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2008-07-25 03:00:12

Scientists may have found a way to test for and possibly avoid the most serious side effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, one of the top-selling medicines in the world. In rare cases, statins can cause muscle pain and weakness. Researchers have identified a genetic variation that seems to predict more than half of these cases. People on statins who have the variant were five to 17 times more likely to develop muscle problems, a serious side effect that can lead to muscle...

2008-07-24 15:00:15

By ALICIA CHANG, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Scientists may have found a way to test for and possibly avoid the most serious side effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, one of the top-selling medicines in the world. In rare cases, statins can cause muscle pain and weakness. Researchers have identified a genetic variation that seems to predict more than half of these cases. People on statins who have the variant were about five to 17 times more likely to develop muscle problems, a serious...

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2008-07-24 09:05:00

By Alicia Chang / The Associated Press Scientists may have found a way to test for and possibly avoid the most serious side effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, one of the top-selling medicines in the world. In rare cases, statins can cause muscle pain and weakness. Researchers have identified a genetic variation that seems to predict more than half of these cases of side effects. The finding raises hope that a test could be developed to screen heart patients to find out who is at...

2008-07-10 00:00:08

Pennsylvania researchers say an alternative, or naturopathic, method to lower cholesterol can be as effective as cholesterol-reducing medications. Lead author Dr. David Becker of the University of Pennsylvania Health System said that although the safety of statins has been well documented, 40 percent of patients who receive statins take it for less than one year. The researchers randomly assigned half of 74 patients with high blood cholesterol to the alternative treatment group. They...

2006-05-16 15:35:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women who use statin drugs to lower their cholesterol are no more likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not use the drugs, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, contradicts some earlier studies that suggested there may be a link. But it offered the possibility that certain formulations of statin drugs may reduce breast cancer risk. Statins are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the...

2006-01-18 14:23:07

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to the expectations of some scientists, cholesterol-lowering 'statin' drugs (such as Lipitor or Zocor) do not appear to stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the eye. In fact, a review of data from the Cardiovascular Health Study suggests that taking a statin may slightly increase the risk of AMD, investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham report. Macular degeneration is a condition in which there is progressive...

2006-01-03 17:00:12

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Statin drugs are proven to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attacks, but researchers said on Tuesday the best-selling medications do not ward off cancer as some earlier studies have suggested. Preliminary studies showed lower rates of breast, prostate and colon cancers among statin users. But an analysis of 26 studies involving 87,000 patients concluded the drugs had no impact on cancer rates, according to their report...

2005-10-24 15:22:56

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Statin drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol levels and increasingly seen as having other health benefits have no effect on women's risk of developing breast cancer, a study said on Monday. Some previous studies have suggested statins may protect against cancers of the breast, colon, pancreas, esophagus and liver, according to the report published in the October 24 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. But an analysis of data from 79,000 women...

2005-09-27 00:36:07

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Statin drugs used to lower cholesterol levels also cut the risk of bone fractures in adults, a study said on Monday. In a 2-1/2-year survey of 83,000 mostly male U.S. military veterans, the 28,000 who took statin drugs had roughly a one-third lower risk of fracturing bones compared to those not taking statins or those taking other types of cholesterol-lowering drugs, the report said. The finding backed up previous research that showed statins lowered bone...


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