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2008-04-04 16:07:12

CHAPEL HILL "“ In 2006, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers published a study that found people with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to have Parkinson's disease than people with high LDL levels. But that study could not answer the question of whether low LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels were present in study participants before they were diagnosed with Parkinson's, or if they developed low LDL levels after being diagnosed. Now a follow-up study led...

2006-12-21 09:00:14

Results from a clinical study conducted in 1,229 patients with type II diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol showed that VYTORIN (ezetimibe/simvastatin) provided superior reduction in LDL "bad" cholesterol compared to Lipitor® (atorvastatin) at the dose comparisons studied, according to data published in the December 2006 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The primary efficacy endpoint was the percent change from baseline in LDL cholesterol at the end of the six-week...

2006-06-21 07:15:00

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK -- Taking a 'statin' cholesterol-lowering drug may be good for the eyes as well as the heart. People who take statins such as Zocor or Lipitor, for example, have a 45 percent reduced risk of developing a cataract, a clouding of the lens of the eye, according to a report in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. "Oxidative stress is thought to play a role in the development of cataracts," study co-author Kristine E. Lee, from the University of...

2006-03-06 10:32:12

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lipitor, a commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drug, may have extra benefits for men with impotence. Specifically, investigators have found that in men who are not initially helped by Viagra (sildenafil), treatment with Lipitor (atorvastatin) seems to improve sexual response, according to the results of a small study. Impotence, also referred to as erectile dysfunction, may involve a generalized disturbance of the lining of the blood vessels...

2006-01-24 19:31:07

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Cholesterol-lowering drugs can reduce the risk of severe infection in patients suffering from heart disease or stroke, scientists said on Wednesday. The drugs, known as statins, lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme that controls how much is produced in the body. Doctors in Canada have also discovered that statins act against sepsis, a dangerous condition which is a major cause of deaths in hospital intensive care units. In a study...

2006-01-04 15:15:00

NEW YORK -- LDL cholesterol is known as the "bad" cholesterol, because high levels are linked to heart disease, but low levels may not be good for the elderly. A new study of older men and women shows that higher LDL cholesterol levels are associated with decreasing mortality risk in women. For both men and women, the risk of fatal heart failure decreases with higher LDL cholesterol levels. The findings "add to the uncertainty of the role of elevated levels of LDL cholesterol as a risk factor...

2006-01-03 16:11:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cholesterol-lowering drugs do not raise or lower the risk of cancer, researchers said on Tuesday in two new reports that challenge earlier findings suggesting statins may prevent certain cancers. Researchers at the University of Connecticut analyzed 26 previous studies involving 87,000 total patients, but concluded the blockbuster drugs had no cancer impact, according to their report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another study,...

2005-11-28 15:30:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a new study provide more evidence that rice policosanol -- a mixture of alcohols extracted from sugar-cane wax -- has favorable effects on serum lipids. In an 8-week study of 70 patients with very high cholesterol levels, 10 milligrams of rice policosanol daily significantly reduced total cholesterol concentrations in plasma and increased apolipoprotein A1 -- a protein portion of "good" HDL cholesterol that carries cholesterol in the blood. Dr....

2005-11-17 14:24:35

LONDON (Reuters) - Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help to delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, French scientists said on Thursday. In a three-year study involving 342 Alzheimer's patients, they found that the illness did not develop as quickly in sufferers with high cholesterol levels who were given statins as in patients not taking the drugs. Professor Florence Pasquier, of the University Hospital in Lille, France, said the...

2005-11-17 01:40:00

LONDON -- Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help to delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, French scientists said on Thursday. In a three-year study involving 342 Alzheimer's patients, they found that the illness did not develop as quickly in sufferers with high cholesterol levels who were given statins as in patients not taking the drugs. Professor Florence Pasquier, of the University Hospital in Lille, France, said the drugs "may slow...