People over the age of 85 with high levels of cholesterol have a reduced risk of marked cognitive decline, according to a new study. Does this mean that having high cholesterol in old age can prevent the onset of dementia? Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver which is also found in many… Read more

Drinking alcohol may induce changes to a cholesterol-regulating gene, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the National Institutes of Health report. The findings, from an analysis of the epigenomes of people and mice, suggest that these changes to the gene, known as PCSK9, may explain at least some of the differences in how cholesterol is… Read more

Adding almonds to your diet may boost levels of HDL cholesterol, so-called “good cholesterol,” while also helping your body to remove cholesterol, a small study suggests. In the study, Penn State researchers compared the levels and function of high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) in people who ate almonds every day to the HDL levels and function… Read more

Mutations in a gene called ANGPTL3 are associated with lower levels of coronary artery disease, according to new research. Certain genetic variants can put some people at higher risk of serious conditions, such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or high blood pressure. In rare cases, however, gene mutations also can have the opposite effect, protecting… Read more

A new way of visualizing the distribution of cholesterol in cells and tissues has been developed by researchers from UCLA and the University of Western Australia. Their research brings insights into the movement of cholesterol into and out of cells and could eventually establish mechanisms linking cholesterol to coronary artery disease. The high-resolution imaging mass… Read more