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2009-08-20 09:33:57

Health-conscious people know that high levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) can increase the risk of heart attacks. Now scientists are reporting that another form of cholesterol called oxycholesterol "” virtually unknown to the public "” may be the most serious cardiovascular health threat of all. Scientists from China presented one of the first studies on the cholesterol-boosting effects of oxycholesterol here today at the 238th...

2009-07-07 14:00:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The VAP(R) Cholesterol Test recently gained the honor of being a component in one of nine steps to a longer life. TRANSCEND: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever (Rodale, 2009) by anti-aging authority Terry Grossman, M.D., and world-renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil, identifies the VAP advanced lipid profile as one of the future technologies in cardiovascular risk assessment. Grossman, the book's co-author and medical director of The Grossman Wellness...

2009-07-07 16:10:00

Obesity very often leads to insulin resistance, and now researchers reporting in the July 8 issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, have uncovered another factor behind that ill consequence. The newly discovered culprit"”a protein known as pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF for short)"”is secreted by fat cells. They also report evidence to suggest that specifically blocking that protein's action may reverse some of the health complications that come with...

2009-07-07 16:05:00

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have come a step closer to understanding how cholesterol levels are regulated. In a study published today in the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers identified 20 genes that are involved in this process. Besides giving scientists a better idea of where to look to uncover the mechanisms that ensure cholesterol balance is maintained, the discovery could lead to new treatments for...

2009-04-13 16:21:59

In healthy individuals, walnuts lower cholesterol more than fish, fatty fish lower triglycerides and both lower heart disease risk, U.S. researchers said. The practical significance of the study is that eating an easy-to-incorporate amount of walnuts and fatty fish can cause meaningful decreases in blood cholesterol and triglycerides even in healthy individuals, lead author Sujatha Rajaram of Loma Linda University School of Public Health said in a statement. The study, published in the...

2009-03-10 10:00:00

ApoAI and apoB/apoAI ratio now available with VAP Cholesterol Test at no additional cost BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Atherotech, Inc., a cardio-diagnostic company, today announced the addition of apolipoprotein A (apoAI) to its VAP(R) Cholesterol Test. The VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) Test is the only single cholesterol test that routinely reports apoAI, apoB, and the apoB/apoAI ratio. With the addition of this new marker, the VAP Test now reports apoAI and the apoB/apoAI...

2009-02-19 07:15:00

Advanced cholesterol test helps usher in new era of specialized test for cardiac risk assessment BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- For the Pittsburgh Steelers, adding a heart-healthy supplement to their diet may have given them the boost to win Super Bowl XLIII. That's according to a clinical study proving that fish oils dramatically improve cholesterol levels in professional football players. Findings were published January in the inaugural issue of Sports Health: A...

2009-02-10 08:30:00

Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have discovered a mechanism in liver metabolism that is responsible for pathologically elevated blood fat levels found in severe metabolic disorders. Mice suffering from metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes produce only small amounts of a molecule called LSR in the liver, as reported by researchers headed by Dr. Stephan Herzig of DKFZ in the specialist journal Diabetes. As a result, only small amounts of...

2009-01-09 12:25:20

Buttery Christmas cookies, eggnog, juicy beef roast, rich gravy and creamy New York-style cheesecake. Happy holiday food unfortunately can send blood cholesterol levels sky high.Northwestern University scientists now offer a promising new weapon -- synthetic high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol -- that could help fight chronically high cholesterol levels and the deadly heart disease that often results.The researchers successfully designed synthetic HDL and show that their...

2008-11-24 17:55:00

A study performed by the team of Dr. Nabil G. Seidah, Director of the Biochemical Neuroendocrinology Research Unit at the IRCM, shows for the very first time that the degradation by PCSK9 of the LDLR receptor, which is responsible for removing the bad cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) from the bloodstream, may be inhibited by a third protein, annexin A2. This major discovery co-authored by Ga©tan Mayer, a postdoctoral fellow, Steve Poirier, a doctoral student, and Dr. Seidah was published on...


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