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  • Surprise -- Cholesterol May Actually Pose Benefits, Study Shows

    01/10/2008 3:27:15 PM PST · by blam · 58 replies · 201+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-10-2008 | Texas A&M University
    Surprise -- Cholesterol May Actually Pose Benefits, Study Shows ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2008) — If you’re worried about high cholesterol levels and keeping heart-healthy as you get older, don’t push aside bacon and eggs just yet. A new study says they might actually provide a benefit. Researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered that lower cholesterol levels can actually reduce muscle gain with exercising. Lead investigator Steven Riechman, assistant professor of health and kinesiology, and Simon Sheather, head of the Department of Statistics, along with colleagues from The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,...
  • Oatmeal's Health Claims Reaffirmed, Study Suggests

    01/09/2008 1:54:22 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 447+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-8-2008 | University of Kentucky.
    Oatmeal's Health Claims Reaffirmed, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2008) — A new scientific review of the most current research shows the link between eating oatmeal and cholesterol reduction to be stronger than when the FDA initially approved the health claim's appearance on food labels in 1997. Dr. James W. Anderson, professor of medicine and clinical nutrition at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, co-authors "The Oatmeal-Cholesterol Connection: 10 Years Later" in the January/February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Anderson presents a contemporary analysis to determine if newer studies are consistent with the original conclusion...
  • Possible oral treatment for diabetics

    01/05/2008 3:09:12 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 3 replies · 48+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 24, 2007
    A substance derived from yeast is being tested in Israel as a potential oral treatment for diabetes and its complications. The substance -- glucose tolerance factor, or GTF -- offers promise of inhibiting oxidation processes that can result in strokes and heart attacks. GTF given at early stage of diabetes may prevent or delay renal complications as well as cataracts and retinal damage. "The research is now at the stage where the substance has been successfully tested on diabetic rats and was found to reduce sugar and lipids in the blood of the treated animals," research leader Nitsa Mirsky of...
  • Cholesterol-lowering drug linked to sleep disruptions

    11/07/2007 10:03:13 PM PST · by crazyshrink · 59 replies · 120+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 7-Nov-2007 | Edwin K. Kwon, B.A.; Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H.; and Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D.
    American Heart Association meeting report ORLANDO, Nov. 7 — A cholesterol-lowering drug appears to disrupt sleep patterns of some patients, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2007. “The findings are significant because sleep problems can affect quality of life and may have adverse health consequences, such as promoting weight gain and insulin resistance,” said Beatrice Golomb, M.D., lead author of the study and an associate professor of medicine and family and preventive medicine at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. In the largest study of its kind, researchers compared two types of cholesterol-lowering...
  • More young adults on cholesterol drugs

    10/30/2007 8:07:22 AM PDT · by qam1 · 98 replies · 224+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/30/07 | Linda A. Johnson
    Use of cholesterol and blood pressure medicines by young adults appears to be rising rapidly — at a faster pace than among senior citizens, according to an industry report being released Tuesday. Experts point to higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol problems among young people. Also, doctors are getting more aggressive with preventive treatments. "This is good news, that more people in this age range are taking these medicines," said Dr. Daniel W. Jones, president of the American Heart Association. Still, he said many more people should be on the drugs that lower cholesterol or blood...
  • Cherry Garcia and the End of Socialized Medicine

    10/10/2007 12:07:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 2,001+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2007 | Peter W. Huber
    On June 19, 1987, Ben & Jerry’s introduced Cherry Garcia, in honor of the man who played lead guitar for the Grateful Dead. The Food and Drug Administration struck back three months later, when it approved the first of a new family of statin drugs that curb cholesterol production in the human liver. A synthetic statin licensed a decade later would become the most lucrative drug in history. At its peak, Lipitor was streaming $14 billion a year into Pfizer’s coffers. Let’s not blame the victim: we don’t choose Cherry Garcia; it chooses us. Lipitor is a lifesaver for 600,000...
  • Merck "good" cholesterol drug meets trial goals

