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Statins may cause fatigue

Individuals taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are more likely than non-users to experience decreased energy, fatigue upon exertion, or both, a new study has revealed.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, suggest that these findings should be taken into account by doctors when weighing risk versus benefit in prescribing statins. Statin drugs are among the best selling and most widely used prescription drugs on the market.

Recently, increasing attention has focused on statins’ side effects, particularly their effect on exercise.

While some patients reported fatigue or exercise intolerance when placed on statins, randomised trials had not previously addressed occurrence of fatigue-with-exertion or impaired energy in patients on statins relative to placebo.

In the June 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues present randomized trial data which show that these side effects were significantly greater in persons placed on statins than those on a placebo.
 
Robotic bed that makes itself after you wake up

A Spanish furniture manufacturer has invented a bed that makes itself when it is unoccupied.

The device by OHEA features a mechanised system that swings into action when the person gets off the bed.

The mechanical arms then grab the edges of the duvet, while levers lift and straighten the pillows, the Sun reported.

The entire process takes about 50 seconds from start to finish, after which the bed is ready to be slept in again. The firm has yet to reveal how much their Smart Bed will cost.

Sucrose offers sweet and minty relief for cough

People usually take cough drops or syrup at the first sign of a cough, but how these popular remedies work has been unknown to scientists.
Now, new research from the Monell Centre has suggested that sucrose and menthol, ingredients commonly regarded as flavorings in these preparations, each act independently to reduce coughing.

Cough is a vital protective reflex that clears the respiratory tract of threats from mechanical stimuli like food and chemical stimuli such as airborne toxins and pollutants. As such, cough is necessary to protect the lungs, keep airways clear, and preserve life.

“Individuals with a weak cough reflex are at increased risk of pneumonia and of choking. Conversely, many acute and chronic conditions involve frequent coughing, leading to 30 million health care visits annually, with billions spent on over-the-counter medications and billions more lost due to reduced productivity,” said lead author, Paul M. Wise, Ph.D., a sensory psychologist at Monell.

However, many aspects of coughing remain poorly understood, including how chemicals act to trigger and modulate cough.

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