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Mediterranean Diet for a Healthy Heart

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Mediterranean diet, based on fruits, vegetables, virgin olive oil and tree nuts, rich in antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids, has long been believed to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Oddly enough though, until now, there have been no proper scientific studies done to test these assumptions.

Coffee Might Reduce Liver Cancer Risk

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Francesca Bravi, ScD, from the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri in Milan, Italy, led a team of investigators who evaluated published studies on the risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) which included quantitative information on coffee consumption. They concluded that overall relative risk for coffee drinkers vs nondrinkers was 0.59 (95% CI, 0.49 - 0.72) and the overall relative risk for an increase in 1 cup of coffee per day was 0.77 (95% CI, 0.72 - 0.82).

Simvastatin May Help Treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Beata Banaszewska, MD, PhD, of the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland, and colleagues conducted a prospective, crossover study on 48 women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which showed that the addition of simvastatin to oral contraceptive pill (OCP) decreases total and free testosterone level, hirsutism, luteinizing hormone level, and luteinizing hormone:follicle-stimulating hormone ratio, but has no significant effect on follicle-stimulating hormone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), pr

Statins May Reduce Incidence of Dementia And Parkinson's Disease

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There has recently been a lot of coverage in the mainstream media about statins reducing the risk of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. They forgot to mention though, that this was only shown to be true for simvastatin, and not for atorvastatin or lovastatin. Other statins have not been investigated by this study.