The issue remains contentious, with multiple studies and official health services giving sometimes confusing advice.
In the latest paper on the topic, researchers studied some people across England and Wales who had recently stopped taking their medication because of muscle symptoms.
Each person was randomly assigned to six, two-month treatment periods, when they were either given statins or a placebo. Neither the patient, nor their doctor were told which tablet they were receiving at any given time.
Participants rated muscle symptoms -- pain, weakness, tenderness, stiffness, or cramp -- on a scale of one to 10 at the end of each treatment period. The study, published in the BMJ journal, combined the results from all the patients and found that there was no overall difference in muscle symptom scores between the statin and placebo periods.
Two-thirds of the patients who completed the trial reported restarting long-term treatment with statins, the study said. The average age of participants was They said people might suffer these effects by chance at the same time as they take statins and mistakenly assume it is the drugs.
While statins do have side effects -- and in rare cases severe ones -- the BMJ report said there was no clear clinical evidence that they cause muscle problems. Meanwhile, Britain's National Health Service does list muscle pain as among the common side effects of statins. Commenting on the latest research, Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, said giving the same patient both statin and placebo could be useful "in real life to help patients understand the cause of their own possible side effects, which could also be applied to medications other than statins".
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Indeed, he was working on a visual snow study with a doctor who, on hearing descriptions of the condition, recognised the experiences as his own. Also, it is a condition that can strike regardless of age. At least, Wright suggests, you are never bored. There is only one charity funding research into the condition. The Eye on Vision Foundation was set up by Jennifer Ambrose, who has seen static upon closing her eyes, or in the dark, for as long as she can remember.
On waking up one morning to floating clouds and spots heavily obscuring her vision, she booked an appointment with an eye doctor, discovering only that she had no retinal tears and no visible damage.
As with many health conditions for which little therapeutic support is available, there is an active online community. The Visual Snow Support Group on Facebook has more than 5, members, and topics of conversation range from updates on neurology appointments to exchanging dietary tips.
Where available, these early vaccinations will protect optical staff and their patients by slowing or stopping viral transmission within their practice. William Culbertson, professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, United States, told Ophthalmology Times that ophthalmologists and staff at the institute started receiving vaccinations Dec.
In addition, at least one ophthalmologist — Dr. And it was a Chinese ophthalmologist who, in December , warned the world about what came to be known as COVID; the disease wound up causing his death. Those problems included eye discharge associated with conjunctivitis, eye rubbing, eye pain and eyelid swelling. While the COVID vaccines have, so far, not caused any worrying side effects related to vision, other vaccines have been linked to eye and vision side effects.
Common side effects of the flu vaccine include soreness, redness or swelling where the injection is given, along with headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches. A study published in concluded that optic neuritis is a rare complication from the vaccine for the measles-rubella MR vaccine.
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