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Statins are a group of medicines that can help lower the level of low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol "bad cholesterol" in the blood. Having a high level of LDL cholesterol is potentially dangerous, as it can lead to a hardening and narrowing of the



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High cholesterol diagnosis tied to lower breast cancer risk

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Study of 14 years of data on 1 million people found significantly lower odds of breast cancer and premature death in women diagnosed with high cholesterol.



Quitting statins after stroke may raise risk of another stroke

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Stroke patients who stopped taking statin drugs three to six months after a first ischemic stroke, the type caused by narrowed arteries, had a higher risk of a having another stroke within a year...



Continuing statins after an adverse event is associated with reduced risk for death

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Continuing statin prescriptions after an adverse reaction was associated with a lower incidence of death and cardiovascular events.



Ovarian cancer: Statins might be effective with diet control

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that, at the right dose and frequency, certain statins might be effective against ovarian cancer if diet excludes geranylgeraniol.



Concerns over side effects of statins stopping stroke survivors taking medication, study finds

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Negative media coverage of the side effects associated with taking statins, and patients' own experiences of taking the drugs, are among the reasons cited by stroke survivors and their carers for...



Statins may raise the risk of Parkinson's disease

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that rather than protecting against Parkinson's disease, it is possible that the use of statins may increase its risk.



Statins may improve heart structure, function

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Study suggests that people who use statins are less likely to have a thickened heart muscle and an enlarged heart - both risk factors for heart disease.



Older adults may not benefit from taking statins to prevent heart disease

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

An analysis of clinical trial data finds no benefit in giving older adults statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.



Statins: How safe are they?

Fri, 12 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The adverse effects of taking statins have repeatedly been under the spotlight. However, are these fears unfounded? MNT take a look at statin safety.



Statins: no increase in muscle-related side effects in patients who are unaware they are taking the drug, analysis finds

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

When patients were unaware they were taking statins there was no reported increase in muscle-related symptoms.



Stem cell drug screen yields potential alternative to statins

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have found that a class of heart failure drugs might decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in patients who do not...



More evidence that statins could prevent blood clots in the veins

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Further evidence has been found by Universities of Leicester and Bristol researchers to suggest statins could "significantly reduce" the occurrence of blood clotting in certain parts of the body.



Guidelines differ on recommendations of statin treatment for African-Americans

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Approximately 1 in 4 African American individuals recommended for statin therapy under guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association are no longer recommended for...



Study suggests new drug alongside statins can significantly cut cholesterol

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new class of cholesterol-lowering drug has been found to help patients cut their risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack.



Statin timing and dosage may improve heart surgery outcomes

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Patients on statins should not stop taking the cholesterol-lowering medication before heart surgery - even on the day of surgery, according to an article posted online in The Annals of Thoracic...



Statins linked to higher risk of diabetes in older women

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New research finds that taking statins is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing diabetes in older women - with risk increasing with dose.



Statins do not benefit patients with lung cancer, new study shows

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cholesterol-lowering drugs used alongside chemotherapy have no effect on treatment outcomes for lung cancer patients, according to a new study.



Statin side effects are strongest predictor of failure to meet cholesterol targets

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Statin side effects are the strongest predictor of failure to meet low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol targets, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive...



Experts urge for wider prescription of statins in treatment and prevention: Link to diabetes questionable and inconsequential

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

World-renowned researchers from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University as well as Harvard Medical School address the possible but unproven link between statins...



Could statins help to reduce blood clots in veins?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A research review suggests that statins - commonly used for reducing cholesterol to prevent cardiovascular disease - may also prevent blood clots in veins.



Dietary supplement may carry both benefits and risks associated with statins

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Red yeast rice (RYR) is contained in dietary supplements that are often used by patients with high cholesterol, and it is often proposed as an alternative therapy in those who experience side...



Statins could halt vein blood clots, research suggests

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Statins could hold the key to eradicating one of the most preventable causes of hospital deaths after researchers uncovered a new role for the cholesterol-lowering pill.



Could statins reduce the risk of Alzheimer's?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PDT

An observational study has uncovered a link between high use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease.



Controlling gene activity in human development

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the Babraham Institute have revealed a new understanding of the molecular switches that control gene activity in human embryonic stem cells.



Risk of hemorrhage with statins and stroke prevention drug combination

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Two commonly used statins can increase the risk of hemorrhage when combined with dabigatran etexilate, a drug often used for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a...