Social Media Medicine Expert Dr. Veronica Anderson Publishes a New Blog Advising Readers About Side Effect Benefits of Statin Drugs

Dr. Veronica Anderson, Founder and Host of web radio talk show, Wellness for the Real World, a weekly resource for wellness of mind, body and spirit, discusses recent research about statin drugs protecting against death from influenza.

NEW YORK, NY – January 2, 2012Dr. Veronica Anderson, social media medicine expert and Founder and Host of health and wellness web radio talk show, Wellness for the Real World, recently published a blog on her website that discusses the decreased death risk from those who contract the flu, who were taking statins for their cholesterol. In her blog titled “Unexpected Flu Death Protection,” Dr. Veronica comments on recent medical research that claims astonishing protection against death from the flu.

Dr. Anderson writes, “You may not have expected it, but researchers have discovered a flu protection characteristic in a medication commonly used for treating high blood cholesterol. A drug called statin is an effective inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, which is a producer of cholesterol in the liver. In addition to lower cholesterol levels, statin users may get another benefit from the drug: a lower likelihood of dying if hospitalized with influenza, researchers found. How’s that for a positive side effect!”

“According to research published on MedPage Today, out of those individuals who were admitted to a hospital’s care because they have contracted serious cases of the flu, patients who were using statins survived the flu at a higher rate. They ran a risk of death at a 3.9% rate. Those who were not taking statin drugs had a higher chance of dying within 30 days, a death risk of 5.5%, reported the Oregon Public Health Division,” explains Dr. Anderson.

Wellness for the Real World features information on developing a healthy and fit mind, body and spirit in today’s dynamic society. Dr. Anderson adds her easily understandable, fun-infused voice to the broad-audience discussion on today’s most popular medicines, alternative treatments, health policies and opinions of wellness – so that her listeners can benefit from truly vigorous life in the real world today.

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About Wellness for the Real World:

Learn about wellness for your mind, body and spirit on Dr. Veronica Anderson’s weekly broadcasted radio interview program. Each weekly radio show showcases current issues with timely guest interviews. Dr. Veronica draws from her education and experiences to unpack complicated medical details, analyze health reports and share her thoughts on today’s issues with her listeners in three recurring categories: Food of the Week, Fits You To A “Tea”, and The Veronica Report, a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on Corporate America and how they are watching out for our wellbeing.

About Dr. Veronica Anderson:

Dr. Veronica has become known by many for her intellectual and passionate commentary on today’s most popular and debated health perspectives. In addition to her regular radio talk show, Veronica’s upbeat and outspoken perspectives on healthy living have been featured on TV talk shows including Our World with Neil Cavuto (Fox News Channel), and Live with Adam Carolla (syndicated). In addition, radio hosts coast to coast have seen their lines light up as listeners clamor to hear more of Veronica’s straight-forward, pull-no-punches philosophy. She also serves as Host and Guide for Medicine Woman, Modern World, a healthy living travel adventure series for the web.

Determined to become a doctor at age four, Dr. Veronica completed pre-med at Princeton University, received her MD with honors after internship and residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and New York’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where she received a fellowship in glaucoma. She has practiced at Robert Wood Johnson, Philadelphia’s Wills Eye Hospital, and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Veronica Anderson holds a black belt in taekwondo and has completed two marathons.

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