    09/03/2007 9:16:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sunday September 2, 10:20 am ET | Ben Hirschler
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Merck & Co's (NYSE:MRK - News) combination pill to raise "good" HDL cholesterol with less facial flushing -- a common side effect of HDL drugs -- met its main goals in a late-stage test, researchers said on Sunday. Merck believes the favorable results should sway patients, who now shun HDL-boosting drugs because of bothersome flushing, to stick with treatment that may cut their risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. Analysts reckon that could make Cordaptive, which may get to market in 2008, an eventual multibillion-dollar-a-year seller. But Steven Nissen, a top U.S. cardiologist at the...
  • Diabetes Patients Fixate on Blood Sugar and Neglect What May Kill Them

    08/20/2007 12:03:56 PM PDT · by IslandJeff · 69 replies · 1,756+ views
    Senior Journal - cites and links to NYT ^ | August 20, 2007 | Senior Journal
    Senior Citizen Health & Medicine Diabetes Patients Fixate on Blood Sugar and Neglect What May Kill Them Most die from heart disease and should focus on cholesterol, other protection Aug. 20, 2007 – Diabetes is high on the radar for senior citizens, who are well aware of the increase of this chronic and deadly disease, and because few do not have friends whose lives have been forever negatively changed the rituals of diabetes care and management. Although high blood pressure and arthritis are the most prominent chronic conditions for older Americans, type 2 diabetes, apparently fueled by the obesity epidemic,...
  • Pollution-cholesterol link to heart disease seen

    07/29/2007 8:18:23 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 3 replies · 215+ views
    LA Times ^ | july 29th 2007 | DancesWithCats
    The combination activates genes that can cause clogged arteries, UCLA researchers say. By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer July 26, 2007 Strengthening the link between air pollution and cardiovascular disease, new research suggests that people with high cholesterol are especially vulnerable to heart disease when they are exposed to diesel exhaust and other ultra-fine particles that are common pollutants in urban air. "Their combination creates a dangerous synergy that wreaks cardiovascular havoc far beyond what's caused by the diesel or cholesterol alone," said Dr. André Nel, chief of nanomedicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a...
  • Low cholesterol raises cancer risk

    07/24/2007 10:00:53 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 29 replies · 1,370+ views
    IANS ^ | 24 Jul 2007, 1305 hrs IST | IANS
    NEW YORK: US researchers say that lowering cholesterol levels with statins, a class of drugs, might increase the risk of cancer. The researchers who studied 40,000 people, however, could not say if this was a side effect of the drugs or due to the low cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Our body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if the substance increases in blood, it can stick to the walls of arteries. This is called plaque, which can narrow arteries or even block them. There are two types...
  • Patterns: Moderate Drinking May Ease Effects of ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

    05/14/2007 10:47:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 537+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 15, 2007 | ERIC NAGOURNEY
    Researchers have long known that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol appear to be less likely to develop heart disease. Much of the benefit has been attributed to the higher levels of HDL cholesterol — often referred to as the “good” cholesterol — found in moderate drinkers. The lipoproteins in this kind of cholesterol are believed to help the body fight off heart disease. But a new study suggests that alcohol may play another role in cholesterol and health. Moderate drinking may encourage the formation of larger lipoprotein particles in both HDL and LDL, the “bad” cholesterol associated with...
  • Inflamation and Cholesterol

    04/06/2007 12:43:39 PM PDT · by ShelbsSpeaks · 2 replies · 308+ views
    Dr. Russel Blaylock explains how to reduce inflamation. Get the full story about cholesterol.
  • The Deeper I Go Into It, The Fishier Statins Seem To Become

