Medicine: Cutting the Cholesterol

Though medical researchers are still not sure how fats in the diet affect artery disease and the risk of heart attacks, practicing physicians are not waiting for final answers. More and more doctors believe that it is wise anyway to reduce the amount of fats and related substances, notably cholesterol, in their patients' bloodstreams. Last week Cincinnati's. William S. Merrell Co. announced that it is start ing general distribution of a cholesterol-cutting chemical just approved (for prescription sale only) by the Food and Drug Administration. The chemical: triparanol, trade-named MER/2^. The makers claim that a single capsule daily will drop the...

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