Medicine: Fats & Arteries

Every time medical researchers announce a new theory about the causes of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries by fatty deposits) and the resulting susceptibility to heart attacks and strokes, anxious laymen rush to their doctors to ask, "What should I do?" Last week, in its journal Circulation (circ. 8,000), the American Heart Association took note of the situation with a 16-page report by its nutrition committee.

"People want to know whether they are eating themselves into premature heart disease!" said the report. "On the one hand, some scientists have taken uncompromising stands based on evidence that does not stand up under critical...

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