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  • Elevated Cholesterol Levels [hide all summaries]
    The evidence for treatment, especially with cholesterol-lowering drugs, is much weaker for people who have not yet had the cardiovascular disease described above, known as primary prevention. This is especially so for those people who do not have more than one of the following risk factors: hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity, or a close family history of premature heart attacks or strokes.

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  • Rethinking Health Care for the Elderly [hide all summaries]
    (November 2007)
    The authors of a recent British Medical Journal article plead for physicians to take a more global look at their patients, not to focus on individual diseases, and especially not to turn healthy patients into “sick” ones by the inappropriate use of certain prescription drugs. Rather than putting people on drugs for prevention of a disease they might never have, they recommend using the available money to improve the quality of life of their patients (e.g., provide cataract operations, joint replacement surgery, and personal care of those with dementia). Physicians should not turn the elderly population into patients worried about disease. Instead, they should provide them with the care needed to increase their enjoyment of day-to-day life.

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