Cholesterol-Lowering Vaccine Is Being Tested on Human Volunteers

A team of researchers from the Medical University of Vienna is in the process of testing the safety of their experimental cholesterol-lowering vaccine in 72 volunteers. This vaccine, successfully tested in mice, can help prevent heart disease in the future.cholesterol-lowering vaccine

The treatment was designed to stop deposits of fat from clogging the arteries. It can be an alternative way to lower the risk of stroke, angina, and heart attacks.

Dr. Guenther Staffler and his colleagues from The Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research explain that it will take years more of testing to know if the treatment will be safe and effective enough to use. The scientists also add that this medication is not an excuse for people to avoid exercise and eat high-fat food.

Moderate Drinking May Slow Good Cholesterol’s Decline

A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China finds that moderate drinking may slow the decline of ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.moderate drinking

For their study, the scientists analyzed the data of 80,081 Chinese men and women whose average age was 49 years. The participants were divided into five groups: never, past, light, moderate, and heavy drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined as 0.5-1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks a day for men.

The researchers found that moderate drinkers had a slower decline in HDL than never-drinkers and heavy-drinkers. They also found that HDL levels fell more slowly in people drinking beer.

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