Should everyone take statin drugs? Researchers reviewed existing data from trials and surveys to weigh the side effects and benefits of the preventive drugs that claim to lower cholesterol.
Medicine December 4, 2018
Lowering high cholesterol by eating healthy and exercising regularly will also decrease a person's risk of heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer's. In a new guideline for preventing and diagnosing high cholesterol, experts agreed risk assessment should be done regularly.
Public Health November 13, 2018
World Health Organization recently released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. Here's how one can restrict the consumption of the artery-clogging fat.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 16, 2018
Using a new delivery technique, Biomedical engineers at Duke University reduced blood cholesterol levels in mice. The result became the first time researchers delivered CRISPR/Cas9 repressors for targeted therapeutic gene silencing in adult animal models.
Biotech April 29, 2018
Patients with elevated and/or severe cholesterol levels were reported to take less or no prescribed statins. The new study published by the American Heart Association stated that statin compliance is less prevalent in younger patients compared to older ones.
Medicine March 27, 2018
In mice study, an experimental vaccine that lowers cholesterol led to less narrowing of the arteries and reduced markers of blood inflammation. What makes the vaccine different from currently available medications for decreasing cholesterol levels?
Medicine June 20, 2017
Coconut oil is marketed as a health food. An advisory from the American Heart Association, however, urges consumers to avoid it because of its saturated fat content that can elevate risk for stroke and heart disease.
Public Health June 17, 2017
The trans fat ban in public food venues has made New Yorkers healthier, reducing heart attack and stroke rates by more than 6 percent. Next year, the FDA plans to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils from baked and fried goods sold nationwide.
Public Health April 13, 2017
Italy has been named the healthiest country in the Global Health Index released by Bloomberg with the United States ranked at 34. The indexes found Italians relatively free from high blood pressure, cholesterol, and possess better mental health than others.
Public Health March 27, 2017
Amgen's cholesterol-reducing drug Repatha reduced heart attack rate by 27 percent and stroke by 21 percent. Why are doctors and investors disappointed at the results of the drug's clinical trial?
Medicine March 20, 2017
An expensive drug manufactured by Amgen will reportedly reduce the rate of heart problems. The cost of this effective cholesterol drug, however, is more than $14,000 a year.
Medicine March 19, 2017
Eating spicy chili pepper regularly may reduce risk of premature death from heart disease and stroke. Capsaicin found in chili peppers could be behind this link.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 15, 2017
Amgen's drug Repatha can shrink artery-clogging plaques when used together with statin. The combo also leads to a significant reduction in bad cholesterol levels among heart patients.
Medicine November 16, 2016
The benefits of taking statin appear to outweigh the likelihood of side effects to occur. Researchers said the harm associated with use of the cholesterol-lowering drug is exaggerated.
Medicine September 9, 2016
Children with a family history of heart disease and diabetes were found to more likely have increased cardiometabolic risks. The study stressed on the impact of family history, which should motivate parents to change the family's lifestyles as appropriate.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 2, 2016
Statins may actually go beyond their function as cholesterol drugs and help stop ER-positive breast cancer from returning, according to the findings of an early-stage study in the UK.
Medicine June 1, 2016
High doses of statin reduced risk of amputation in patients with peripheral artery disease by 33 percent. The cholesterol drug also lowered death risk by 29 percent.
Medicine May 6, 2016
A new guideline showed that people do not need to fast before heading for a cholesterol test. A team of international experts reported that there is no significant change in the blood test results of those people who fast and did not fast before having a cholesterol test.
Biotech May 1, 2016
People who take the cholesterol-lowering drug statin have lower risk for colon cancer, according to a new study. The difference in risk between those who continued using the drug and those who stopped using it, however, was not significant.
Medicine April 28, 2016
Sleep deprivation over a course of time can negatively impact cholesterol metabolism and can lead to the development of killer health diseases, reveals a new study from the University of Helsinki.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 24, 2016
A group of scientists have found that if prostate cancer cells are deprived of cholesterol, their growth is halted and cell death occurs. The experimental cholesterol-lowering molecule, RO 48-8071, can be used as a new therapy for prostate cancer.
Life April 19, 2016
Though it has been widely known that consuming unsaturated fats may reduce the risk of heart disease, a new study suggests otherwise. Researchers have found that swapping saturated fats with vegetable oils do not cut heart disease risk.
