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Fake news about statins is discouraging the use of these life-saving drugs, expert warns

Fake news about statins is discouraging the use of these life-saving drugs, expert warns

Denial is not just for climate-change anymore. In a political environment in which charges of puffery, deception and fake news abound, a new controversy has been joined, and it returns to grounds that have long proved fertile for conspiracy theories: medicine.

The newest charge of “fake news” has been lodged against those who would argue that statin medications cause more harm than good, and that fad diets, natural remedies and wishful thinking will protect you better from heart disease than these ubiquitous prescription drugs.

They are everywhere on the Internet, says Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen. Type the term “statin risks” into a search engine, and...

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