cholesterol

A drug that dramatically lowers cholesterol approved by the FDA

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jul, 2015
by Alex Muller

The drug is controversial because it is expected to cost about $14,000 a year.

Slightly high cholesterol in mid-life can be 'risky for the heart'

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2015
by Alex Muller

Having even slightly raised cholesterol in mid-life significantly increases a person's risk of heart disease, research reveals.

One Gene Mutation Cuts Heart Attack Risk by Half

Posted in Medicine on 16th Nov, 2014
by Alex Muller

The Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 (NPC1L1) gene is linked to high cholesterol levels. Ezetimibe, a commonly prescribed drug to lower blood cholesterol, targets this same gene.

Genetic test for heart disease risk rolled out in UK

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014
by Alex Muller

A test for a preventable form of heart disease is being rolled out in the UK.

Fears over statins use are 'misleading'

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Mar, 2014
by Alex Muller

A leading researcher on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs has accused critics of misleading the public about the dangers of taking them.