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Statin Therapy Reduces Disease in Healthy Volunteers--But How, Exactly?

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Science  14 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5904, pp. 1039
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5904.1039

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Some experts are calling the 17,800-person JUPITER trial a huge success in preventing cardiovascular disease and proving the value of c-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation, as a risk marker for heart disease. The trial comes with a host of caveats, however, muddying the picture of inflammation�s role in cardiovascular disease.