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FDA warns of statin side effectsupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 12:52:00

The FDA changes labels on statin medications after reports of some side effects. Elizabeth Cohen has details.

CNNMoney: War against cholesterol gets cheaperupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 14:45:00

The blockbuster drug Lipitor went generic Wednesday, likely costing its maker billions of dollars in sales, but saving its users a nice sum in their fight against cholesterol.

Lipitor going genericupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 03:19:00

The world's best-selling cholesterol drug will soon be available at a lower price. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

'The last heart attack'updated: Fri Aug 26 2011 12:45:00

"Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: The Last Heart Attack," airs August 21 on CNN.

Will you have a heart attack? These tests might tellupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 12:45:00

Most heart attacks strike with no warning, but doctors now have a clearer picture than ever before of who is most likely to have one, says Dr. Arthur Agatston, a Miami cardiologist and author of the best-selling South Beach diet books.

What your cholesterol number really saysupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 07:40:00

Learning your cholesterol numbers -- the good, the bad and the total -- is a well-established part of the annual physical exam.

Ways to keep your cholesterol healthyupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 07:40:00

February: John Lisk reports on tips to keep your good cholesterol up and your bad cholesterol down.

Fortune: The war over Lipitor - Full versionupdated: Fri May 06 2011 13:02:00

Just after Thanksgiving this year, if all goes as planned, the pharmaceutical industry will pass a historic milestone: A generic version of Lipitor -- the biggest-selling prescription drug on the face of the earth -- will go on sale for the first time in the U.S.

Fortune: The war over Lipitorupdated: Fri May 06 2011 13:00:00

Just after Thanksgiving this year, if all goes as planned, the pharmaceutical industry will pass a historic milestone: A generic version of Lipitor -- the biggest-selling prescription drug on the face of the earth -- will go on sale for the first time in the U.S.

Strength of cholesterol-lowering supplements varies widelyupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 09:06:00

Bottles of the popular cholesterol-lowering supplement red yeast rice almost always list 600 milligrams of rice as the sole ingredient. But different brands of capsules contain widely varying amounts of the active ingredient that fights cholesterol, a new study suggests.

Is cholesterol testing for kids going too far?updated: Wed Jul 14 2010 12:33:00

Cholesterol tests may soon become as routine a part of childhood health care as vaccines. In recent years, a growing number of pediatricians have been pushing for all children to have their cholesterol checked, not just those who appear to be at risk for heart disease later in life.

Higher 'good' cholesterol linked to lower cancer riskupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 17:01:00

People who have low levels of the so-called good cholesterol have long been known to be at higher risk of heart attacks and heart disease. Now, a new study suggests they may have a higher risk of cancer, too.

Protein heart tests: A lifesaver or overhyped?updated: Mon May 24 2010 10:36:00

Dianne has always worried about her heart health -- both her parents died of heart attacks -- yet her cholesterol has never been off the charts. All the same, the 59-year-old schoolteacher (who asked that her last name not be used) has been taking a cholesterol-lowering statin for more than two years.

Guilt-free eating: 10 nutrition myths debunkedupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 09:35:00

Some nutrition myths bounce around on crazy e-mail chain letters and pop up on goofy evening news reports. Others fuel the sale of rip-off diet books. Some are so accepted they seem hardwired into our brains. Take deep-fried foods, for example. They're universally bad for you, right? Well, no.

Sweet tooth? Here's news hard to live withupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 11:01:00

Sugar lovers may have to face a bitter truth: The less sugar added to foods for typical people, the better are their blood-fat profiles and the lower are their cardiovascular risks, a study to be published Wednesday concludes.

Help me understand my cholesterol drugsupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:38:00

Hi, I'm 55 and have high cholesterol. I've been on Lipitor, Zocor and Provacol. They have tested me several times in recent years, and the statin drugs are messing up my liver enzymes. My new doctor is planning on putting me on Zetia. Now I'm hearing there are concerns about Zetia. Do you know what they are concerned about?

CDC: 1 in 5 teens has cholesterol problems. Now what?updated: Mon Jan 25 2010 19:54:00

One in five teens in the U.S. -- and more than 40 percent of obese teens -- have abnormal cholesterol, whether it's low HDL (good cholesterol); high LDL (bad cholesterol); or high levels of triglycerides, another type of blood fat, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lower cholesterol may lessen risk of some cancersupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 18:05:00

Most people know that healthy cholesterol levels can help protect your heart. But new research suggests another potential benefit: a lower risk of developing some types of cancer.

