Researchers develop a promising drug, demonstrate effective treatment for a rare hereditary muscle disease

Statins are the most commonly used medication in lowering blood cholesterol, prescribed to tens of millions in the Western world. Statins act through inhibition of the enzyme HMG CoA reductase. Nearly 20% of statin users develop muscle symptoms (“statin myopathy”) including weakness and pain. In about 1%, this myopathy is severe and does not subside months after cessation of statin treatment.

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