Medicine: Fats in the Blood

The American Medical Association made it official last week. Yes, said its Council on Foods and Nutrition, it is a good idea to reduce the levels of cholesterol and other fats in the blood of patients suspected of having the sort of hardening of the arteries that is associated with heart attacks.

The A.M.A. experts had waited for years to commit themselves. As a result, the council was able to make a point that has only recently become clear to researchers: merely cutting down the amount of fat in the diet is not the way to lower...

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