Home > Medical > Cholesterol > News News All sections in Cholesterol » Blood Lipids » Cholesterol Explained » Fats in your Diet » Cholesterol News » Cholesterol Treatment More Americans to be taking statins New guidelines introduced by leading heart experts could greatly expand the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statins. Experimental cholesterol-lowering drug shows promise An experimental drug that lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol by helping to sweep it from the bloodstream appears to be both safe and effective in its first human trial. Statins reduce gum inflammation The statin medications you take for your heart may have an unexpected side benefit: they help reduce inflammation of the gums. Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Could you have high cholesterol? » Quiz Is your diet heart-healthy? » Ask Cardiologist » 10 salty food culprits 10 foods with hidden fat Statins do not reduce brainpower A new review of existing research finds no evidence that statins pose a risk to brainpower. Statin benefits outweigh harms Statins have few serious side effects, although they do slightly raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a review. Statins and antibiotics may be toxic Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, researchers say. Cholesterol drugs linked to muscle, joint problems Cholesterol drugs have been linked to some muscle and joint problems, but heart benefits of statins outweigh risks, expert says. High cholesterol worse for men Middle-aged men with high cholesterol levels are at greater risk for a first heart attack than similar women, Norwegian researchers report. Stronger statins don't up kidney injury risk Preliminary studies indicate that higher doses of cholesterol-fighting drugs did not increase the risk of kidney injury among heart attack survivors. Statins linked to muscle pain, sprains Cholesterol-lowering drugs could be tied to more muscle problems than researchers previously believed, a new study hints. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.