Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

    Updated: June 21, 2017 at 6:39 am EST  See Comments

    BBC — Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice.

    Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers.
    The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits from clogging the arteries.

    It would offer patients an alternative to taking daily pills to cut their risk of stroke, angina and heart attacks.

    Booster jab

    It will take years more of testing to know if the treatment will be safe and effective enough for human use, Dr Guenther Staffler and colleagues from The Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research say in the European Heart Journal.

    Even if it does become available, in six years’ time, it should not be seen as an excuse for people to avoid exercise and eat lots of high-fat food, they add.

    The jab helps the body’s immune system to attack a protein, called PCSK9, that would otherwise allow “bad” low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to build up in the bloodstream.

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