Life April 14, 2016
Experts released a new guidance on the use of therapies to lower blood cholesterol levels first before using statins, which have been linked to various side effects. The panel of experts announced the new guidance to help doctors during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.
Life April 10, 2016
A new study covering about 500 patients confirmed the muscle-related side effects of statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Muscle pain from statins, as well related symptoms, however, continue to puzzle doctors and remain controversial.
Life April 5, 2016
A drug showed promise in lowering bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol levels. Though the effects on cholesterol are promising, it has no effect in reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Life April 5, 2016
Walnuts are good for the body, but can they make you fat? A new study initially showed you can enjoy the healthy benefits of walnuts without causing significant weight gain.
Life April 5, 2016
Eli Lilly and Company's cholesterol medication evacetrapib, discontinued in a large trial back in October, did not reduce major cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack. This was discovered recently by researchers who, for the first time, saw the data behind the discontinuation of the trial.
Life April 4, 2016
Statin intolerance is real, findings of a new study revealed. A new PCSK9 inhibitor drug was shown effective in reducing LDL cholesterol level in patients who suffer from side effects of statins.
Life April 4, 2016
The number of people with genetically acquired high cholesterol levels may be higher in the U.S. than previously believed. The new findings also showed that it's not only genetics that potentially increases plaque-building LDL cholesterol.
Life March 16, 2016
A new study found that eating eggs is not linked to cardiovascular disease. The question now is, how many eggs can a person eat in a day?
Life February 19, 2016
A low-carb diet can help reduce as much as 40 percent in medication levels. A new study suggests that current diet plans for diabetics may be outdated and there is a need for constant updates.
Life February 12, 2016
Eating an egg a day and high intake of dietary cholesterol do not raise cardiovascular disease risk. This goes true even in individuals who are genetically predisposed to experience more impact of dietary cholesterol.
Life February 12, 2016
Cardiovascular disease is responsible for three out of 10 deaths worldwide. Encouraging the consumption of healthy fats can reduce this rate and promote longevity.
Life January 21, 2016
Cholesterol helps keep the body healthy and well-functioning, but only as long as it is maintained at manageable levels. To help prevent your body from taking in excessive amounts of cholesterol, here are a few examples of superfoods you can eat that can lower levels of this oily and fatty substance.
Life December 30, 2015
USPSTF endorsed low to moderate doses of statins to prevent first-time heart attack or stroke in high-risk adults ages 40 to 75. Its new recommendations for statin treatment are considered close enough to controversial 2013 guidelines from the AHA and ACC.
Life December 22, 2015
A CDC report found 21 percent of children and teens in the U.S. are suffering from cholesterol problems that can follow them through adulthood. While lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet and sports can lower cholesterol levels, some children require medication.
Life December 11, 2015
High cholesterol level is a major risk to cardiovascular diseases. However, a CDC report showed that 44.5 percent of Americans who should be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs are not doing so, foregoing prescribed treatment for the condition.
Life December 7, 2015
Study participants given walnuts daily for six months saw their blood vessel function improve and their levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol decrease - two risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The good fat source also appeared to help improve diet quality.
Life November 27, 2015
A new vaccine shows promise in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels or bad cholesterol in the body since it predisposes the person to cardiovascular diseases. On the other hand, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good cholesterol since it lowers the LDL levels in the body.
Life November 11, 2015
Researchers from the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy developed a pasta rich in beta-glucan, a fiber that promotes good bacteria and helps strengthen the immune system.
Life September 30, 2015
Researchers found that losing weight may be more achievable depending on a person's gut bacteria. The new study is said to provide valuable information to projects that aim to control blood lipids and subsequently prevent heart diseases
Life September 12, 2015
Vitamin D supplements intended to reduce some health risks of obesity may in fact by bad for teens' health, research suggests. Study indicated possible increase in cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Life August 17, 2015
Fats are essential for the body to perform its functions well. However, some types such as trans fats and saturated fats should be taken in moderation to decrease the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.
Life August 12, 2015
Researchers have found that there is not much difference in fast food and restaurant food in terms of nutritional content. Food served in restaurants are actually almost as unhealthy as fast food.
Life July 16, 2015
PCSK9 inhibitors can lower bad cholesterol level to extremely low levels and do not come with side effects associated with statins. The new drugs, however, can cost $10,000 per year which can have significant effect on healthcare.
Life June 9, 2015