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NHBLI Obesity Education Initiative Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, NIH Pub.
The release also noted that the NHBLI has initiated an $85 million nine-year study of drugs to lower blood pressure and reduce serum cholesterol.
As reported last September in Circulation (a journal of the American Heart Association), the NHBLI analysis of 19 large studies revealed that while cholesterol levels above 200 were certainly associated with heart disease, at least in men, levels below 160 in both men and women went along with a 40% higher rate of death by noncardiac causes, such as violent death, lung disease, and some cancers.
In defense of their actions, the senators noted that an NHBLI advisory panel, while ratifying Lenfant's decision, had appealed for more funding to continue the artificial heart program (The New York Times, 8 August 1988, 16A).
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