Health: Statins: Pro and Con

Statin drugs have helped millions of heart patients lower their cholesterol level--and may have helped in other ways as well. A study last week showed that long-term statin use may lower the risk of glaucoma; another suggested that the drugs may offer relief from rheumatoid arthritis. That's the good news. The bad news is that statins don't work as well for everyone. A big study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the statin Pravachol was up to 22% less effective in patients with two common variations in one of 10 genes involved in cholesterol metabolism. In the...

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