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Statins could reduce the severity of pre-eclampsia

21st April 2011

A study at Edinburgh University has suggested that pregnant women at risk of a potentially fatal condition could be treated using the common heart disease drugs statins.

Statins are taken by millions of older Britons to reduce their cholesterol levels, but it has been claimed that can help reduce the severity of pre-eclampsia. The world’s first full clinical trial, if successful, could provide the first simple and effective treatment of a complication that affects 70,000 pregnancies a year in Britain, killing up to 10 women and 1,000 unborn babies.

 

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