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Researchers Looking Into Current Guidelines On Statin Usage

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

New Cholesterol Management Guidelines Could Improve Heart Health While Lowering Alzheimer's Risk

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

WHO Wants Trans Fat Out Of Food Supply: Types Of Food To Avoid To Cut Back On Trans Fats

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

CRISPR Gene Editing Technology Reduces Blood Cholesterol Levels In Animal Study

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

Study Explains Why Fewer People With Severe Cholesterol Are On Statin Therapy

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

Cholesterol-Lowering Vaccine May Help Prevent Heart Attacks

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 Not Healthy, Increases Bad Cholesterol Level That Can Cause Cardiovascular Disease: US Heart Experts

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

Trans Fat Ban Linked To Fewer Heart Attacks, Better Health

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 Named World’s Healthiest Country In Bloomberg Survey

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

Cholesterol Drug Repatha Slashes Heart Attack Risk By 27 Percent But Disappoints Doctors And Investors

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

Pricey Cholesterol Drug From Amgen Reduces Heart Risks, Could Cost $14000

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 May Help You Live Longer

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 Cholesterol Drug And Statin Combo Reduces Plaque Buildup In Arteries Of Heart Patients

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

Study To Help Doctors And Patients Make Informed Decision About Statin Therapy

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

Family History Of Heart Disease, Diabetes Ups Cardiometabolic Risk For Children

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 Prevent Return Of Breast Cancer Tumors

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

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin May Protect People With Peripheral Artery Disease From Amputation

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

You Don't Need To Fast Before A Cholesterol Test, New Guidelines Reveal

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

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin May Not Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk: Study

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

Long-term Sleep Deprivation Negatively Affects Cholesterol Metabolism, Contributes To Heart Disease

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

Cholesterol-Lowering Molecules Can Kill Prostate Cancer Cells

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

Vegetable Oil To Reduce Saturated Fats May Not Cut Heart Disease Risk

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 Issue Guidance On Use Of Non-Statin Therapies To Lower Cholesterol In High Risk Patients

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

Study Confirms Side Effects Of Statin Are Real

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

Increasing Good Cholesterol May Not Prevent Stroke, Heart Attack

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

Eating Walnuts Could Delay Age-Related Health Problems: Study

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

Cholesterol Drug Evacetrapib Does Not Reduce Cardiovascular Events

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

PCSK9 Inhibitor Drug Evolocumab Offers Option To Reduce LDL Cholesterol In Statin Intolerant Patients

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

Genetically Inherited High Cholesterol More Common Than Previously Thought

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

Eggs May Not Always Be Bad For The Heart Says New Study: How Many Eggs Can You Eat A Day Safely?

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

New Low-Carb Diet Cuts Type 2 Diabetes Medication Level By 40 Percent

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 Egg Everyday Not Bad For Heart: Study Finds No Link Between High-Cholesterol Diet And Cardiovascular Disease

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

Want To Live Longer? Eat Healthy Fats To Cut Risk Of Early Death from Heart Disease

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 Level High? Here Are Some Superfoods To Lower Cholesterol

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

US Task Force Backs Use Of Statin In Adults With Increased Heart Disease Risks

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

One In Five US Kids Has Cholesterol Problems

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

Nearly Half Of Americans With High Cholesterol Problems Do Not Take Medications

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

Consuming Walnuts Can Help Improve Your Diet, Lower Diabetes Risk

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

New Vaccine Could Lower Cholesterol Levels: Here's The Difference Between Good And Bad Cholesterol

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

Scientists Develop Prebiotic Pasta that Fights Diabetes and High Cholesterol

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

Want To Lose Weight? Research Says Gut Bacteria Can Help You Get The Job Done

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 May Be Harmful For Obese Teens: Here's Why

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

Trans Fats vs. Saturated Fats: What Fats Can Give You A Heart Attack And Kill You

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

Meals Served In US Restaurants Almost As Unhealthy As Fast Food, Says Study

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

New Drugs Can Lower Cholesterol But Price Might Give You A Big Headache - $10,000 A Year

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

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