Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

Statin Dangers: No Longer Anecdotal

NY Times: F.D.A. Warns of Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects

Reports about memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion span all statin drugs and all age groups of patients, the F.D.A. said. Dr. Egan said the reports were rare, but those affected often feel “fuzzy” or unfocused in their thinking.

And:

The symptoms generally were not serious and went away within a few weeks after patients stopped taking the medications. Some people affected had been taking a statin for a day, others for years.

No!

Before anyone is prescribed a statin, they should have a brain imaging study to provide a reference point of cognitive functioning.

If any side-effects develop, another brain imaging study would show it when compared to the pre-statin one.

And as far as I’m concerned, the side-effect is permanent. I can’t prove it — because I don’t have the set of images I suggest — but my short-term memory is not as good as it was before I encountered a statin.

Previously:

Here: Statin Drugs Category
At Mike Cane 2008: Statin Drugs Category

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Apple Abandons iSlate Trademark

Before we knew it would be called “iPad,” Apple also filed for the “iSlate” trademark around the world:

Apple Will Call It iSlate: Latest Proof (Ironically, that post also links to the currently-disputed iPad trademark in Taiwan, which was filed back in 2000!)

Just as Apple used a beard company for some “iPad” trademark filings (IP Application Development), they used the beard company Slate Computing (USA) LLC for “iSlate” filings.

What links the two companies to Apple is that Slate Computing also holds the “iPad” trademark, confirming this is all Apple behind the beards.

I wondered this morning if Apple would use that “iSlate” trademark, so I went to look at it.

I learned that they abandoned it in October 2011.

See the filing after the break.

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