One in five US teens may have abnormal lipid levels — most related to overweight or obesity

Children's Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
The Washington Post reports that "one out of every five US teenagers has a cholesterol level that increases the risk of heart disease," according to a new study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. For "the study ... researchers analyzed data collected from 3,125 youths through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." The data indicated that "20.3 percent had abnormal 'blood lipid' levels." Bloomberg News reports that "obese children were at the highest danger of abnormal levels, with 43 percent testing outside the recommended ranges." Ashleigh May, an epidemiologist at the CDC's division of heart disease and stroke prevention, said, "Parents should inquire about whether their child is eligible for this lipid screening, especially if their child is overweight or obese." MedPage Today reported that "an unsigned commentary by…
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“The Russert Effect”: Docs Report Surge in Appointments

Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health
ABC News is reporting a phenomena that family physicians around the country are reporting to me: Tim Russert's death Friday from sudden cardiac arrest may have hit a nerve deeper than sadness. Russert's death may have lead some to fear for their own seemingly healthy bodies, or the health of a loved one – and doctors are seeing the effects. Calls are up dramatically for exams for middle aged men. (more…)
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