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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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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...

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

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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...