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Statins don't cause muscle pain after all: study

Paris - Cholesterol-lowering statins do not in fact cause muscle pain, despite a long-standing reputation that has discouraged many from taking the life-saving medication, researchers reported Thursday.

Post-Christmas cholesterol levels revealed

It might be assumed that after eating plentiful quantities of rich food over the Holidays that cholesterol levels are high. A new study from Denmark reveals just how high cholesterol levels elevate following the end of the festive season.

Lowering cholesterol thanks to artificial prebiotics

Budapest - A new study indicates that a naturally synthesized prebiotic can target and increase the growth of bacteria in the human gut which lead to a reduction in cholesterol levels. The research comes from the University of Reading in the U.K.

Drug cuts bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels

London - A new breakthrough medication is being heralded by medics as a potential life-saver. The innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol significantly.

Lower cholesterol rates reported for U.S. adults

Washington - Medical researchers have reported that a decline with the average levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides, and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has occurred with the U.S. adult population.

Tackling blood sugar and cholesterol with hop compound

A chemical substance derived from hops appears to be effective at lowering cholesterol and re-balancing blood sugar levels. The overall effect also controls weight gain.

Possible cholesterol busting treatment derived from sugar

With the obesity crisis continuing at an unabated pace, the research for fat busting drugs continues. Such drugs are seen as an easier option, rightly or wrongly, to dietary changes and exercise. A type of sugar is a new candidate.

Half of U.S. citizens not taking cholesterol-lowering medications

Washington - Many people in the U.S. who are eligible to take medications that lower cholesterol do not do so, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New U.S. diet guidelines — 'Don't worry about cholesterol'

The country's top diet and nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop cholesterol warnings, considering cholesterol to not be a "nutrient of concern." This decision stands in sharp contrast to Dietary Guidelines issued for the last 40 years.

Cholesterol management drug niacin 'carries risks'

New studies show that cholesterol management drug niacin produces more side effects than previously known. On that basis, some doctors now caution against taking it.

New drugs to lower cholesterol

New research has developed a class of experimental medicines that can lower cholesterol. These drugs aim to help those who cannot tolerate Lipitor and other statin drugs.

Does the US want all older adults on cholesterol meds?

Washington - Nearly every male and most women over 55 could fall under new US guidelines for who should take cholesterol lowering drugs, researchers said Saturday, stirring fresh controversy in the medical world.

U.S. guidelines urge more cholesterol meds than Europe

Washington - U.S. guidelines for prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs to people over 55 call for many more to be taking the medications than in Europe, researchers said Saturday.

Cholesterol guidelines could mean statins for half of adults over 40

When sweeping new advice on preventing heart attacks and strokes came out last November, it wasn’t clear how many more Americans should be taking daily statin pills to lower their risk.

Vitamin D may lower cholesterol

A new randomized trial has found that vitamin D appears to reduce levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. The results were drawn from a study of post-menopausal women.

Strawberries lower cholesterol

Previous studies have demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries. Now researchers have revealed that these fruits also help to reduce cholesterol.

Deadly hantavirus is linked to cholesterol

Many viruses depend on proteins and nutrients provided by their hosts. A new study shows that proteins involved in the regulation of cholesterol are essential for hantavirus entry into human host cells.

Link between 'good cholesterol' and breast cancer

Philadelphia - While high levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) — "good cholesterol" — offers some protection against heart disease, there could be a link between this type of cholesterol and breast cancer.

New cholesterol lowering statin alternative

A Phase 1 clinical trial has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of a cholesterol-lowering drug. The drug is an alternative to statins and could avoid some of the side-effects.

Cholesterol-lowering drops could treat eye disease

According to researchers in the U.S., eye drops intended to lower cholesterol may be able to hinder macular degeneration, which leads to blindness.

French senator proposes palm oil ‘fat tax’ to reduce health risks

Hard on the heels of tax proposals which would see a 5 €cent rise on a glass of beer at street-side bars and cafés, France’s socialist government is proposing a 300% tax hike on palm oil, long considered a factor in obesity.

Cholesterol-lowering products with sterols cause heart disease

So-called healthy products with added sterols and stanols lower cholesterol, but could increase the risk of heart disease.

New Polypill could add years to your life

London - Taking a new all-in-one pill daily could extend the lives of those over 50 by more than than a decade, according to researchers.

Good news for chocolate lovers

People who love dark chocolate will be pleased to hear that it helps lower the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. According to new research, eating dark chocolate each day will help keep the doctor away.

British researchers discover 'ultra-bad' cholesterol

Warwick - A form of “ultra-bad” cholesterol has been discovered by researchers from the University of Warwick (Warwick Medical School) in England. The study was published in the latest edition of Diabetes - an academic journal.

Benefits of cholesterol-lowering medication questioned

People who have no heart problems should reconsider before taking cholesterol-lowering statins, says a British medical research study.

Eggs worse than Double Down for cholesterol

One egg is worse than a KFC Double Down when it comes to cholesterol. This is one conclusion to be drawn from a recent review by Canadian researchers of cholesterol studies involving eggs. The important words here are cholesterol and eggs.

Op-Ed: FDA Busts Cheerios For Cholesterol-lowering Claims

The FDA laid down the law to the maker of Cheerios in a letter that said claims on its label are misleading that the cereal can lower cholesterol by four percent in six weeks.

New Effort for Protecting the Heart

As the world experiences new wave heart related illnesses, the doctors are coming out with the new efforts aimed at lowering down the heart attacks.

That cheese sandwich is not as innocent as you think

The latest study reveals that the average cheese sandwich can contain almost 15 grams of saturated fat, the equivalent of five pieces of deep fried chicken. Read to find out what to avoid for better health.
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Patients with high cholesterol levels need to have their blood drawn for testing frequently.
Patients with high cholesterol levels need to have their blood drawn for testing frequently.
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Spacefill model of the Cholesterol molecule
Canadian researchers cast doubt on eggs as part of the diet of people at risk of heart disease or di...
Canadian researchers cast doubt on eggs as part of the diet of people at risk of heart disease or diabetes.

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