Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Statins may help smokers' lungs, study finds

Article on cnn.com --  Statins may help smokers' lungs, study finds, from Reuters:

    Statin drugs, which have become the world's No. 1 selling drugs by cutting cholesterol and
    the risk of heart attacks and stroke, may also slow the lung damage done by smoking, U.S.         
    researchers said Monday.

    Current and former smokers who used statins lost less of their lung function than those who
    did not, researchers told a meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians.

    "Until now, no medication has shown to slow smoking-induced lung damage," said Dr. Walid
    Younis of the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, who led the study.



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