10 surprising facts about cholesterolupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 19:44:00

Like most people, you probably think of cholesterol -- if you think of it at all -- and picture fatty foods and heart trouble.

Cholesterol jumps with menopause, study showsupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 15:36:00

Doctors have known for years that a woman's risk of developing heart disease rises after menopause, but they weren't exactly sure why. It wasn't clear whether the increased risk is due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, to aging itself, or to some combination of the two.

FDA considers statin use for those with normal cholesterolupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 11:57:00

Should people who don't have high cholesterol take a cholesterol-lowering statin? Maybe, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is considering an advisory panel's recent recommendation to do just that.

Heart failure may worsen with statins, study saysupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 16:13:00

It's widely known that cholesterol-lowering statins can benefit patients with heart disease, but a new study suggests they may actually harm some people with heart failure.

Study: Cholesterol levels tied to increased risk for dementiaupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 19:52:00

People as young as 40 with borderline or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia, said a Kaiser Permanente study released Tuesday.

Why care about cholesterol?updated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

Who should care about their cholesterol levels? Everyone, especially women. CNN's Melissa Long explains.

Knowing cholesterol numbers could ward off heart diseaseupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

When 48-year-old Erin Peiffer, of Eldersburg, Maryland, learned that she had high cholesterol in her 20s, she never thought it would pose a problem.

Secrets of women with healthy heartsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 15:11:00

You're under 50. You're pretty fit. You can't have a heart attack, right?

Cholesterol-lowering supplements: What works, what doesn'tupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 09:55:00

If you're looking for an all-natural way to lower your cholesterol -- in addition to watching what you eat and exercising -- there are plenty of dietary supplements on the market that claim to do the trick. Each year seems to bring a new alternative remedy -- garlic, ginseng, or red yeast rice, for example -- that users tout as the next best thing to get cholesterol under control.

Study: Cholesterol drugs could help those with healthy levelsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:46:00

Healthy men and women with good cholesterol levels could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, better known as statins, according to a study released at the American Heart Association meetings in November.

More heart patients getting cholesterol levels under controlupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 09:24:00

After years of rising cholesterol levels from fatty diets and pudgy waistlines, there's finally good news, experts say. More people who are trying to lower their cholesterol are actually succeeding in getting their low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol, down to healthy levels.

Supplement may be statin alternative for someupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 07:14:00

A statin can be a lifesaver if you're at risk of heart disease, but some people who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs -- up to 20 percent, by some estimates -- have to stop because of muscle pain, the most common side effect. (Nearly 30 million people filled a statin prescription in 2005, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Statins include popular drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor.)

Fortune: Rx for flu: statins?updated: Mon May 11 2009 12:05:00

As drug companies race to develop new vaccines to combat novel forms of influenza, such as the H1N1 swine flu, some medical experts say help might already be here.

One third of Americans have high triglyceridesupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 14:49:00

What the heck are triglycerides? If you don't know, you have plenty of company.

Cholesterol checkupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 09:22:00

Cholesterol tests aren't just for adults as Judy Fortin reports.

Kids and cholesterol: What to do when the numbers are highupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 09:22:00

Ask third-graders what cholesterol means and they will probably just shrug their shoulders, but not Maddie Zacks.

What should we eat to improve HDL, LDL, triglycerides?updated: Fri Mar 06 2009 09:48:00

What should we include in our diet to increase HDL and lower LDL and triglycerides?

Does coenzyme Q help people taking statins?updated: Wed Feb 04 2009 09:17:00

Is CoQ10 beneficial for people taking statins?

Tell me more about the cholesterol diet you mentioned on TVupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 10:22:00

What is the name of the new diet to lower cholesterol that Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked about on "House Call" on CNN?

Statins not a wonder drug for Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:55:00

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are often hailed as "wonder drugs." But a study published in the January 2008 issue of the journal Neurology says they don't protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.

The cholesterol-inflammation connectionupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 14:25:00

Cholesterol has long been seen as the key culprit in cardiovascular disease. But nearly half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels, which suggests that another factor is at work.

