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Unnecessary repeat cholesterol tests common: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One-third of people with heart disease have their cholesterol levels checked more often than guidelines recommend, a new study of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients suggests. Full story

Statins linked to muscle pain, sprains

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cholesterol-lowering drugs could be tied to more muscle problems than researchers previously believed, a new study hints. Full story

Stain side effects can often be overcome: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most people who stop taking cholesterol-lowering statins - because of side effects or for another reason - are able to restart the same drug or a similar one without lasting problems, a new study suggests. Full story

Statins tied to lowered liver cancer risk with hepatitis C

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People infected with chronic hepatitis C are less likely to develop liver cancer if they are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, new research from Taiwan suggests. Full story

Statins often prescribed without good evidence

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many doctors prescribe statins to people who have little chance of benefiting from the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study suggests. Full story

Niacin-statin combo tied to skin, muscle side effects

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One-quarter of people taking niacin and statins as part of a four-year-long heart study dropped out early, often for medical reasons tied to niacin's side effects, a new study suggests. Full story

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  Statins may reduce cancer death

According to a Danish study, people with cancer who take statins have a 15 percent lower risk of dying from cancer. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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