MERCURY I

Measuring Effective Reductions in Cholesterol Using Rosuvastatin Therapy. A study assessing the effect of switching to low-dose rosuvastatin from atorvastatin, simvastatin and pravastatin on LDL cholesterol in patients requiring lipid-lowering therapy
Conclusion More patients who switched from other agents to rosuvastatin achieved their LDL-cholesterol goal. Rosuvastatin reduced LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raised HDL cholesterol more than the other agents. All statins were well tolerated
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Be aware that mercury is a persistent, toxic contaminant that works its way up the food chain.
Mercury is a known hazardous pollutant and toxin, yet typical "silver" amalgam dental fillings are about half mercury (see "Got Mercury," cover story, May/June 2002).
Though some mercury is removed by cleaning the coal before burning, and more is recaptured in the stack, the EPA estimates that coal-fired power plants release 40 to 52 tons of mercury each year.
For most healthy adults, methyl mercury is not a serious concern.
However, this form of mercury is different from the methylmercury found in fish and may have a different effect on the risk of heart disease.
Even when mercury is accidentally released into the bloodstream by breakage of a rectal thermometer, for example, there are no reported adverse effects.
Demethylation of methylmercury into inorganic mercury is the key step in the excretion process of methylmercury.
Intense interest in mercury is evident from the recommendations adopted by the European Union Mercury Strategy in June 2005 (European Union 2005); also, a Global Mercury Assessment was approved by the Governing Council of the United Nations Environmental Program in early 2002.
If the main source of the halogens reacting with elemental mercury is sea spray, Stevens says, this mechanism might increase concentrations of the metal in the water of warm coastal areas, such as Florida.
(Mercury is not dissolved, as stated in the article.) Unfortunately, not understanding this basic fact, your reporter taints an otherwise fairly well-reasoned report.
I grant that mercury is a hazard, and I am glad that mercury thermometers are disappearing.