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Is eating an apple as effective as taking statins?

London - The arguments for and against statins are convoluted and have been running for years. Two health experts have stated the benefits of statins are outweighed by the side-effects.

Can statins lower risk of artery atherosclerosis strokes?

Hiroshima - The results of a new Japanese study suggest statins could reduce the occurrence of strokes that occur due to larger artery atherosclerosis.

FDA approves pricey new cholesterol-lowering drug

The first of a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs won FDA approval on Friday. The much anticipated medical advance was met with more questions about the high cost of medications.

Research: statins linked to thyroid, breast , and other cancers

A new study conducted by Shih-Han Hung at Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taiwan, and colleagues Herng-Ching Lin, and Shiu-Dong Chung, shows that regular statin use is linked to a significantly greater risk of thyroid cancer.

Statins could treat forms of dwarfism

Kyoto - Researchers from Kyoto University in Japan have found through a drug screen on human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that statins can stimulate bone growth. This has led some to speculate if statins can be used for certain forms of dwarfism.

Mutation might reduce heart disease

New York - Genetic variants (mutations) that cripple a particular type of protein have been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

Britons, the European kings of anti-cholesterol drugs

London - As the home of cooked breakfasts and pints of beer, it is perhaps no surprise that Britain is the European king of anti-cholesterol drugs with some seven million users.

Statins help to address ‘sex problems’

Researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the U.S. found that cholesterol-lowering drugs may offer added benefit for men with erectile dysfunction.

A cup of Earl Grey 'is as good as statins'

Calabritto - Scientists believe bergamot, a key ingredient in Earl Grey tea, can significantly lower cholesterol and may be as good as some statins.

Cholesterol drug may help multiple sclerosis sufferers: report

Paris - A cheap drug used to control blood cholesterol may also slow progression of later-stage multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in leading general medical journal The Lancet.Scientists found some evidence to suggest that simvastatin may...

Researchers recommend an apple a day for those over 50

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away," the old cliché says, but a report in the British Medical Journal says that if those over 50 were to eat one a day, it could prevent 8,500 deaths a year.

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.

Study finds cholesterol-lowering statins may cause kidney damage

The risk of patients starting on statins who do not have pre-existing kidney disease developing kidney disease is not high. However, a new study found that taking high potency statins as compared to low potency statins makes the risk greater.

Research: Statins cause heart disease

New research shows that statins, drugs which lower cholesterol, cause heart disease. These drugs cause calcified plaques to form in coronary arteries in humans, thus causing or worsening heart disease.

Popular statins related to memory loss, increased diabetis risk

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that taking statins, a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drug, may result in higher blood sugar levels, diabetes and potential memory loss.

Op-Ed: The toxic poisoning of America

Are Americans being deliberately poisoned by the U.S. government? As far-fetched as that may sound, evidence indicates that there is an insidious plot underway that threatens the health of every man, woman and child living in America.

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.

Statins and their hidden side effects

Doctors are being urged to consider with more caution before giving patients prescriptions for statins, a drug shown to have benefits in reducing cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
 

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