Navigation Links
Statins May Not Protect Against Pneumonia

Hope that the drugs could fight infection was premature, expert says,,,,

THURSDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don't lower the risk of pneumonia in the elderly, according to a study that appears to dash hopes for this use of the drugs.

"Prior research based on automated claims data had raised some hope -- and maybe some hype -- for statins as a way to prevent and treat infections, including pneumonia," Dr. Sascha Dublin, an assistant investigator at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, said in a news release from the organization. "But when we used medical records to get more detailed information about patients, our findings didn't support that approach."

Dublin and her colleagues looked at the records of more than 3,000 people, ages 65 to 94, who were relatively healthy and had intact immune systems. They found that pneumonia risk was actually 26 percent higher among those using statins and even higher (61 percent) for pneumonia severe enough to require hospitalization.

The study appears online and in the June 20 issue of the British Medical Journal.

"As a doctor, I'm a fan of statins for what they've been proven to do: lowering cholesterol and risk of heart disease and stroke in people who've had either disease or are at risk for them," Dublin said. "But now we and some others have found that statins may have gotten some unearned credit for health benefits that they don't actually have, including preventing pneumonia."

More information

The American Lung Association has more about pneumonia.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Group Health, news release, June 16, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Stopping Statins After Stroke Doubles Death Risk
2. Research to shed new light on how statins benefit heart patients
3. Statins reduce loss of function, keeping old lungs young - even in smokers
4. Better Prostate Cancer Survival for Men Taking Statins
5. Statins After Bypass Lower Stroke Risk
6. Latest Study Says Statins Dont Slow Alzheimers
7. New Gene-Based Therapy an Alternative to Vytorin and Statins in Heart Disease Prevention and Treatment
8. Tendon complications, though rare, linked to statins
9. Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Tied to Tendon Woes
10. Women are treated less frequently than men with statins, aspirin and beta-blockers
11. Presents New Data on Statins at FDA Workshop Demonstrating How Patient-Reported Information Can Enhance Drug Safety Knowledge
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Statins May Not Protect Against Pneumonia
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... United Benefit ... welcome Winter-Dent & Company as its newest Partner Firm. Based in Jefferson City, ... client's most trusted advisor regardless of whether that client is a business, a ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... With Thanksgiving right around the ... safety tips to help protect your family and vehicle. , According to the National ... Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Amica is sharing the following safety tips from the NHTSA: ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. Rodney E. Willey , has answered ... venture, Koala Center for Sleep Disorders, provides treatment for snoring and sleep apnea ... opened a Koala Center for Sleep Disorders in the US, one of four in the ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... IN (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. ... his office to help the community stress less this holiday season. During the ... additional stress in people's lives and the team at AlignLife want to help provide ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dehydration, defined as a ... water to perspiration in the hot sun, and heat stroke and death will quickly ... and radio host Sharon Kleyne. Every cell, system and structure requires water to function ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Array BioPharma Inc. ... Chief Executive Officer, Ron Squarer , will ... in New York.  The public is welcome to ... the Array BioPharma website.Event:Piper Jaffray Annual Healthcare ConferencePresenter:  ... December 2, 2015Time:1:30 p.m. Eastern Time Webcast: ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , 24. November 2015 ... Breathing Pacemaker Systems, ist erfreut, die Berufung ... Consultant bekannt geben zu können. ...   --> Foto - ... (Schweden). Von 1984-1986 war er Fellow ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 Avery Biomedical Devices ... pleased to announce the appointment of Anders Jonzon ... Dr. Jonzon is ... at Children,s Hospital, Uppsala University, Uppsala and Children,s Hospital, ... he was a fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute (UCSF). ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: