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Smoking during pregnancy jeopardizes cholesterol levels of offspring
Date: 2011-06-24 15:44:49
Individuals whose mothers smoked cigarettes while they were pregnant may benefit from cholesterol testing, as a new study has found that smoking during pregnancy decreases levels of a beneficial type of cholesterol known as HDL in children.... Full Story

Intensive statin therapy may increase diabetes risk
Date: 2011-06-22 15:44:00
Following unhealthy cholesterol test results, many individuals are prescribed statin medications by their doctors. However, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Assoction found that higher doses of these medications may actually increase a patient's risk of developing diabetes.... Full Story

Obesity doesn’t always mean poor heart health
Date: 2011-06-17 15:39:07
It is well known that obese individuals are more likely to develop heart disease. However, they may not be as likely to receive unhealthy cholesterol results as once thought, according to a new study out of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.... Full Story

What’s the deal with cholesterol?
Date: 2011-06-16 15:54:53
Many people often hear the advice that they should seek cholesterol testing and take steps to reduce their levels. However, how many people actually know what cholesterol is? Furthermore, how many can explain why staying on top of cholesterol levels is important?... Full Story

Statin medications shown to have little impact on immediate heart risk
Date: 2011-06-15 15:45:34
Statin medications have become a common treatment for individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results. However, the use of these drugs has also been growing among doctors treating individuals who are at eminent risk of a heart attack or who have just experienced such an event.... Full Story

FDA warns against high doses of cholesterol medication
Date: 2011-06-10 15:34:10
For many patients who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, simvastatin - known by its brand name of Zocor - has helped them limit their risk of cardiovascular complications. However, the Food and Drug Administration is now warning patients that the drug may cause serious side effects when taken in high doses.... Full Story

Failure to take cholesterol medications may result in heavy economic toll
Date: 2011-06-09 11:41:51
Many patients who receive unhealthy cholesterol test results are put on statin medications. While these drugs do an effective job of managing blood lipid levels, a startling number of individuals who are supposed to be taking them do not follow through with their prescribed treatment. A new study suggests that this may have major economic and public health consequences.... Full Story

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