Physicians still split over widespread cholesterol testing in children

The AP reports that physicians “are still debating” whether all kids should undergo cholesterol screening, “months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some” children.

Some critics argue that “there’s little evidence that widespread cholesterol testing and treatment in children will reduce their chances of having later heart problems.” Others point to the fact that members of that government panel had industry ties, thus influencing their recommendation.

However, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Acting Director, Dr. Susan Shurin, “said there are few qualified specialists who have no industry relationships, and that panel members,” who were appointed by NHLBI, “were selected for their expertise.”

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