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New clues in mice link cholesterol to fertility

June 12, 2015 By Julia Evangelou Strait D. ORY PHOTO Cholesterol is a building block of steroid hormones, which trigger puberty and support pregnancy. New research implicates a regulator of cholesterol in cells’ ability to make these hormones, a finding that may help scientists investigate the causes of infertility and early onset puberty. Above, green staining

Cholesterol buildup links atherosclerosis and macular degeneration

April 2, 2013 - By Jim Dryden A new study raises the intriguing possibility that drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol may be effective against macular degeneration, a blinding eye disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 50, shares a