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Injectable Drug May Help Lower Cholesterol

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Could a better cholesterol drug be on its way?

In a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an injectable drug is showing promise, lowering cholesterol levels by 63 to 75% more than statins alone.

Study author Doctor Jennifer Robinson of the University of Iowa says adding to statins can do even more to help people lower their cholesterol.

"We'd like to enhance what statins do because we already know that statins by themselves prevent heart attacks, strokes and deaths, so we want to just hopefully do more by getting HDL lower," Robinson said.

"We want people to keep taking their statins and we'd like to do even more to reduce heart attack and stroke risk," she added.

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