All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘high cholesterol’

Cholesterol Medications Have a Romantic Side

U.S. News reports that new research from the American College of Cardiology’s 63 Annual Scientific Session asserts that certain cholesterol medications also improve erectile dysfunction by almost 25 percent. The soon-to-be most popular cholesterol medication in the world are of the statin variety, which go by the names of Altoprev, Crestor, Lescol, Mevacor, Pravachol and Zocor. These medicines are used …

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Cholesterol Drug Tredaptive Pulled Worldwide

Less than one month ago, Merck, a major U.S. pharmaceutical company, announced that its cholesterol drug Tredaptive failed a major clinical trial. The drug is meant to improve heart health by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol, but the trial found that patients on the drug did not have a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, necessary bypass surgery, or death, …

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Cholesterol and Obesity in Kids Linked to Bedroom TV Viewing

A new study has shown a correlation between kids who have TVs in their bedroom and childhood obesity. Previous studies have shown that poor TV viewing habits during childhood carry on into adulthood, leading to obesity and elevated total cholesterol. According to the study’s authors, the average U.S. child from age 8 to 18 watched 4.5 hours of TV each …

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Cholesterol Meds Most Effective With Exercise, Shows Study

A new study shows that cholesterol-lowering drugs have a more significant effect when combined with exercise. Though both the drugs and exercise lower the chances of premature death for people with high colesterol, their combined use staved off death better than either on its own. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, looked at more than 10,000 U.S. veterans, …

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Cholesterol Disorder Medication “Shows Promise” in Study

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that lomitapide “substantially and stably” reduced levels of LDL cholesterol in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH). Lomitapide is a microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) inhibitor that works by inhibiting MTP, which is necessary in the production of precursors to LDL cholesterol. Patients with HoFH, which is a …

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Cholesterol Drug Wins FDA Recommendation

Isis Pharmaceuticals recently announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the company’s drug, Kynamro (the trade name for mipomersen sodium) has been demonstrated to exhibit “sufficient” efficacy and safety for the treatment of Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH). HoFH is an aggressive, genetic cardiovascular disorder characterized by high levels of …

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Cholesterol Levels Dropping Among Americans, Study Says

While Americans continue to grow obese, a new analysis of U.S. health data shows that between 1988 and 2010, average cholesterol levels for U.S. adults have been declining. The study, published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and total cholesterol (TC) have declined over the past …

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High Cholesterol: Doctors Debate Whether Children Should Be Tested

High cholesterol should be a concern for everyone, including children. However, following a government-appointed panel’s recommendation that widespread screening be implemented for America’s youth, some doctors believe such practices should be frowned upon. According to thoughts published in Pediatrics on Monday, critics of the program are speculating that the agressive guidelines set forth by the aforementioned panel have been influenced …

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