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How can you access the latest research on statins?

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For the latest research on statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, you can visit ClinicalTrials.gov, the PubMed Central website, or the Food & Drug Administration website. ClinicalTrials.gov provides information on all human research studies conducted in the United States, including research results, notes its About page.

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ClinicalTrials.gov is a website hosted by the National Institute of Health. It lists all currently running biomedical research studies on drugs that use human subjects. It also lists brief overviews of published human research results. Statins are medications intended for human use, according to the FDA. Because of this, any statin research conducted on humans is required by law to be registered in the ClinicalTrials.gov database. Users can find the latest information on statin research by using the website's built-in search engine.

Another website that contains extensive information on statin research is PubMed Central. PubMed Central hosts the full text of millions of biomedical research papers. Unlike ClinicalTrials.gov, this includes research that is conducted on animals or otherwise not involving human subjects. You can find the latest statin research on PubMed Central by using the site's search engine.

Finally, the FDA often updates its website with information on the latest research. For example, the FDA webpage entitled "Consumer Updates > Controlling Cholesterol with Statins" contains easily digestible information on statins, written with the ordinary lay person in mind.

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