Another Side to Statins

Another Side to Statins

Heart-healthy drugs show promise against inflammation, cancer and the flu

By Nathan Seppa, 11:13 AM April 19, 2012

It’s been quite a ride for statins. Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and their relatives are fast becoming household names. These cholesterol-lowering drugs have delivered a body blow to heart disease and stroke, two of the top four killers in Western society.

All success comes with a price: Some scientists express concerns over the widespread use and possible overprescription of statins. Still, there’s no denying the evidence that they have cardiovascular benefits in many people. The drugs’ track ...

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