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

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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...

Prescribing drugs for cardiovascular disease prevention in the UK - can it be improved to prevent strokes?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Drugs such as statins that have the potential to prevent strokes and other types of cardiovascular disease have not been prescribed to a large proportion of people at risk in the UK, according to a...

Statins may lower mortality risk in ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis patients

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Patients with ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis who take statins may have as much as a 33 percent lower mortality risk, according to new research findings presented this week at the...

New statin guidelines issued for primary CVD prevention

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

The United States Preventive Services Task Force have issued new recommendations for the use of statins in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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...

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...

Statins could cut death risk by a third for some arthritis patients

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers find statins could lower the risk of death for patients with psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis by reducing inflammation.

High-dose statins may help CVD patients live longer

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Despite previous conflicting messages from healthcare professionals, new research suggests statins are beneficial for cardiovascular patients.

New statement provides guidance about potential interactions between statins and commonly prescribed heart disease drugs

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association provides guidance on how to manage the drug interactions of cholesterol-lowering medications called statins with other select heart...

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.

Study demonstrates feasibility of therapeutic gene delivery for inherited retinal degeneration in children

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PST

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to deliver a fully functional copy of the CLN3 gene to stem cells of patients with juvenile NCL, an inherited neurodegenerative disease in which a mutation...

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.

The BMJ responds to "inaccurate statements" over statins articles

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST

Publication of documents "serve to correct the public record," says The BMJ's Editor in chief.

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.

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...

Statins improve birth outcomes for mothers with an autoimmune disorder

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 PST

A new statin treatment shows promise for reducing premature births and increasing babies' chances of survival for mothers with an autoimmune disease.

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.

Statins controversy linked to rise in UK patients stopping the treatment

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00:00 PST

A period of intense debate about statins, covered widely in the mainstream media, was followed by a substantial rise in the proportion of people in the UK stopping taking the drug, according to a...