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2008-07-11 09:00:15

By Jan Jarvis?, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 11--Beverly Morgan of Arlington was 16 when she started taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. But she eventually abandoned the medication. "I would rather control my cholesterol with exercise and diet simply because when you do put drugs in your body, you're going to have side effects," said Morgan, 19, a student at Mountain View Community College in Dallas. "I try to take as little medications as possible." While...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Tara Parker Pope U.S. pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems. The new guidelines, issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, also call for giving children low-fat milk after 12 months of age. The push to aggressively screen and medicate for high cholesterol in children is certain to incite controversy amid a...

2008-07-07 09:00:03

By LINDSEY TANNER By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press CHICAGO For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems. It is the strongest guidance ever given on the issue by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which was to release its new guidelines today. The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1- year-olds and wider cholesterol testing. Dr. Stephen Daniels,...

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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,...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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