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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...

2010-03-11 09:58:58

Small study shows eprotirome decreases LDL cholesterol as much as doubling statin dose People whose "bad" cholesterol and risk of future heart disease stay too high despite cholesterol-lowering statin therapy can safely lower it by adding a drug that mimics the action of thyroid hormone. In a report published in the Mar. 11, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Johns Hopkins and Swedish researchers say an experimental drug called eprotirome lowered cholesterol up to 32 percent in...

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2010-01-22 07:45:00

According to the CDC, one in five teens in the U.S."”and more than 40 percent of obese teens"”have abnormal cholesterol, whether it's low HDL (good cholesterol); high LDL (bad cholesterol); or high levels of triglycerides, another type of blood fat. These findings suggest that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2008 guidelines - which recommend more aggressive testing and interventions in kids, especially the overweight - make sense. A study was carried out on 3,125...

2009-12-23 08:30:22

High-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as "good" cholesterol, isn't as protective for people with type 2 diabetes, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. HDL carries cholesterol out of the arteries, and high levels are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. HDL also helps protect blood vessels by reducing the production of damaging chemicals, increasing the vessels' ability to expand, and repairing damage to the vessel lining....

2009-11-20 16:59:55

Common genetic contributions to plasma lipoprotein profile determined by large scale, genome-wide genetic analysis Using highly precise measurements of plasma lipoprotein concentrations determined by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), researchers led by Daniel Chasman at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, the Framingham Heart Study in Framingham, and the PROCARDIS consortium in Stockholm, Sweden and Oxford, England performed genetic association...

2009-11-12 11:14:47

A new study from the University of Warwick has discovered taking too much of the essential mineral selenium in your diet can increase your cholesterol by almost 10%. Selenium is a trace essential mineral with anti-oxidant properties. The body naturally absorbs selenium from foods such as vegetables, meat and seafood. However, when the balance is altered and the body absorbs too much selenium, such as through taking selenium supplements, it can have adverse affects.  A team led by Dr...

2009-11-11 17:03:48

Lipid assessment in vascular disease can be simplified by measuring either total and HDL cholesterol levels or apolipoproteins, without the need to fast and without regard to triglyceride levels, according to a study in the November 11 issue of JAMA. Reliable assessment of the associations of major blood lipids and apolipoproteins with the risk of vascular disease is important for the development of screening and therapeutic strategies, according to background information in the article....

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2009-10-27 12:36:38

Millions of people around the world use medicines based on statins to lower their blood cholesterol, but new research from the University of Gothenburg, published in the prestigious journal PNAS, shows that statins may also be effective in the treatment of cancer. Statins lower cholesterol by blocking certain enzymes involved in our metabolism. However, they have also been shown to affect other important lipids in the body, such as the lipids that help proteins to attach to the cell membrane...

2009-09-01 07:00:00

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Recognizing that September is National Cholesterol Education Month (NCEM), AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) is urging all adults, especially the 98.6 million Americans over the age of 20 years old with high cholesterol (1), to talk to their doctors about elevated cholesterol and get their cholesterol levels checked. Elevated cholesterol can contribute to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, which can begin in early...

2009-08-21 08:26:09

Cholesterol can affect the flow of the electrical currents that generate the heart beat, according to a study from two UBC cardiovascular researchers funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon. The research team has just published the important discovery about the causes of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) in one of the world's leading scientific journals.Together with a group from Paris, France, UBC researchers David Fedida and Jodene Eldstrom found that too much...


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