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2011-10-27 06:25:44

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Women with lupus are 50 times more likely to have a heart attack; and all lupus patients are eight times more likely to develop premature coronary heart disease than the general population. Statins, a class of drug used to lower cholesterol, have been shown to reduce arthrosclerosis progression in adults, but have not been investigated in a pediatric lupus population. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of plaque in the arterial wall which can lead to heart attack and...

2011-08-29 11:27:39

The death rate among patients prescribed a statin in a major trial that ended in 2003 is still lower than those given a placebo, even though most participants in both groups have been taking statins ever since. ASCOT, the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial, was stopped early because the statin was so effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes, but a new analysis has shown that eight years on, the most significant difference between the groups is a reduction in deaths from...

2011-08-15 06:35:00

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The leading website about lowering cholesterol naturally, All-About-Lowering-Cholesterol.com (http://www.all-about-lowering-cholesterol.com), unequivocally recommends that all patients with high cholesterol educate themselves on natural methods for lowering cholesterol, before they ever think of using any statin drug. This education becomes even more important now, since there are voices recommending that some statin drugs may be...

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2011-08-04 10:34:48

US regulators will be considering a plan from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to introduce an over-the-counter version of its top-selling heart drug Lipitor. Selling the popular anti-cholesterol drug without a prescription could help Pfizer's bottom line as the company faces a "patent cliff" that threatens to erode profits during the next few years, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lipitor will soon lose patent protection and face competition from cheaper generic versions of its popular...

2011-07-18 16:15:32

A medicine designed to improve levels of "good" cholesterol may also help control blood sugar in people with diabetes who are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to a new analysis in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers made the finding while analyzing data from a clinical trial on the drug torcetrapib that was halted five years ago. Torcetrapib is a cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor, a type of drug that increases levels of...

2011-07-15 09:30:00

EDISON, N.J., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crestor and Zocor are widely-used prescription strength drugs designed to lower "bad cholesterol". Both drugs are classified as "statins", medicine which lowers blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. This group of drugs has had a controversial history, starting with Baycol, a drug similar to Crestor and Zocor, touted as a "super statin" before its recall from the market. Despite numerous objections from medical researchers and...

2011-06-08 14:32:00

Increased risk of muscle injury cited SILVER SPRING, Md., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is announcing safety label changes for the cholesterol-lowering medication simvastatin because the highest approved dose--80 milligram (mg)--has been associated with an elevated risk of muscle injury or myopathy, particularly during the first 12 months of use. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) The agency is recommending...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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