    03/31/2007 4:37:45 PM PDT · by blam · 142 replies · 4,129+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-31-2007 | James LeFanu
    The deeper I go into it, the fishier statins seem to become, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:25pm BST 31/03/2007 Second opinion Statins again, whose mass prescription is turning out to be much more serious (and sinister) than I could have supposed. The response to my last two columns has been, almost literally, overwhelming, so why are doctors apparently so unaware of the devastating symptoms they can cause? The British Heart Foundation (whose chairman, Professor Peter Weissberg accused me last week of being "easily led" on this matter) claims that statins have "minimal side effects" compared to those taking controlled...
  • Drugs for 'good' cholesterol fail tests

    03/26/2007 12:25:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies · 994+ views ^ | March 26, 2007 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    NEW ORLEANS -- The hot new strategy of trying to prevent heart disease by raising good cholesterol had more setbacks Monday as new studies showed that experimental drugs didn't work and also had safety problems. The news follows Pfizer Inc.'s abandonment in December of an $800 million investment in torcetrapib, the leading contender in this class of drugs, because it raised the risk of heart attacks and deaths. Heart specialists have been anxious to know whether the problems extend to all such drugs and doom this approach. "A lot of people think it's the next big thing, and we'll need...
  • Garlic May Not Lower Cholesterol

    02/27/2007 3:31:28 PM PST · by blam · 66 replies · 862+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2-27-2007 | Mirinda Hitti
    Garlic May Not Lower CholesterolStudy Shows No Improvement In Cholesterol Levels From Raw Garlic Or Garlic Supplements (WebMD) Garlic may not improve the cholesterol profiles of people with moderately high levels of "bad" cholesterol, a new study shows. The researchers tested raw garlic and two different garlic supplements on nearly 200 adults with moderately high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. After six months, the patients showed no improvements in their average cholesterol or other blood fats (lipids), no matter what kind of garlic they had consumed. "Garlic supplements or dietary garlic in reasonable doses are unlikely to produce lipid benefits"...
  • An Old Cholesterol Remedy Is New Again

    01/23/2007 6:07:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 72 replies · 2,972+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 23, 2007 | MICHAEL MASON
    Perhaps you heard it? The wail last month from the labs of heart researchers and the offices of Wall Street analysts? Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical giant, halted late-stage trials of a cholesterol drug called torcetrapib after investigators discovered that it increased heart problems — and death rates — in the test population. Torcetrapib wasn’t just another scientific misfire; the drug was to have been a blockbuster heralding the transformation of cardiovascular care. Statin drugs like simvastatin (sold as Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) lower blood levels of LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, thereby slowing the buildup of plaque in the arteries....
  • Niacin Expected To Grow As Heart Treatment

    01/23/2007 3:01:37 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 2,537+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-23-2007
    Niacin expected to grow as heart treatment CLEVELAND, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A Cleveland doctor says use of niacin as a cholesterol drug is likely to increase following the failure of a drug that was found to increase heart problems. Dr. Steven Nissen, a cardiologist at the famed Cleveland Clinic and president of the American College of Cardiology, said niacin, a B vitamin that raises HDL, commonly known as good cholesterol, is likely to increase in prominence after trials of the Pfizer Inc. cholesterol drug torcetrapib failed, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Raising HDL levels in patients helps to...
  • New Study To Test Statin-Parkinston's Link

    01/19/2007 11:08:25 AM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 1,360+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-18-2007 | SCI
    Source: Society of Chemical Industry Date: January 18, 2007 New Study To Test Statin-Parkinson's Link Science Daily — Researchers are sufficiently worried by new study results that they are planning clinical trials involving thousands of people to examine the possible link between Parkinson's disease and statins, the world biggest selling drugs, reports Patrick Walter in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. Suggestions of a statin link are not new, but the results of a recent study linking low LDL cholesterol to Parkinson's provide the strongest evidence to date that it could be real, because statins work by reducing...
  • Why did a promising heart drug fail?

