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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cholesterol and child mortality

A nice piece from Marshall Deutsch who spotted the actual direction of the relationship between serum cholesterol levels and rates of child mortality with the help of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Any guesses?

Mortality rates were inversely related to the cholesterol levels listed by the NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program) which was promoting a campaign to lower cholesterol levels in US children.

Of course, this does not imply that low cholesterol is killing children, but it does imply that high cholesterol isn't.


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