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June 23, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Drugs that lower cholesterol to help prevent heart attacks also may thwart the most common type of stroke, researchers said. Drugs such as Zocor and Pravachol reduced the risk of stroke by an estimated 27%, an analysis of 12 studies involving 19,518 patients with high cholesterol found. Researchers say the drugs, known as reductase inhibitors, may avert strokes by cleaning arteries, preventing their deterioration or forestalling heart attacks.
December 9, 1988 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Medical Writer
An experimental hormone that has shown promise in boosting the immune system of patients with AIDS and blood diseases also has an unexpected ability to lower cholesterol in the bloodstream, according to UCLA Medical Center researchers. The finding, being reported in Thursday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., may stimulate research to develop new cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to Dr. Stephen D.
September 2, 1987 | United Press International
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the sale of a cholesterol-lowering drug that could help millions of people reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes. The prescription drug, taken as a tablet once or twice a day, is called lovastatin and will be available in two or three weeks under the brand name Mevacor. It will be marketed by Merck Sharp & Dohme of West Point, Pa. Dr. Michael Brown and Dr.
August 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration approved the cholesterol-lowering drug called Crestor after long debate about the risk of side effects. Made by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Crestor, a statin, comes with a warning about taking higher-than-recommended doses, which have contributed to rare cases of a potentially fatal, muscle-destroying condition called rhabdomyolysis.
July 28, 1989 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
For the first time, researchers have identified a biochemical mechanism by which high cholesterol levels can help trigger colorectal and pancreatic cancers, two of the five most deadly tumors among U.S. cancer victims. Epidemiological studies had previously linked diets high in meat and other fatty foods, as well as high cholesterol levels, to colorectal cancer, but researchers had virtually no idea what role cholesterol played in tumor formation.
A growing body of evidence suggests that diets and drugs that lower blood cholesterol levels may indirectly raise the risk of certain types of violent death by producing personality changes--inducing anger, irritability, aggressiveness and increased risk-taking. The studies have set off competing waves of concern and skepticism in the medical community.
August 21, 1996 | From Associated Press
A little-known form of "bad" cholesterol that doctors cannot yet measure reliably may cause early heart disease just as often as its better-known cousins, a study suggests. The lesser-known culprit, called lipoprotein(a), may lurk in dangerously high levels in the blood of people whose other cholesterol levels appear normal on routine tests, researchers say.
Oat bran, much ballyhooed as a cholesterol-fighting food, appears to have little specific cholesterol-lowering effect in people with normal cholesterol levels, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers found that large amounts of high-fiber oat bran are no more effective in a cholesterol-lowering diet than low-fiber refined wheat.
February 3, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Obesity rates around the world have about doubled between 1980 and 2008, but not all the news is bad--some countries have shown a decline in average blood pressure and cholesterol levels and a leveling off of body mass index. The news comes via several studies released Thursday in the Lancet , which detail how various countries and regions are faring in terms of BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Overall, between 1980 and 2008, global BMI increased on average 0.4 to 0.5 kilograms (about 0.9 to 1.1 pounds)
May 16, 2005 | Elena Conis
Coconut oil's long shelf life and high melting point once made it and other tropical oils, such as palm oil, popular ingredients in processed snacks. But, like butter, whole milk and red meat, coconut oil contains saturated fat, which experts have said contributes to high cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart disease. More recently, however, researchers have revealed that the fat molecules in coconut oil are shorter than those in animal-derived saturated fat.
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