Learn about a combination drug called a polypill that may drastically reduce the risk of heart disease in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is insidermedicine in 60. From Orlando According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, a combination drug called a polypill may drastically reduce the risk of heart disease. The pill, a mixture of aspirin, statin and three generic blood pressure medications was given to over 2,000 healthy people. The study showed a decrease in blood pressure, cholesterol levels and clotting. Researchers estimate that this polypill may be able to cut the risk of heart disease in half. From Norway, according to a study published in online Accident Analysis and Prevention, overuse of hypnotic sleep aids can lead to driving impairment. Analyzing all impaired driving cases in Norway from 2000-2007, researchers found that 46% of the drivers taking zopiclone, eszopiclone, and zolpidem had elevated blood concentrations of the drug causing impairment. This percentage of impairment is comparable to the amount of impairment caused by elevated blood alcohol levels. And finally, from New York, Setton Farms has announced a volunteer nationwide recall of pistachio products, due to concerns of salmonella contamination. The nuts being recalled, which include both shelled and unshelled pistachios, were shipped after September 1, 2008. Salmonella can cause potentially serious infections in young children, the elderly, and those already with weakened immune systems. For insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Susan Sharma.