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Nobel laureate describes decades-long pursuit of cholesterol regulation

May. 2, 2013—Cholesterol is a tricky molecule to keep in balance. It’s a building block for the cell membrane and is required for cell growth and survival. But too much cholesterol forms solid crystals that are toxic and deadly. In last week’s 2013 Earl W. Sutherland lecture, Nobel laureate Michael Brown, M.D., described his four-decade quest to...

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HDL cholesterol impaired in kidney disease

Jan. 21, 2013—HDL cholesterol is impaired in patients with chronic kidney disease – and may increase their cardiovascular disease risk.

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Genes, nutrients interact to shape traits

Dec. 12, 2012—A new study identifies interactions between genes and nutrients that may participate in determining levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Don’t miss the Love Your Heart Expo Wednesday

Sep. 7, 2012—September is National Cholesterol Education Month and Health Plus is encouraging faculty and staff to get cholesterol checks if recommended, and to take steps to lower cholesterol if it is high. It is also a good time to learn about lifestyle choices that can make a difference. Love Your Heart Expo is a lunchtime event...

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Gene’s impact on ‘good’ cholesterol could affect heart disease risk

Jul. 12, 2012—A genetic variant may help keep an individual’s “good” cholesterol in check.

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Neuronal clues to cholesterol-defect disorder

Apr. 20, 2012—Antioxidants may be a beneficial treatment for an inherited genetic disorder.

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Obesity turns “good” cholesterol bad

Mar. 21, 2012—Studies offer new insights into how obesity impairs the function of HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

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Move out, cholesterol

Dec. 8, 2011—Compounds developed at Vanderbilt could offer a whole new way to treat atherosclerosis.

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Vanderbilt doctors to screen patients taking statins for genetic risk factors

Oct. 28, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors announced today they will begin screening patients who take commonly prescribed statin drugs for a rare genetic variation that can increase risks for side effects from these drugs such as muscle aches, kidney damage and even death.

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