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Not Knowing How Cholesterol Works

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By considering molecular-level events on a broader scale, researchers now have a clearer, if more complicated, picture of how one class of immune cells goes wrong when loaded with cholesterol. The findings reported in the February 3rd issue of Cell Metabolism, show that, when it comes to the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease, it’s not about any one bad actor — it’s about a network gone awry.

The new findings also highlight a pretty remarkable thing, Heinecke says: “Despite 30 years of study, we still don’t know how cholesterol causes heart disease.” But, with the new findings, scientists are getting closer.

Science Daily, February 7, 2010

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Written by heartcurrents

February 8, 2010 at 4:30 am

Posted in heart conditions

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