Tag Archives: Risk

New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

(Reuters) – Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as potent cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke. The recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, last issued in 2013, continue to avoid target levels for “bad”… Read More »

Double the risk of death! The problem with headline health statistics

By Tom Chivers How should scientists and journalists report risk? The way in which a statistic is presented can entirely change how alarming it sounds. And too often, both newspapers and scientific journals choose the most alarming, but least informative, way. For instance, according to a widely reported study published in the BMJ this month, if… Read More »