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Statins 'protect against pneumonia'

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Statins may cut the chances of dying from serious respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, suggests US research.

Statins may cut the chances of dying from serious respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, suggests US research.

The findings are based on an analysis of the medical records of 76,000 people. Those who had taken the cholesterol lowering drugs for at least 90 days were significantly less likely to die of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, flu and pneumonia, the research showed.

It is not known if statins could reduce the risk of death from bird flu, but the statins may buy additional time, suggest the researchers.

Chest April 2007

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