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Cholesterol

18 November 2010

New cholesterol drug anacetrapib offers hope

An experimental drug boosted good cholesterol so high and dropped bad cholesterol so low in a study that doctors were stunned.

An experimental drug boosted good cholesterol so high and dropped bad cholesterol so low in a study that doctors were stunned and voiced renewed hopes for an entirely new way of preventing heart attacks and strokes.

The sheer magnitude of the new medicine's effects so far excited lots of doctors at an American Heart Association conference in Chicago, where the results were presented.

  • LDL scores fell from 81 to 45 in those on anacetrapib, and from 82 to 77 in those given dummy pills.
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  • HDL rose from 41 to a whopping 101 in the drug group, and from 40 to 46 in those on dummy pills.

 

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