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2010-08-05 14:24:50

A global team of researchers co-led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health has discovered or confirmed 95 regions of the human genome where genetic variants are associated with blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which are major indicators of heart disease risk. Of the total, 59 variants were associated with cholesterol and triglyceride lipid levels for the first time, said Tanya Teslovich, a postdoctoral research fellow at the U-M School of Public Health and first...

2010-08-05 14:12:01

Discovery may offer new approach to treating coronary artery disease Together with their colleagues from the Global Lipids Genetics Consortium, scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen have found 95 gene loci in the human genome, each of which is associated with at least one of the four most important factors of lipoprotein metabolism: total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. The study focused, along with other aspects, on two key questions: First, are there really...

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2010-08-05 06:05:00

Researchers have uncovered 95 genes that are believed to affect blood cholesterol, including a few that are affected by drugs and others that might be the basis of new drugs. The findings show that regulating cholesterol levels is even more complex than many people knew but also point to some short-cuts to prevent heart disease. The variations account for a quarter to a third of the inherited variation in cholesterol levels and triglycerides, the researchers said. "These results help refine...

2010-07-21 23:12:24

Most people know that high cholesterol levels place them at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Prior research has shown that particular types of strokes contribute to one's risk for depression, and that abnormal blood lipid levels can increase the risk of depression in the elderly. However, new findings by French researchers, published in Biological Psychiatry, suggest the link between increased cholesterol and depression may be complicated. They evaluated a large population of...

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2010-07-12 12:50:00

Thousands of children with high levels of LDL cholesterol are going untreated, as current guidelines exclude as many as 10-percent of those who could benefit from medication, according to a new study completed by researchers at the West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown. According to a July 12 Time Magazine article, "Current government recommendations suggest screening for high cholesterol in children with a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol (with at least one parent...

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2010-06-07 05:50:00

A US study conducted in mice suggests the amount of cholesterol that circulates through the bloodstream is partially regulated by the brain, which counters previous beliefs that it is solely controlled by what we eat and by cholesterol production in the liver. The study, carried out by a research team at the University of Cincinnati, found that a hunger hormone called ghrelin in the brain of mice acts as the "remote control" for cholesterol traveling around the body. The researchers said...

2010-04-29 08:29:52

Cholesterol crystals lead to life-threatening inflammation in blood vessel walls In addition to crystallized cholesterol, atherosclerotic plaques always contain large quantities of immune cells but, surprisingly, no bacteria or viruses. It was previously unclear just how the body's own defense forces are called into action. Even animals that are kept in an absolutely sterile environment can suffer from "clogging" or "furring" of the arteries when their food contains high levels of...

2010-04-21 06:56:02

Consuming a higher amount of added sugars in processed or prepared foods is associated with lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, the "good cholesterol") and higher levels of triglycerides, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA. "In the United States, total consumption of sugar has increased substantially in recent decades, largely owing to an increased intake of 'added sugars,' defined as caloric...

2010-04-16 08:45:49

Mice that are missing a protein involved in the response to low oxygen stay lean and healthy, even on a high-fat diet, a new study has found. "They process fat differently," said Randall Johnson, professor of biology at the University of California, San Diego, who directed the research, which is published in the April 15 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism. While their normal littermates gain weight, develop fatty livers and become resistant to insulin on a high fat diet, just like...

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2010-03-26 13:19:12

A new study from Iowa State University's Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC) may give men a way to combat high cholesterol without drugs -- if they don't mind sprinkling some flaxseed into their daily diet. Suzanne Hendrich, an ISU professor in food science and human nutrition, led a study that examined the effects of flaxseed lignan in 90 people diagnosed with high cholesterol. The results showed that consuming at least 150 milligrams of flaxseed lignans per day (about three...


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