotics don't help sinus infections, study finds

Taking the commonly-used antibiotic, amoxicillin, for most acute sinus infections doesn’t help with the symptoms or speed up recovery, according to a new study published in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association.


Nursing home risk: Dementia patients taking antidepressants fall more

Falls are a major safety risk in nursing homes, and a new study has found dementia patients in nursing homes taking antidepressants and sedatives are at an even higher risk of falling.


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