How to lower your cholesterol with better eatingupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 16:43:00

About one in two American adults has borderline or high cholesterol levels, which increase one's risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

Time.com: Statin Study Could Yield Gene Variant Testupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 21:00:00

Scientists may have found a way to test for and possibly avoid the most serious side effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, one of the top-selling medicines in the world

Fast facts on fats: What to eat, what to avoidupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 08:24:00

From curbside snack carts to four-star restaurants, New York City chefs have until next summer to rid their kitchens of trans fat. It's a bold move, but a necessary one, according to city health officials.

Time.com: The Kiddie Cholesterol Debateupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 01:00:00

Should cholesterol drugs be given to children? New guidelines have caused a stir among doctors and parents

Time.com: Merck Ends Cholesterol Drug Studyupdated: Wed May 21 2008 18:00:00

Merck & Co. has halted a study of an experimental drug it had touted as key to energizing its sagging cholesterol franchise, barely three weeks after U.S. regulators refused to allow sales of the drug

What puts you at risk for high cholesterol?updated: Mon May 19 2008 08:57:00

Blood cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary artery disease and heart attack, so reducing your risk of high cholesterol is a worthy goal.

CNNMoney: Merck profit strong, sales weakupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 13:33:00

Merck said Monday its first-quarter earnings jumped due to income from a partnership, but the drugmaker's sales showed just a slight gain.

Half avoid rotavirus vaccineupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 13:33:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the CDC's recommendation that parents vaccinate for rotavirus.

CNNMoney: Schering stock jumps on job cutsupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 12:44:00

Schering-Plough's stock jumped Thursday, after the drugmaker's chief executive announced he would cut 10% of its staff.

CNNMoney: Schering stock jumps on earnings winupdated: Tue Feb 12 2008 12:00:00

Schering-Plough may have lost billions of dollars in the fourth quarter from an acquisition, but its stock jumped Tuesday as the drugmaker's earnings without charges beat expectations.

Fortune: Schering CEO in the hot seatupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 14:00:00

As Schering-Plough unveils full-year financial results for 2007 tomorrow, CEO Fred Hassan is likely to be peppered with questions about how he managed a recently released study of embattled cholesterol drug, Vytorin.

Understanding the cholesterol numbers gameupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 11:45:00

Lets face it: All the information around cholesterol makes it something of a confusing topic. Not only do we make our own cholesterol, but we also must have it to produce other important body assets, such as cell membranes and certain types of hormones.

Fortune: Cholesterol skeptics have their dayupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 16:46:00

Is low cholesterol the pathway to a healthier heart? That's certainly what most medical experts - and their patients - have assumed for the last 30 years or so. But a recently-released study of Merck and Schering-Plough's cholesterol-lowering drug, Vytorin, is giving new voice to medical critics who have groused for decades about the questionable benefit of using medications to lower cholesterol and thereby prevent heart disease.

CNNMoney: Merck's earnings pop, but shares slumpupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 11:45:00

Merck & Co. reported a surge in fourth-quarter operating earnings Wednesday that exceeded analysts' estimates, but shares slumped in early trading.

Marijuana vending machinesupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 16:29:00

A herbal nutrition center will allow patients to get prescription marijuana from a vending machine. Affiliate KCAL reports.

CNNMoney: Big Pharma: back from a rough yearupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 16:29:00

More big drugmakers are on tap this week to report strong 2007 earnings, but that's because 2006 was an easy act to follow.

Can surgery cure diabetes?updated: Fri Jan 25 2008 17:08:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines recent studies that show Type 2 diabetes could vanish after bariatric surgery.

CNNMoney: FDA scrutinizes Vytorinupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 17:08:00

Government regulators said Friday they are analyzing recent study results regarding cholesterol drug Vytorin, but that it's too early to tell whether it will take any regulatory action.

Critical things to know about your cholesterol updated: Wed Jan 23 2008 10:16:00

How's your cholesterol? Here's a guess: If you're healthy, you probably have no idea. New surveys show women tend to be clueless about their risks of heart disease, especially when it comes to managing their cholesterol.

CNNMoney: Schering stock nearly crawls out of its holeupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 17:27:00

Schering-Plough's stock almost crawled out of its hole Wednesday after a two-day lashing sparked by the results of a cholesterol drug trial, but the shares fell just before the market's close.

Cholesterol drug in doubtupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 17:27:00

A study suggests the cholesterol drug Vytorin may not help arteries more than a generic. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Time.com: Is Vytorin a Failure?updated: Tue Jan 15 2008 18:00:00

Surprising study results show that the popular heart drug doesn't live up to its claims -- and three new trials are now under way

Saving money on prescriptionsupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 10:18:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about saving money on prescription drugs with Open House host Gerri Willis.

