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Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests. The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third. But, lead researcher Dr. Christophe Tzourio, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux and Inserm in France, doesn't think older people should start taking these drugs solely for stroke prevention. "Our results should not be interpreted as an indication for prescribing statins or fibrates to elderly individuals. We wouldn't recommend changing medications based on the results of only one study," he said. "The next step is to see whether we can replicate our findings or not," he added. The report was published May 19 in the BMJ. Statins include drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor. ... Read more

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Study Questions Rise in Use of Certain Cholesterol Drugs

Posted 22 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 22 – Use of a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called fibrates is on the rise in the United States despite research that suggests they may not do much to improve health, researchers say. Fibrates are often prescribed to people with low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides, a harmful form of fat circulating in the blood, experts explained. The new study isn't questioning the ability of fibrates to lower triglycerides, said lead study author Cynthia A. Jackevicius, an associate professor of pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. Fibrates have also been shown to have a "modest" effect on raising HDL cholesterol. (Statins, another hugely popular family of cholesterol drugs that includes brands such as Lipitor and Zocor, are used to lower LDL, or "bad, cholesterol.) The real question, according to the study ... Read more

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Herbicides, Fibrate Drugs May Block Taste Receptors

Posted 2 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 27 – Some common herbicides and cholesterol drugs block a nutrient-sensing receptor known as T1R3, researchers report. "Compounds that either activate or block T1R3 receptors could have significant metabolic effects, potentially influencing diseases such as obesity, type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome," study author Dr. Bedrich Mosinger said in a news release. Mosinger is a geneticist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. The receptor helps the body detect sweetness and the savory taste known as umami. It's found on the tongue and also appears to be in the intestine and pancreas. According to scientists, the receptors notice that nutrients are in food and set off their processing. In the study, recently published online in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, researchers looked at two compounds – fibrates and phenoxy-herbicides – to see if they had an ... Read more

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