    12/07/2006 7:01:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 906+ views ^ | 6 December 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Close window Published online: 6 December 2006; | doi:10.1038/news061204-8 Why did a promising heart drug fail?Doomed drug highlights complications of meddling with cholesterol.Helen Pearson High-density lipoproteins may be good for you, but at least one drug that acts on them is not.Hybrid Medical Animation / Science Photo Library The failure of a high-profile cholesterol drug has thrown a spotlight on the complicated machinery that regulates cholesterol levels. But many researchers remain confident that drugs to boost levels of 'good' cholesterol are still one of the most promising means to combat spiralling heart disease. Drug company Pfizer announced on 2...
  • Link Between Huntington's And Abnormal Cholesterol Levels Discovered In Brain

    12/01/2006 6:22:13 PM PST · by annie laurie · 13 replies · 623+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | December 1, 2006 | Mayo Clinic
    Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a protein interaction that may explain how the deadly Huntington's disease affects the brain. The findings, published in and featured on the cover of the current issue of Human Molecular Genetics, show how the mutated Huntington's protein interacts with another protein to cause dramatic accumulation of cholesterol in the brain. "Cholesterol is essential for promoting the connection network among brain cells and in maintaining their membrane integrity. Both the level of cholesterol and its delivery to the proper locations in the cell are essential for the survival of neurons," explains Mayo Clinic molecular biologist Cynthia...
  • Value of Cholesterol Targets Is Disputed

    10/16/2006 9:15:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 84 replies · 2,323+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | RONI RABIN
    A provocative review paper published this month has raised questions about the aggressive cholesterol-lowering recommendations made two years ago by a government panel. The panel, the National Cholesterol Education Program, urged patients at risk for heart disease to reduce sharply their harmful LDL cholesterol and to try to reach specific, very low levels. Though the authors of the new paper, published in the Oct. 3 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, endorse the use of cholesterol-lowering statins, they say there is not enough solid scientific evidence to support the target numbers for LDL cholesterol set forth by the government panel....
  • Heart Pill to Be Sold by Itself (New drug to increase HDL, Pfizer had wanted to sell with Lipitor)

    07/26/2006 2:25:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 832+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 26, 2006 | ALEX BERENSON
    Reversing a strategy that had drawn criticism from doctors, Pfizer says that it will apply for approval to sell a promising new heart treatment as a standalone pill — rather than only in combination with Lipitor, Pfizer’s best-selling cholesterol treatment. The new drug, torcetrapib, is still being tested in clinical trials and is at least 18 months from federal approval. But cardiologists say it has the potential to become a significant new treatment for heart disease. Clinical trials show that torcetrapib substantially raises the levels of so-called good cholesterol, a novel approach to preventing heart attacks and strokes. Wall Street...
  • Diabetes heart risk "equivalent to 15 years aging"

    06/30/2006 10:21:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 288+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/06 | Patricia Reaney
    LONDON (Reuters) - Diabetics are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, one of the world's biggest killers, 15 years earlier than other people, according to a scientist on Friday. So a person with diabetes aged 40 has the same odds of having a stroke or heart attack as a healthy person of 55. "Diabetes confers the same risk of cardiovascular disease as aging 15 years," said Gillian Booth of the Institute of Clinical Evaluation Sciences in Toronto, in an interview. But she added that not all people with diabetes are at high risk. Those that are do not reach the...
  • Sugar cane cholesterol treatment faulted

    05/16/2006 8:28:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 300+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 16, 2006 | LINDSEY TANNER
    AP MEDICAL WRITER CHICAGO -- German research casts doubt on the effectiveness of a sugar cane-based ingredient sold as a cholesterol treatment in One-A-Day vitamins and other products marketed in dozens of countries. The substance, called policosanol, worked no better than dummy pills in German adults with high levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad kind that can clog arteries and lead to heart problems. Even in high doses, policosanol derived from Cuban sugar cane produced no meaningful changes in cholesterol levels during 12 weeks of treatment, said lead author Dr. Heiner Berthold of the German Medical Association's drug commission. Most...
  • Nuggets of Death

