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Can Statin Drugs Impair Your Fitness?

June 6th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins – medications such as Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, and Pravachol – have been getting their share of bad publicity. Recent press reports have shown possible links between the use of statin drugs and the development of dementia and diabetes. If this were not enough, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has shown that the drug Zocor may actually impair the development of aerobic fitness associated with exercise.… Read the rest

Do Z-Paks Really Kill?

June 12th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

Many of you have read recent press reports regarding a study that concluded that the commonly used antibiotic called azithromycin, the “Z-Pak”, is associated with an increase in cardiovascular death. Ouch! Really? Since this study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it is probably worth a closer look.

Expert Opinion: The traditional method used by the press to address a controversial question like this is to trot out a celebrity doctor, like Dr.… Read the rest