Talking dietupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 11:00:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the latest developments in diet pills, as well as bad foods that can be good for you.

CNNMoney: Drugmakers' blockbuster hopesupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 11:00:00

The drugmakers Merck and Lilly are the biggest players in Big Pharma's late-stage pipeline, with three possible new blockbusters expected in the coming months.

CNNMoney: Merck to seek OK for 2 new drugsupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 12:36:00

The drugmaker Merck & Co. said Tuesday that it will seek federal approval for two new experimental drugs next year, adding that it's on track to meet its sales targets.

AstraZeneca earning worriesupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 16:58:00

UK drugmaker AstraZeneca suffers a drop in earnings. CNN's Charles Hodson speaks with CEO David Brennan.

CNNMoney: Dangerous Pfizer drug effective: researcherupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 16:58:00

A researcher unveiled on Monday the results of a failed Pfizer Inc. study showing that an experimental but dangerous cholesterol drug offers medical benefits too significant to be ignored.

CNNMoney: Abbott lifts curtain on cholesterol-cutterupdated: Sun Nov 04 2007 09:00:00

Abbott Laboratories unveiled significant test results Sunday for an experimental cholesterol treatment that could go on sale as soon as next year.

Twins share one heartupdated: Sun Nov 04 2007 09:00:00

Conjoined twins were born to a Rhode Island woman this week. WJAR's Michelle Brown reports.

Diabetes and heart disease: A fatal linkupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 15:54:00

Diabetes is the fifth-leading killer of Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association. A sobering two out of three people with type I or type II diabetes will die from a heart attack or stroke -- the combined leading causes of death among diabetics.

Time.com: Heart Drugs May Help Lungs Tooupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 14:00:00

Cholesterol-lowering statins may help stave off lung deterioration in the elderly, and even in patients with emphysema and COPD

Stop snoring!updated: Tue Oct 02 2007 14:12:00

England's government is set to pay for pressurized air masks that combat sleep apnea. CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

CNNMoney: Schering pushing hard to diversifyupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 14:12:00

Drugmaker Schering-Plough is a favorite of analysts and investors these days. It's no wonder: The company's flagship product, the cholesterol-fighting Vytorin, is breaking sales records and faces relatively little risk from cheaper generic versions from rivals.

CNNMoney: Lipitor safer than Zocor - Pfizer studyupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 00:10:00

Patients who switched from the cholesterol-cutting drug Lipitor to the competitor simvastatin increased their risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes, according to a study that Pfizer unveiled on Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Lipitor beats Zocor, says Pfizerupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 21:45:00

Patients who switched from the cholesterol-cutting drug Lipitor to the competitor simvastatin increased their risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes, according to a study that Pfizer unveiled on Wednesday.

Time.com: A Heart Drug May Hold Off Alzheimer's updated: Mon Aug 27 2007 18:00:00

A new study suggests that popular cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor may help not just the heart, but the brain as well

CNNMoney: Pfizer loses latest round in Lipitor fightupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 23:42:00

Pfizer lost the latest round in a patent battle over the declining blockbuster Lipitor that could be worth $6 billion to the pharma giant.

Heart-healthy foods keep your ticker in top shapeupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 04:09:00

Creating custom food plans for patients isn't the hard part of Bethany Thayer's job. For the Michigan-based registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, one of the most difficult aspects of her work is helping patients interpret the often-contradictory health news they hear each day.

CNNMoney: Schering-Plough profits riseupdated: Sun Jul 22 2007 21:50:00

Schering-Plough Corp. said Monday that second-quarter earnings rose sharply, fueled by growing demand for its Zetia and Vytorin cholesterol drugs and treatments for arthritis and allergies.

CNNMoney: Pfizer profit falls as Lipitor sales declineupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 08:10:00

Pfizer Inc. on Wednesday reported lower-than-expected quarterly earnings on competition with generics, and said global sales of cholesterol fighter Lipitor fell 13 percent amid slipping demand for the company's flagship product.

CNNMoney: Kicking sand in Pfizer's faceupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 01:11:00

Pfizer is not in the best of shape. The beating its stock took on Wednesday shows it. The question is, should the drug maker diet or bulk up?