    04/16/2006 9:49:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies · 1,850+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 16, 2006 | NINA TEICHOLZ
    IT'S never pleasant to learn that an artificial substance in your food might be ruining your health. This is what happened with trans fats when they were "discovered" in the food supply a few years ago, after a high-profile lawsuit against the makers of the Oreo cookie (laden with trans fats, who knew?) captured headlines nationwide. The publicity pushed the Food and Drug Administration to require that trans fats be listed on package labels starting this year. Producers of cookies, cakes, crackers, frozen foods and margarines, all high in trans fats, thus had an incentive to eliminate them from their...
  • Study: Tofu, Oatmeal Lower Cholesterol

    03/14/2006 9:33:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 347+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/14/06 | Beth Duff Brown - ap
    TORONTO - Maybe your doctor should write up a grocery list to help lower your cholesterol, suggests a small study that showed a rigid diet seemed as effective as cholesterol-lowering pills. Of course, sticking to that diet may not be easy. "People interested in lowering their cholesterol should probably acquire a taste for tofu and oatmeal," said study co-author David Jenkins of the University of Toronto. The study, published this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was funded in part by almond promoters and a major food company. Jenkins, Canadian research chair in metabolism and nutrition at Toronto,...
  • Cholesterol drug reverses heart disease

    03/13/2006 1:32:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies · 2,005+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | March 13, 2006 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    AP MEDICAL WRITER ATLANTA -- People in a new study got their "bad cholesterol" to the lowest levels ever seen and saw blockages in their blood vessels shrink by taking a high dose of cholesterol drug, researchers reported Monday. Doctors say it is the best evidence yet that heart disease actually can be reversed, not just kept from getting worse. Two-thirds of the 349 study participants had regression of heart artery buildups when they took the maximum dose of Crestor, the strongest of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs on the market and one under fire by a consumer group that contends...
  • Natural substance lowers cholesterol better than statins

    02/14/2006 1:50:42 AM PST · by djf · 48 replies · 4,822+ views
    net ^ | Jan 2004 | Michael Janson
    Policosanol and Cholesterol Revisited Policosanol, a mixture of waxy alcohols derived from sugar cane, rice bran oil, or wheat germ oil, has remarkable benefits for atherosclerosis that go beyond lowering cholesterol. Doctors recommend statin drugs to lower cholesterol, often even for people with normal serum levels, noting that these drugs have other benefits in stabilizing plaque and protecting endothelial cells. A friend told me that she lowered her cholesterol from 224 to 178 by taking policosanol, but her doctor was concerned that she might not be getting “all the benefits” of statins (but of course she was also avoiding the...
  • Heart group(American Heart Association) finds few health benefits from soy

    01/23/2006 1:12:59 PM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 42 replies · 1,102+ views
    CBC News ^ | Mon, 23 Jan 2006 | Staff
    Eating veggie burgers and tofu to lower "bad" cholesterol may not help, a new review of soy's health benefits suggests. The American Heart Association reviewed 22 randomized trials comparing soy protein and the soy component isoflavone to milk or other proteins. The majority of the trials concluded soy led to an average decrease in LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels of just three per cent. "This reduction is very small relative to the large amount of soy protein tested in these studies, averaging 50 grams, about half the usual total daily protein intake," the committee wrote in the Jan. 17 online...
  • Mutation found that cures heart disease

    01/21/2006 7:10:20 PM PST · by djf · 111 replies · 4,414+ views
    djf, with references
    In 1980, a man from a small town called Limone Sul Garda in northern Italy went to a doctor for some problem, not heart related. Testing of his blood showed very high levels of triglycerides, and very low levels of HDL, the good form of cholesterol. By all rights, the man should have either been dead from, or in imminent danger of a heart attack. But his arteries were clear. Analysis of his blood showed he had a very special form of Lipoprotein, a type of HDL. And further work with this particular type of Lipoprotein revealed astounding results. In...
  • FDA: Barley Can Make Healthy Heart Claim

