Medicine: The Fatty Diet Under Attack

A panel tells many Americans to lower their cholesterol levels

After nearly 30 years of warnings from health officials, most Americans are well aware of the perils of too much cholesterol. The problem is, how much is too much? What level of cholesterol in the blood should be considered acceptable, and at what point does treatment become necessary to reduce the risk of heart disease? For three days last week the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., convened a panel of 14 experts to try to answer these questions. The group reviewed the...

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