CNNMoney: Diabetic nerve damage breakthrough seenupdated: Sat Jun 23 2007 00:05:00

Cholesterol-lowering statins - which include the world's top-selling drug, Lipitor - and other drugs called fibrates can lower the risk of developing a common form of nerve damage in diabetics that often results in amputations, according to study results unveiled Friday.

CNNMoney: Pity the poor pharmaceutical sales repupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 15:33:00

It's hard out there for drug sales reps--particularly if they work in places where gaining access to doctors is becoming increasingly difficult.

CNNMoney: Lilly cholesterol trial misses the markupdated: Sun Mar 25 2007 16:39:00

An extremely potent experimental cholesterol drug being developed by Eli Lilly and Co. failed to show an advantage over an existing treatment sold by Abbott Laboratories Inc. in a clinical trial that could determine the fate of the medicine.

CNNMoney: Big Pharma teaches old drugs new tricksupdated: Wed Mar 21 2007 12:02:00

As Big Pharma faces patent expirations on some of its most lucrative drugs, the industry is trying to reinvigorate sales by finding creative ways to land new patents - but on the same old drugs.

CNNMoney: Tough day for heart drugsupdated: Mon Mar 19 2007 11:05:00

An experimental drug from AtheroGenics and its partner AstraZeneca failed a late-stage clinical trial and is not considered an effective treatment in reducing heart disease, the companies said.

CNNMoney: Pfizer: Once and future (?) kingupdated: Thu Mar 08 2007 11:15:00

There's nothing unusual about a Big Pharma company with outgoing blockbusters and a weak pipeline. Virtually every major drugmaker in America is struggling with this issue.

CNNMoney: Novartis poised to lead pharma packupdated: Wed Jan 03 2007 08:57:00

Novartis could be the hottest drug giant in 2007, analysts say, with Schering-Plough and Eli Lilly & Co. not far behind.

CNNMoney: Big Pharma's drug wish list for 2007updated: Thu Dec 21 2006 09:48:00

After a rough couple of years dealing with patent expirations and the often frustrating hunt for new products, drug industry executives would love nothing better than an oracle to predict what products in their labs will become the big blockbuster drugs over the next few years.

CNNMoney: Shaking out Pfizer's pipelineupdated: Mon Nov 20 2006 13:57:00

You'd think 12,000 scientists could fill a drug pipeline. And they probably can. But can they fill it to Wall Street's satisfaction?

CNNMoney: Isis hopes it has a cholesterol killerupdated: Sun Nov 12 2006 18:36:00

The California-based biotech Isis Pharmaceuticals could have an effective cholesterol-cutting blockbuster in the works, though it's still early to know for sure.

CNNMoney: Merck sets sights on new arthritis blockbusterupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 09:21:00

Merck is experimenting with a new arthritis painkiller that could replace Vioxx, the former billion-dollar blockbuster that has proven to be a liability for the company.

Money Magazine: 50 Ways to Cut Your Health-Care Costsupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 00:01:00

Even if you're in perfect health now, just thinking about the cost of medical care is bound to make you feel a little ill. With the price of everything from hospital visits to prescription drugs up...

Heart disease still the most likely reason you'll dieupdated: Mon Oct 30 2006 13:00:00

It may be America's No. 1 killer, but people aren't scared enough of heart disease, says a top U.S. research cardiologist.

CNNMoney: Teva dominates with three generic blockbustersupdated: Thu Aug 10 2006 13:03:00

This is a good year for Teva Pharmaceuticals. The world's biggest maker of generic drugs is launching nonbranded versions of three major blockbusters: Zocor, Zoloft and Pravachol.

CNNMoney: Schering-Plough's cholesterol problemupdated: Tue Aug 08 2006 09:46:00

Drugmaker Schering-Plough may have wowed investors with strong second-quarter earnings - but the company has a cholesterol problem.

FSB: The doctor will see you nowupdated: Fri Jul 28 2006 15:34:00

A bowl of broth - that was lunch the day I arrived in Richmond. For dinner, two bottles of lemon-flavored Fleet Phospho-soda and four bisacodyl tablets. You see where this is heading?

CNNMoney: Pfizer: Playing the Lipitor liftupdated: Thu Jul 20 2006 11:21:00

Pfizer's old reliable - the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor - could very well be the hero of the second quarter.

CNNMoney: Pfizer needs more drugsupdated: Mon Jul 17 2006 13:58:00

The world's biggest drugmaker is launching a potential blockbuster today, but it's going to take more than that for the company to pull out of its rut.

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