    12/23/2005 1:39:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 405+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/05 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - Roll over oats: Breakfast cereals and other foods that contain barley also will be able to start claiming they can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The disease kills 500,000 Americans a year. Labels on whole barley and dry milled barley products, including flakes, grits, flour and meal, are expected to start making the claim, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday in announcing its ruling. The claim is identical to that already made on many oat products. The FDA estimates a quarter of the hot breakfast cereals, and another 5 percent of the cold cereals, sold...
  • New Merck Cholesterol Drug Could Threaten Pfizer

    12/16/2005 6:16:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 666+ views
    Market Scan ^ | 12.16.05, 3:58 PM ET | Kate DuBose Tomassi
    Merck (nyse: MRK - news - people )'s new HDL elevator, a drug developed to raise "good" cholesterol in the body, "complicates the cholesterol market" said Merrill Lynch analyst David Risinger in a report Friday. Hank McKinnell, the chief executive of Pfizer (nyse: PFE - news - people ), indicated recently that the company's "torcetrapip/Lipitor combination is a $10 billion opportunity" for Pfizer. Risinger said he believes Merck's new HDL elevator, MK-0524A, which Merck discussed at an analyst meeting Thursday, "introduces a new level of commercial risk" for Pfizer's combination LDL/HDL product, "which is the primary pipeline product expected to...
  • Cholesterol levels fall in older Americans (CDC study)

    10/11/2005 10:12:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 616+ views
    AP MEDICAL WRITER CHICAGO -- Despite the sharp rise in obesity in the United States, cholesterol levels in older Americans have fallen markedly over the past 40 years, mainly because of the introduction of statin drugs in the late 1980s, a government study found. Statins - which include such widely used medicines as Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol - can dramatically reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad kind that can clog arteries and lead to heart attacks. The drop in Americans' overall cholesterol levels resulted from a decline in LDL. Between 1960 and 2002, average total cholesterol levels for men...
  • The Truth About "Steroids"

    08/03/2005 6:45:48 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 14 replies · 474+ views
    Free Republic Blogosphere ^ | 8-03-05 | Me, Myself and I
    I would like to finally clear up the issue of "steroids" that athletes and body builders shoot or ingest to enhance their performance and what they represent. As you all can see from the above diagrams, the sex hormones and cortisone all bear a striking resemblance to that devil molecule, cholesterol. Coinkydink? Not a chance. As a matter of fact, our bodies manufacture all of these hormones starting out with cholesterol--either the cholesterol from our diet or the cholesterol that we make ourselves. Depending upon the specific enzymes that we have and their relative amounts, we turm cholesterol into the...
  • Genes key to cholesterol

    07/09/2005 10:01:52 AM PDT · by beavus · 6 replies · 341+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 7/8/05 | UPI
    BERKELEY, Calif., July 8 (UPI) -- California researchers found genes are more important than exercise in determining response to cholesterol. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute conducted a study to compare the effects of a high-fat diet and of exercise. Paul Williams gave diets that were either high or low in fat to 28 pairs of identical male twins -- one twin a vigorous exerciser, the other a comparative couch potato. For six weeks the twins ate either a high-fat diet -- 40 percent of its calories from fat,...
  • Know Your Numbers and Improve Your Odds

    07/01/2005 9:21:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 726+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2005 | Jane E. Brody
    Over the last 40 years, heart specialists have learned a lot about the way cholesterol behaves in the body, much to the benefit of Americans destined to suffer heart attacks or strokes - at least half of the population. As knowledge has grown, the goals of treatment have changed, with lifesaving effects. And now they are changing again. At first, pioneers bent on preventing cardiovascular disease focused only on a person's total blood cholesterol level. A level of 240 milligrams per deciliter of blood serum was considered "normal" just a few decades ago. Then research, like the Framingham Heart Study...
  • High Cholesterol? With Children, It May Not Matter

