Cholesterol Selfie: Cornell Develops App That Could Save Lives

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At that point, the app kicks in and examines the colorimetric scale of the sample. App users will then get a report on their overall cholesterol levels. Cholesterol tests are normally performed at the doctors office or in the hospital because it is such a nuanced science. Cholesterol alone can not tell a person whether or not their health is where it needs to be. When you come in for a visit, I want to screen you not just for cholesterol but for sugar, vitamins, this and that, Sri Krishna Madan Mohan, a cardiologist at the University Hospital Case Medical Center in Ohio says . It would be useful if this device were able to track four of these things at once. Erickson and his team are also still working out the kinks of the app. The intent is to be able to distinguish between good and bad cholesterol.
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UK is the statins capital of Europe: With 1 in 8 now taking cholesterol-busting drugs, are they being used as a replacement for healthier living?

Top of the poppers: The UK is second only to Australia for the proportion of its citizens taking statin drugs

The UK has quite high levels of obesity and is above average on alcohol consumption, she said. But unlike in France, where doctors simply dont ask about this type of thing, people with risk factors are detected earlier. The question is though whether these people are given advice about improving their lifestyle, or are they put quickly on to statins? Doctors used to prescribe statins only to those with a 30 per cent risk of a heart attack in the next ten years, but this was lowered to those with a 20 per cent risk in 2005. Medical regulators are considering whether to go further and follow American guidance which suggests the drugs should be given if the risk is just 7.5 per cent. The drugs, pictured left, divide opinion.
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When Will Modern Medicine Give Up Its Cholesterol Cash-Cow?

They discovered that, when processing cholesterol, the body produces a byproduct molecule called 27HC. The molecule behaves like estrogen, which, previous research has shown, fuels tumor growth in about 75 percent of breast cancer cases. Duke scientists were able to significantly slow tumor growth in mice by treating them with cholesterol-lowering statins or other medications that prevented 27HC from forming. They substantiated their findings by looking at human breast cancer cells and found patients who had the highest levels of enzyme that makes 27HC also had the most aggressive tumors. The research “suggests you can reduce your risk (of getting breast cancer) by lowering cholesterol, either by pharmacological means, like statins, or through dietary modifications,” the study’s senior author, Dr.
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Lowering cholesterol may help fight breast cancer

Calcium and sudden mortal heart attacks The cause of sudden mortal heart attacks is attributed to the development of an unstable calcium cap on top of arterial plaque . Lipoprotein(a) has been identified as the causal factor in this form of unstable plaque as well as in calcified arteries in general . Statin drugs raise lipoprotein(a) levels as does iron, largely consumed from red meat. The documented antidote for this deadly form of arterial plaque is vitamin C . To learn more about unstable arterial plaque and sudden mortal heart attacks, read my report Something Huge Is Going On In The Cholesterol World . Time passes, nothing changes I first wrote that coronary artery disease was caused by calcium and not cholesterol in 2007 . Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs has risen over that time. Where is the doctor who will pen his 95 theses to the door of Johns Hopkins University, considered the nations leading health institution, in protest against this egregious plundering of insurance pools and betrayal of the publics trust? That doctor may be cardiologist Dr. Tom Levy who has just published a new book entitled Death By Calcium (MedFox Publishing, 429 pages, 2013). The Best of Bill Sardi Tags: Bill Sardi [ send him mail ] is a frequent writer on health and political topics. His health writings can be found at .
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