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Statins can help and hurt the elderly
San Diego Union-Tribune

UC San Francisco says in a new study that the use of statins could significantly reduce the incidence of heart attacks in older people. But the drugs, which are mainly used to reduce cholesterol levels, also could cause many elderly to experience muscle pain, weakness and possibly a dip in cognitive skills.

The finding was based on a computer simulation that’s meant to broaden science’s weak understanding of how statins affect the elderly. About half of all older people take statins.

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