Cholesterol confusion

175,000 patients from 27 separate trials suggests that even healthy people could lower their risk of heart disease by taking regular statin drugs to lower the levels of "bad" LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. The second paper reveals that raising levels of "good" HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol does not necessarily reduce the risk of heart disease. This latter finding runs counter to the pharmaceutical industry's motivation for find drugs to raise HDL cholesterol.