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2010-05-13 07:00:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicotinic acid (niacin) is the most effective agent available for increasing HDL ("good cholesterol"). Niacin is a type of naturally occurring B vitamin that aids in the function of skin, nerves and digestion. The adult body needs at least 14-16 mg of niacin daily to function properly. The term niacin is sometimes used to refer to both nicotinic acid and the closely related molecule, nicotinamide, but only nicotinic acid has been shown to have...

2010-05-10 15:40:00

A tiny gene mutation in human liver cells could one day influence how high or low a dose patients need of about half of the clinically used drugs on the market, new research suggests. Scientists at Ohio State University and their colleagues have identified this mutation, and have shown that it alters the level of a protein in the liver responsible for processing between 45 percent and 60 percent of medications used to treat a wide range of conditions. Each gene contains two alternative forms...

2010-03-17 07:00:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Niacin, or nicotinic acid, when used under the care and monitoring of a healthcare provider, is the most effective agent available for increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good cholesterol (1)." HDL is known as "good cholesterol" because it has protective effects on the heart and blood vessels. It not only removes excess cholesterol in the blood and brings it to the liver for disposal, it may also have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory...

2010-03-02 06:30:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Slo-Niacin®, a nonprescription dietary niacin supplement, features nicotinic acid - the most effective substance available for increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), "good cholesterol."(1) First used in the 1950s, nicotinic acid is the oldest of today's most commonly used agents used for lowering cholesterol.(2) Slo-Niacin® has been on the market for more than 20 years, selling nearly 10 million bottles to...

2010-02-22 06:30:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- More people around the world die annually from heart disease than from any other cause.(1) One of the major factors contributing to heart disease is cholesterol.(2) Two options for cholesterol management include statins, such as Lipitor® or Zocor®, and niacin dietary supplements, such as Slo-Niacin®. Statins decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) "bad" cholesterol. Niacin, in the form of...

2010-01-22 06:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by the University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Health System challenges the medical thinking that the lower the cholesterol, the better. Tailoring treatment to a patient's overall heart attack risk, by considering all their risk factors, such as age, family history, and smoking status, was more effective, and used fewer high-dose statins, than current strategies to drive down cholesterol to a certain target,...

2009-11-16 13:50:01

Statin therapy should still be used first to reach blood cholesterol levels before considering addition of niacin Heart experts at Johns Hopkins are calling premature the early halt of a study by researchers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center on the benefits of combining extended-release niacin, a B vitamin, with cholesterol-lowering statin medications to prevent blood vessel narrowing. Cardiovascular atherosclerosis, as it is also known, is believed responsible...

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2009-11-16 12:46:29

A new study has exposed weaknesses on the part of cholesterol-lowering drugs Zetia and Vytorin. In a recent study consisting of 208 patients, scientists looked at the primary ingredient of Zetia and Vytorin, called ezetimibe. They compared the ingredient to a B-vitamin known as niacin, which is available for much less than either prescription pill. Researchers found that patients that were given ezetimibe had lower levels of LDL cholesterol, while those who received niacin had less blockage...

2009-10-27 13:58:03

Ezetimibe makes atorvastatin more efficient in lowering lipids in men and women age 65 and older Adding ezetimibe to atorvastatin significantly boosted the attainment of lipid targets as specified by both Canadian and European guidelines in elderly patients aged 65 and older and the combination produced superior results than simply increasing the dose of atorvastatin alone, Dr. Christian Constance told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and...

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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