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Statins Linked to Lower Risk of Infection

ose that statins may work like penicillin, since the first statin was originally derived from a fungus which, it is theorized, secretes a statin as a way to starve other competing microorganisms that require cholesterol to survive.

The study included patients from 81 dialysis clinics across 19 states. Only those enrollees who were admitted to the hospital with sepsis were counted, in order to rule out any subjects who became septic during an unrelated hospital stay.

Only 14 percent of those initially enrolled in the study were on statins. Out of the 1,041 patients, there were a total of 303 hospitalizations for sepsis.

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