    05/30/2005 7:25:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,009+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 31, 2005 | DAN HURLEY
    Dr. Thomas B. Newman doesn't like the use of heart-rending stories to sway medical decision makers. He prefers statistical proof, the cold calculus of numbers. But in trying to explain why testing children's cholesterol rarely makes sense - a contention strongly disputed by many leading medical societies and government health agencies - even he cannot help stooping to a story. "I have a friend whose teenage son had his cholesterol measured," said Dr. Newman, a pediatrician and professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. "He was on the swim team and the...
  • New study: Cholesterol drugs can cut cancer

    05/29/2005 6:48:29 AM PDT · by ddtorque · 3 replies · 363+ views
    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can almost halve the risk of colon cancer, even in people with a family history of the disease, a joint Israeli-US study has shown. Nearly 105,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and some 56,000 will die from the disease. People who took a type of cholesterol-lowering drug for five years had nearly half the risk of developing colon cancer, even when they had a family history of the disease or other risk factors, according to researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The...
  • Low Cholesterol? Don't Brag Quite Yet

    05/11/2005 9:19:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,085+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 10, 2005 | LAURIE TARKAN
    Not all that long ago, a low cholesterol score was seen as a sign of relative good health and a low risk of heart disease. But increasingly, doctors are identifying a group of people whose levels of L.D.L, the so-called bad cholesterol, are low, but who still appear to be at increased risk for atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke. They have a condition known as metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that include mild hypertension, elevated glucose levels, high triglycerides and low levels of H.D.L. cholesterol. People with the syndrome also tend to have high levels of a protein,...
  • Low Cholesterol May Mean Poorer Mental Powers

    05/11/2005 9:09:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,010+ views
    Women Fitness ^ | Feb 14, 2005 | Reuters Health
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - We hear plenty about the dangers of high cholesterol levels, but low levels apparently confer their own risks. Naturally low cholesterol levels are associated with poorer performance on a variety of cognitive measures, according to a new study. "It is not entirely surprising that lower cholesterol levels were associated with moderately lower levels of cognitive function, given (that) cholesterol is important in brain function," Dr. Penelope K. Elias from Boston University told Reuters Health. Previous reports have related both high and low total cholesterol levels to deficits in cognitive performance, Elias and her colleagues explain...
  • (Sorry, Texans) Humorous Japan TV Report on HOUSTON Being "Obesity" Capital of USA (Streaming Video)

    01/14/2005 8:36:18 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies · 1,857+ views
    Japanese TV (FNN) ran a short report yesterday, highlighting the fact that Houston, Texas was voted as the US city with the most obese population.The report runs about one minute. It does not seem to be particularly flattering of poor Houston, nor overweight people living there (some which are profiled by telephoto lens). The way the clip is done is interesting, if not somewhat humorous, and from a Japanese perspective of rare obesity (but wait 'til it comes to cigarette smoking).At any rate, a short peek of how 'some' Americans are viewed and described, from overseas.
  • FDA mulls availability of drug for cholesterol

    01/14/2005 12:10:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 479+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2005 | Tom Ramstack
    The Washington Times FDA mulls availability of drug for cholesterolBy Tom RamstackTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished January 14, 2005 A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is scheduled to recommend today whether a drug aimed at treating high cholesterol should be sold from store shelves like common remedies for headaches, colds and allergies.     Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson, in a joint venture, have asked the FDA to let them sell a low-dose version of cholesterol-lowering Mevacor directly to consumers.     During the first day of a two-day hearing yesterday at a Bethesda, Md., hotel, FDA drug advisers questioned whether...
  • FDA Considers Over-the-Counter Sales for Cholesterol Drug

