Beyond the coronary arteries: Possible benefits of statin drugs Part II: Specific syndromes

Statins can reduce the risk of heart attacks and other major clinical manifestations of coronary artery disease (CAD) by up to 37%, with the greatest benefit going to men at the highest risk. And since heart disease is America's leading cause of death, it's no wonder that the seven statin drugs are the best-selling prescription medications in the United States. This article examines the noncoronary effects of statins, starting with the vascular and cardiac effects that are most closely related to cholesterol and coronary artery disease. (Locked) More »

Acupuncture for ED?

Research is beginning to consider the possibility that acupuncture may help some men with erectile dysfunction. Acupuncture merits more study, both in relation to ED and to a host of other purported uses.  Men who are attracted to "all-natural" therapies should work on lifestyle changes that can preserve or improve erectile function. (Locked) More »

Money talks: Financial incentives for health

Smoking and obesity are two of the most pressing and recalcitrant lifestyle problems in America. Smoking rates have come down, but progress is slowing. And despite lots of attention to the problem, obesity rates continue to grow. Can financial incentives help when common sense and medical advice have failed? Two studies suggest the answer is a qualified yes. More »

Alcohol after a heart attack

My husband just had a mild heart attack, and now he wants to have wine with dinner every night. We've both heard that wine is good for the heart, but I'm worried that it may not be safe so soon after. I hope you can reassure me or restrain my husband. (Locked) More »