High Cholesterol

Hypercholesterolemia is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood. A number of lifestyle changes are recommended in those with high cholesterol including: smoking cessation, limiting alcohol consumption, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and a diet low in saturated fats.
  • Statins, the family of drugs used to lower cholesterol, might also reduce the risk of epileptic seizures in people with cardiovascular disease, according to a new statistical study by a drug safety expert at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The findings could provide the basis for randomized, controlled clinical trials to test the efficacy of the drugs as anti-epileptic medication.
  • Drug maker, Pfizer Inc., initiated a recall of Lipitor (atorvastatin) in August due to complaints of an uncharacteristic "musty odor." The recall however only became public this week.
  • Thanks to a discovery by a Saint Louis University researcher, scientists have identified an important microRNA that may allow us to better control cholesterol levels in blood.
  • Scientists at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) in San Antonio have found a gene that causes high levels of bad cholesterol to accumulate in the blood as a result of a high-cholesterol diet.
  • In a study that could potentially change housekeeping rules, scientists have suggested that common chemicals found in domestic items like non-stick cookware and grease-resistant food packaging could be associated to increasing cholesterol levels among teenagers.
  • Children and teens with higher blood levels of chemicals used in the production of non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics appear more likely to have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
  • With the kind of stress laden, sedentary lifestyle that most of us lead today combined with erratic dietary habits, it is no surprise that cholesterol especially the ‘bad kind’ of LDL builds up in the body putting us in the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc.
  • Repeated measurements over several months may be required to figure out whether a woman is having high cholesterol level, given that the lipid profile fluctuates during menstrual cycle, says a new study.
  • Are you suffering from hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol? If so, beware that you need to change your diet and lifestyle immediately. Apart from taking prescribed drugs to bring down the levels, you need to focus on the diet and cardiovascular health to keep this killer at bay.
  • Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., are some of the first to prove that a gene linked to a disease trait by genome wide association studies (GWAS) can be clinically relevant and an important determinant of disease risk.
  • The true power of genomic research lies in its ability to help scientists understand biological processes, particularly those that - when altered - can lead to disease.
  • A global team of researchers co-led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health has discovered or confirmed 95 regions of the human genome where genetic variants are associated with blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which are major indicators of heart disease risk.
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