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    Is Niacin a Dangerous Cholesterol Treatment?

    If you’ve watched or read the news recently, you may have heard something about niacin. Niacin is an essential vitamin, a B-vitamin, that is needed for a large number of metabolic processes in the body. Niacin in high doses, however, also has a long history of use as a treatment for lipid abnormalities that may put one at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. The recent media reports have come from a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The purpose of this study, which is called HPS2-THRIVE, was to see if the addition of niacin to patients already being treated with a statin improved HDL cholesterol levels and…