Health Highlights: May 6, 2013
Pfizer Offers Viagra Online; FDA Criticized for OK'ing Combo Cholesterol Pill; Veterans at Higher Risk for Traffic Crashes
Nissen said the drugs can be prescribed separately if doctors want patients to have both of them. But due to the FDA's approval of the combination pill Liptruzet, it may be discovered that Zetia really doesn't prevent heart problems only after the medicine has become even more widely used.
Merck spokeswoman Pamela Eisele told Forbes.com that the company is "confident in ezetimibe and in the established relationship between lowering LDL cholesterol and reducing cardiovascular events."
Veterans at Higher Risk for Traffic Crashes
U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who have left military service have a 75 percent higher rate of fatal traffic crashes than civilians, according to The Washington Post.
It also said that veterans who have done multiple tours to combat zones are at highest risk for traffic crashes and that troops still in uniform are more likely to have traffic crashes in the months immediately after returning from deployment than in the months immediately before.
One explanation for the findings is that soldiers continue with driving habits that could prove lifesaving in war zones but are dangerous on America's roads. These behaviors include straddling lanes, racing through intersections, swerving on bridges and not wearing seat belts because they slow escape from the vehicle, The Post reported.
In addition, thousands of veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder, which increases aggressive driving. Research also suggests that drunken driving and thrill-seeking are more common among combat veterans.
The issue of traffic crashes among veterans was revealed by research along with the observations of soldiers, veterans and counselors, The Post reported.