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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The strange case of an 88-year-old man who ate 25 eggs a day and had normal cholesterol levels is the latest evidence fueling an ongoing debate over the impact of dietary cholesterol on heart disease. The report in last week's New England Journal of Medicine suggests that consuming high amounts of cholesterol may not necessarily elevate an individual's blood level.
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HEALTH
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.
NATIONAL
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.
HEALTH
January 24, 2000 | VALERIE ULENE and JONATHAN FIELDING
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.
SCIENCE
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.
NEWS
July 23, 1993 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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