In this issue, veteran science reporter Sharon Begley challenges another class of pharmaceuticals that has risen almost to the status of panacea, statin drugs (“The Cholesterol Conundrum”). Just about anyone with total cholesterol readings of 200 or higher will be offered statins by their primary care physician. Twenty-five percent of Americans 45 and older are on statins according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Doctors believe in these pills, and we take them because there’s reliable research showing that statins save lives. But not all lives.
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The Cholesterol Conundrum
Statin drugs benefit some people immensely but are taken by millions more. If you’re at low risk for heart disease, taking drugs to lower your cholesterol may be doing you no good. Is it time we took a second look at statins? More
Take It To The Limit
Diana Nyad makes swimming history by completing her journey from Cuba to Florida at age 64! Read our 2012 profile on this amazing athlete who reminds us to never give up. More
Build a Better Family Reunion
The summer get-together can be a magical experience—if you can make it through alive. Here’s how to reap the benefits of connection while avoiding the negativity. More
America’s Grand Hotels
To stay at any of these elegant lodgings is to venture back to another, more genteel time. More
In this new story from Linda McCullough Moore, an unexpected phone call stirs up buried memories. More
Farm Living Is the Life for Me
By: Philip Gulley
Turns out, farming is a lot simpler than it first appears. More
Save $1,000 Per Year on Cable
By: Jeff Bertolucci
How to cut the cord and get your shows from the Internet. More
The Best Gift Ever
By: Julie A. Evans
A medical diagnosis brought anger and depression into one woman’s life. But a simple proposition helped her snap out of it. More
By: Douglas P. Zipes, M.D.
Dr. Zipes offers advice on toxic friendships, LifeVests that prevent against sudden cardiac arrest, and fitness. More