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December 17, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Americans may be too fat, but at least their cholesterol is low. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cholesterol level for U.S. adults is in the ideal range, the government reported Wednesday. Results from a national survey that included blood tests found the total average cholesterol level dropped to 199 last year. Experts consider 200 and lower to be ideal. Growing use of cholesterol-lowering pills is believed to be a key reason for the improvement, experts said.
January 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Public cholesterol screening tests apparently encourage many people to seek advice from their doctors and change their diets to cut their risk for heart disease, researchers say. A recent study found that about 40% of people who had high cholesterol levels on public screening tests went to a doctor to follow up on the results and more than 75% reported changing their diets. Dr.
June 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Health officials approved the nation's first skin test for cholesterol, a system that detects the heart-clogging substance through the palm of the hand. The action approves its use only in certain already sick patients. It's not for routine cholesterol screening, the Food and Drug Administration stressed. Drawing a little blood remains the only way to test the general population for high cholesterol.
A friend called recently for a second opinion about a cholesterol test ordered by her daughter's pediatrician. Was it really necessary to check her 4-year-old's cholesterol level? Even if it was found to be high, was there anything to do about it? We used to believe that atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries due to fat buildup, did not develop until late in life.
August 14, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A new type of drug can reduce cholesterol levels significantly, the makers of the drug reported Wednesday. The drug works through a genetic method called anti-sense, said Carlsbad, Calif.-based Isis Pharmaceuticals. Known by its experimental name, ISIS 301012 blocks production of a protein that carries low-density lipoprotein, the so-called bad cholesterol that causes heart disease. In 19 volunteers, the drug lowered LDL levels by as much as 44% after 25 days.
For almost 52 million Americans with high cholesterol, the complex causes of heart disease were long ago reduced to a simple formula of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. The higher the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, the greater the chances of staying healthy. Now experiments with genetically engineered mice show that some high-density lipoproteins--the so-called good HDL cholesterol long thought to prevent heart disease--may cause it.
July 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Kroger Co., the nation's largest traditional grocery company and operator of the Ralphs chain in Southern California, is marketing a new milk brand for its cholesterol-reducing potential. The product, under Kroger's Active Lifestyle brand, is billed as the first national launch of a cholesterol-cutting milk. It adds to Kroger's expanding lines for consumers of health-conscious and natural or organic foods and the in-house brands that the company sees as an important part of its profit strategy.
August 3, 1995 | From Newsday
Eating tofu and other soybean products can significantly reduce cholesterol levels, scientists said Wednesday. Six weeks to three months of substituting soybeans for animal proteins cut total blood cholesterol by an average of 9.3%, a University of Kentucky team reports in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers analyzed 38 previous clinical studies with a total of 740 subjects, going back 18 years.
December 9, 1988 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Scenic bayside Sausalito, where posh waterfront restaurants serve up spectacular views of San Francisco as well as fish dishes swimming in Hollandaise sauce, labeled itself the nation's first "cholesterol-free zone" Thursday.
January 16, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Aggressively lowering cholesterol in people who have had bypass operations can help prevent their arteries from reclogging, according to a multicenter study. About 400,000 Americans have bypasses each year to reroute blood around clogged heart arteries, but the patients often need repeat surgery when the arteries clog up again. In a study of 1,351 patients who had undergone bypasses, half received very aggressive treatment to reduce cholesterol and half received only moderate treatment.
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