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Weekly Recap in Health News: December 06, 2013

Here is the recap of this week’s news in health:

When Should Medicine Be Prescribed To Lower Cholesterol?  The FDA’s proposed ban on trans fats and new heart disease prevention guidelines jointly released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have stirred up debate over best practices to improve heart health.

Blood pressure control tied to decline in stroke mortality over past 50 years Antihypertensive therapy is probably the main reason why stroke fatalities have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past 50 years, according to an American Heart Association study published Dec. 5 in Stroke.

Statins Are Not the Only Solution to Elevated Cholesterol One of the most important things to understand before beginning a medication regimen is whether or not medications, like statins, are entirely necessary. Natural treatments often get unfair criticism from the medical community and finding accurate information about treatment alternatives can be a daunting task.

Cholesterol ‘fuels’ breast cancer A by-product of cholesterol can fuel the deadly growth and spread of breast cancer, according to a group of scientists. It raises the prospect that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins could prevent cancer.

5 Drug-Free Ways to Control High Blood Pressure We do know that high blood pressure can cause heart disease. But it does not stop there. This silent killer has been liked to serious conditions such as heart attack, stroke, dementia, and kidney failure, among others.