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Paradigm Shifts in Medicine

PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 1:42 am
by Alex
We don't often get to see this. It takes a long time for entrenched "knowledge" to be found to be false or different than what was known. ... .html?_r=1

Researchers not associated with the study, published online Wednesday in The Lancet, found the results compelling and disturbing. Companies are actively developing and testing drugs that raise HDL, although three recent studies of such treatments have failed. And patients with low HDL levels are often told to try to raise them by exercising or dieting or even by taking niacin, which raised HDL but failed to lower heart disease risk in a recent clinical trial.

“I’d say the HDL hypothesis is on the ropes right now,” said Dr. James A. de Lemos, a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, who was not involved in the study.