Monday May 29th 2017

Statins aren’t a wonder drug | Malcolm Kendrick

The claims made for statins are overblown. They are not a cure for most of the major diseases afflicting western civilisationStatins are the most widely prescribed drugs in medical history. They appear to have effortlessly conquered heart disease. If guidance proposed by Nice – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – is followed, 15 million people in the UK, most with no history of heart disease, could soon be taking them.A recent study by researchers at Imperial College London made the claim that “statins have virtually no side effects, with users experiencing fewer adverse symptoms than if they had taken a placebo”. This can only mean that statins make people feel better.The Oxford University professor Rory Collins this weekend accused critics of the drugs of misleadi…

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Statins aren’t a wonder drug | Malcolm Kendrick

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