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Cholesterol is a fatty substance called a lipid that is important to aid the normal functionality of the body. Cholesterol is produced mainly by the liver but can also be found in foods. Cholesterol is carried in your blood by proteins which when combined



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Study finds key protein that binds to LDL cholesterol

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A Yale-led research team identified a protein that plays an important role in the buildup of LDL cholesterol in blood vessels.



Why raising good cholesterol may not always protect against heart disease

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Good cholesterol is well associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk, but just raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels have produced disappointing results in recent clinical trials.



Amputation risks highest amongst poor and black PAD patients

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

Poverty and black race are independently predictive of greater amputation risk among patients with narrowing of the blood vessels, or peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to preliminary...



Use of statins before cardiac arrest may aid survival afterwards

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Patients who have been taking statins are likely to survive longer after a cardiac arrest than those who are not taking them, according to research from Taiwan researchers presented during the...



Moderate drinking may benefit 'good' cholesterol levels

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers find moderate alcohol intake - especially intake of beer and hard liquor - may slow the decline of 'good' low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.



Physically fit adults have lower statin-induced diabetes risk

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:00:00 PST

Being fit may protect those who take cholesterol-lowering statins from developing statin-induced Type 2 diabetes, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's...



Raising 'good cholesterol' not as effective as lowering 'bad cholesterol'

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Low and very high levels of HDL, or "good cholesterol" are associated with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other causes, according to a study in the Journal of the American...



New testing method allows for more effective diagnosis of genetically-based high cholesterol

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new genetic testing method developed at Western University called LipidSeq can identify a genetic basis for high-cholesterol in almost 70 per cent of a targeted patient population.



High cholesterol triggers mitochondrial oxidative stress leading to osteoarthritis

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PST

New research suggests that mitochondria targeting antioxidants could be a viable treatment strategy for osteoarthritis before cartilage reaches a stage of complete degradation.



Personalized Medicine: Smart drug clears fat from liver and blood

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München have developed a 'smart' drug that safely clears the liver of fat and prevents blood vessels from clogging up.



Review suggests eating oats can lower cholesterol as measured by a variety of markers

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

Researchers have known for more than 50 years that eating oats can lower cholesterol levels and thus reduce a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.



Cholesterol-lowering gene variants linked to greater type 2 diabetes risk

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

A study questions the safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs, after finding a number of gene variants mediated by the drugs may raise type 2 diabetes risk.



Randomized trial suggests eating bread made with ancient grains could benefit heart health

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Randomized trial suggests eating bread made with ancient grains could help lower cholesterol and blood glucose.



Are statins the best cholesterol-lowering drug? Study investigates

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PST

Researchers have reviewed both statin and nonstatin therapies in an attempt to determine how they impact cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk.



Statins: 'Harms have been overestimated,' says review

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST

An in-depth review into the health outcomes of statin therapy suggests the benefits of the cholesterol-lowering drugs outweigh the risks.



Recently approved cholesterol medication not cost-effective; Could substantially increase U.S. health care costs

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PST

Although the recently FDA approved cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, could substantially reduce heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths, they would not be cost-effective for...



Intermediate HDL cholesterol levels may be best for longevity

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 02:00:00 PST

A new study indicates that maintaining an intermediate level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) may help people live longer.



Mid-range 'good' cholesterol levels associated with longer life

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PST

Low and high HDL cholesterol levels have been associated with an increased risk of premature death, while intermediate levels decrease the risk of death.



Studies in humans and animals show link between GALNT2 gene and levels of HDL cholesterol

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PST

Penn Researchers identify first-known humans with genetic mutations of GALNT2 and evaluate effects of these mutations on cholesterol and lipid levels.



Promoting regulatory T cell production may help control atherosclerosis

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PST

In atherosclerosis, the buildup of cholesterol deposits in arteries poses a major risk for cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.



Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PST

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to...



'Bad' cholesterol linked to poorer cognitive performance

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers find a link between the fluctuations of 'bad' cholesterol levels and a reduction in the cognitive ability of an elderly population.



Effect of cholesterol medicine on inflammatory diseases mapped

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PST

The cholesterol medicine simvastatin, which is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the world, also has a beneficial effect on the immune defence system with regard to diseases such as...



Statins: could they decrease death risk in four most common cancers?

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PST

High cholesterol is linked to reduced mortality and improved survival in the four most common cancers, researchers say, as they present their new study.



Butter not significantly linked to ill health, says study

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:00:00 PST

Saturated fats are bad for us, but maybe not in every case. Butter, it seems, may not increase the risk of CVD and may protect against diabetes.