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Lipitor is widely prescribed for cholesterol, but incorrect negative reports have seen its use decline slightly in Australia. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Weekly Dose: Lipitor, the highest-selling drug of all time

Lipitor was approved by the government in 1997, and while under patent protection it was the highest-selling drug of all time with worldwide sales of more than US$12 billion a year.
Trans fats increase the shelf life of bakery goods and fast foods. skepticalview/Flickr

Health Check: the low-down on trans fats

When you buy commercially baked goods such as pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, there's a good likelihood they'll contain one of the nastier types of fatty acids: trans fats.
A diet high in particular saturated fatty acids can increase your body’s cholesterol production. Penn State/Flickr

Health Check: are saturated fats good or bad?

Dietary guidelines cite the fact that saturated fats can increase LDL cholesterol, which is also known as bad cholesterol because it’s a major risk factor for heart disease. Others claim saturated fats…
The long-term decline in butter sales has reversed in recent years despite the continued promotion of margarine as a healthy spread. penguincakes/Flickr

What the margarine vs butter argument says about nutrition

Margarine has been the chameleon of manufactured food products, able to transform its nutritional appearance, adapt to changing nutritional fads, and charm unwitting nutrition experts and nutrition-conscious…
Choose a spread that has the lowest amount of saturated fat and trans fat per 100 grams. www.rowenawaack.com

Health Check: what’s healthier, butter or margarine?

Butter gets points for taste; margarine for being easy to spread. But the healthiest option is not strictly called butter or margarine – it’s a “spread”. To improve the health of your heart, choose a spread…
What should we make of the claims about saturated fats and cholesterol-lowering drugs? Image from shutterstock.com

Viewing Catalyst’s cholesterol programs through the sceptometer

On the past two Thursdays, the ABC’s Catalyst program set off a chain reaction of protest from sections of the medical community, aghast that the non-medical media would question the accepted wisdom that…
Statins have improved the quality of life for many people who would have otherwise suffered debilitating cardiovascular disease. Mykl Roventine

Some things you should know about statins and heart disease

Cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) causes the most deaths in Western countries overall and the vast majority of premature deaths. Drugs known as statins have been the cornerstone of how we…

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