NIH cholesterol recommendations questioned.
In a letter to NIH, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and NCEP, the physicians and scientists urge an independent review of the scientific studies behind the new recommendations. "There is strong evidence to suggest that an objective, independent re-evaluation of the scientific evidence from the five new studies of statin therapy would lead to different conclusions than those presented by the current NCEP," the scientists wrote.
According to CSPI, media coverage of the report largely ignored the benefits of lifestyle and diet changes on health or placed them near the ends of their stories. The critics also claim that eight of the nine authors of the NCEP recommendations have financial ties to statin manufacturers, thus creating apparent conflicts of interest.
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|Title Annotation:||National Institutes of Health; National Cholesterol Education Program|
|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Oct 4, 2004|
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