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Findings from New York University School of Medicine in the Area of Coronary Heart Disease Reported


By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Disease Risk Factor Week -- Current study results on Heart Diseases and Conditions have been published. According to news reporting originating in New York City, New York, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid), a molecule obtained from diet, is involved in bile acid conjugation, blood pressure regulation, anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation. We performed the first prospective study of taurine and CHD risk."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the New York University School of Medicine, "We conducted a case-control study nested in the New York University Women's Health Study to evaluate the association between circulating taurine levels and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Taurine was measured in two yearly pre-diagnostic serum samples of 223 CHD cases and 223 matched controls and averaged for a more reliable measurement of long-term taurine levels. Mean serum taurine was positively related to age and dietary intake of poultry, niacin, vitamin B1, fiber and iron, and negatively related to dietary intake of saturated fat (all p values ? 0.05). There was no statistically significant association between serum taurine levels and the risk of CHD in the overall study population. The adjusted ORs for CHD in increasing taurine tertiles were 1.0 (reference), 0.85 (95% CI, 0.51-1.40) and 0.66 (0.39-1.13; p for trend=0.14). There was a significant inverse association between serum taurine and CHD risk among women with high total serum cholesterol (>250 mg/dL) (adjusted OR=0.39 (0.19-0.83) for the third versus first tertile; p for trend=0.02) but not among those with low total serum cholesterol (p for interaction=0.01). The data suggest a possible inverse association of serum taurine with diabetes and hypertension risk."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The findings suggest that high levels of taurine may be protective against CHD among individuals with high serum cholesterol levels."

For more information on this research see: Serum taurine and risk of coronary heart disease: a prospective, nested case-control study. European Journal of Nutrition, 2013;52(1):169-78. (Springer -; European Journal of Nutrition -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting O.P. Wojcik, Dept. of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, 650 First Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016-3240, United States. Additional authors for this research include K.L. Koenig, A. Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, C. Pearte, M. Costa and Y. Chen (see also Heart Diseases and Conditions).

Keywords for this news article include: Cardiology, Cholesterol, New York City, United States, Coronary Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Diseases, North and Central America, Clinical Trials and Studies, Heart Diseases and Conditions.

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