The UK's Press Association (3/9) reports that "cutting cholesterol could help the body's immune system fight viral infections," according to a study published in the journal PLoS Biology. Investigators "found that when the body succumbs to a viral infection a hormone in the immune system sends signals to blood cells, causing cholesterol levels to be lowered." The "researchers said the findings could lead to new ways of treating viral infections, targeting the cholesterol metabolism." The UK's Telegraph (3/9, Adams) and Reuters (3/9, Kelland) also cover the story.
Posted by Steven Almany M.D.