Cholesterol Check

A home test could help curb heart disease, the No. 1 killer

WORRIED ABOUT YOUR CHOLESTEROL BUT TOO LAZY to see a doctor? Help is on the way. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first home-test kit for cholesterol. Made by ChemTrak Inc. of Sunnyvale, California, and expected to sell for $10 to $15, the simple-to-use kit gives a reading within 15 minutes that is as accurate as those made by doctors and laboratories.

Federal health officials hope that the kit will push more people into doing something about high cholesterol, a risk factor in heart disease. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that more than...

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