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Cholesterol lowering agents, statins, have been shown to have beneficial effects not only on heart disease, but also rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, allergies, and asthma. Asthma attacks can be induced by allergies due to hypersensitized immune cells called T cells. Statins target the T cells, downplaying their reactivity to allergens thereby reducing the number of attacks.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Scotsman
About: Statins to be trialed as asthma drug
Date: 23 August 2005
Source: The Scotsman
Author: Craig Brown
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