Statin use by obese men may raise prostate cancer risk
NEW YORK Use of statins to lower cholesterol may increase the risk of prostate cancer in obese men, particularly if they’re used over a long period of time, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epedimiology.
The study, led by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, examined 1,001 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2002 and 2005 and 942 similarly aged men without cancer in the control group.
The researchers did not find a link between present or past use of statins and prostate cancer risk overall, but did find an increased risk of prostate cancer among obese men associated with current statin use over long periods of time.
AARP Web site offers users health information tools
WASHINGTON Users of AARP’s Web site now have access to health tools that provide consumers with health information, AARP announced Thursday.
The tools are designed to help users understand health symptoms and conditions, as well as find doctors and hospitals.
“Online tools like this truly empower those who may be seeking health information for themselves and family caregivers to more easily navigate today’s healthcare options,” said Nataki Clark, AARP’s director of online marketing. “Consumers can take advantage of these resources in order to maintain their independence as they age and live the most vibrant lives possible.”
Kmart signs on with eRx Network for its claims services
FORT WORTH, Texas Kmart Pharmacy has selected eRx Network as its business partner for claims switching, editing and reporting services, eRx announced Friday.
The company provides its services to more than 40,000 retail pharmacies across the country and has provided retail pharmacies with claims management services since 2001.
“We are very pleased to expand our partnership with Kmart Pharmacy,” eRx President and chief executive officer Murray Lyle said. “We are committed to providing our customers with industry leading support, expertise and technology offerings to enable their pharmacies to focus on patient care.”