Narrator: This is Science Today. Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have been found to have a protective effect on osteoporosis-related fractures. Dr. Douglas Bauer of the University of California, San Francisco, led an extensive study on statins and says these findings may lead to new therapies. But first, more research is necessary - especially since it seems osteoporosis may not be the only disease that statins have a beneficial effect on.
Bauer: In one of the studies that we found, there was over a seventy percent reduction in breast cancer in women that were taking statins compared to those that weren't. But this wasn't specifically designed to look at the relationship between statins and breast cancer - and these type of studies need to be confirmed in larger studies that are specifically designed to answer that question.
Narrator: It's an intriguing question that holds many possibilities.
Bauer: I think the potential here would be that one medication could be used for a variety of different chronic, very common conditions. Which might potentially lower the cost of treatments and certainly lower the number of side effects that people have to take if they're only taking one pill instead of multiple pills.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.