Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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.