    01/13/2005 4:02:49 AM PST · by foolscap · 14 replies · 748+ views ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Laura Meckler
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is considering whether a drug for a serious chronic condition - high cholesterol - should sit on drugstore shelves alongside medicines for headaches, allergies and athlete's foot. Supporters say making a low-dose cholesterol medicine available without a doctor's prescription would help get needed treatment to millions of Americans who are at risk of heart disease. "There's a huge treatment gap," said Jerry Hansen, vice president of marketing at Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co., a joint venture that is asking the Food and Drug Administration for permission to sell a low-dose version of Mevacor over...
  • F.D.A. Calls Ads for Cholesterol Pill Crestor 'False and Misleading'

    12/23/2004 12:02:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,790+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 - AstraZeneca's recent full-page newspaper advertisements defending the safety of its cholesterol-lowering pill, Crestor, are "false and misleading," in part because serious concerns remain about the safety of the drug, federal drug regulators said Wednesday. The advertisements stated that "the F.D.A. has confidence in the safety and efficacy of Crestor" and that the agency "as recently as last Friday publicly confirmed that Crestor is safe and effective." Neither is true, said a letter from the Food and Drug Administration to AstraZeneca. In fact, days before the advertisements ran, top agency officials were widely quoted expressing concerns about...
  • Eat 'Supermeals' to Protect Heart: Experts (wine, chocolate, almonds...)

    12/17/2004 8:44:38 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 96 replies · 3,738+ views
    ABC News/Reuters ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Alison McCook
    Eating meals that include all ingredients known to improve cardiovascular health could add years to your life, according to new study findings released Friday. According to an international group of experts' calculations, if men age 50 and older added almonds, garlic and other heart-healthy ingredients to their daily diets, they might increase their life expectancy by more than 6 years, and spend more time free of cardiovascular disease. The Polymeal includes ingredients that research has consistently shown can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. The menu includes wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruits, vegetables, garlic and almonds. All ingredients must be...
  • Moore's Treasonous Behavior Continues

    12/14/2004 6:38:56 AM PST · by Jon Alvarez · 53 replies · 2,016+ views
  • Michael Moore's Latest Newsletter explaining how the Democrats are victims of abuse

    12/13/2004 5:01:04 AM PST · by Capagrl · 66 replies · 1,927+ views
    Michael Moore's Newsletter | 12/13/2004 | Michael Moore
    12/13/04 Dear Friends, It is no surprise that the Republicans are sore winners. They have spent the better part of the past month beating their chests, threatening to send to Siberia any Republican who doesn’t toe the line (poor Arlen Specter), and promising everything short of martial law if the Democrats don’t do what they are told. What’s worse is to watch the pathetic sight of the DLC (the conservative, pro-corporate group of Democrats) apologizing for being Democrats and promising to “purge” the party of the likes of, well, all of US! Their comments are so hilarious and really not...
  • Is this the miracle pill? (New Diet/Smoking/Heart Drug)

    11/27/2004 7:27:56 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 15 replies · 1,420+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | November 10, 2004 | PAUL H.B. SHIN
    Lose weight and quit smoking - all by popping a single "superpill." That science fiction-like possibility could become a reality soon - thanks to an amazing new experimental drug. A third of the people taking the drug lost at least 10% of their body weight and were able to keep it off for two years. That's longer than for any diet drug on the market, new research showed.
  • Obesity surgery can cure diabetes, study finds

    11/20/2004 3:02:18 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 54 replies · 1,710+ views
    MSNBC News ^ | October 12, 2004
    High blood pressure and other ills also improved by operation. Obesity surgery helps patients do more than shed weight — it often cures their diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, researchers say. The research — an analysis of 136 studies — found that such operations are more than cosmetic. They appear to alter the patient’s body chemistry itself and eliminate or relieve conditions that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. The analysis was funded by a Johnson & Johnson Co. subsidiary that develops and markets surgical instruments, including staplers for obesity surgery. But the results echo...
  • Caption This Photo (11-18-04 Pic) of a BLOATED Al Gore

    11/18/2004 2:54:17 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 196 replies · 7,464+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2004 | PJ-Comix
    Caption this photo of an INCREDIBLY BLOATED Algore. BTW, this photo is from TODAY!