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Life Line Screening Friday Roundup: Top Health News About Cholesterol and Kids, Afib and More

admin - November 18, 2011

One of the biggest health news items this week is the controversial recommendation by a team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine that children as young as age 9 should be screened for cholesterol as well as high blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Then, they should be screened again between ages 17 and 21.

Of course, heart disease due to cholesterol is rare in children. However, as an article from reports, having a poor diet during childhood can accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, also known as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACD), or hardening of the arteries, in their later years.

The recommendations along with diet and exercise guidelines for children and young adults ages 2 to 21 were published in the journal Pediatrics last week and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

What do you think? Read more:

Other newsworthy items in health include:

Healthy teeth can help prevent heart attach and stroke.

Good oral health can help prevent heart attack and stroke!

Getting your teeth cleaned helps vascular health! This WebMD article reports on a study, which showed that getting your teeth professionally scaled and polished to remove plaque, at least once every two years, can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by 25% and 13% respectively. Read more at:

Talk to your doctor about vitamin D and Afib. Of course vitamin D is good for you, but this article reports on a study that found too much vitamin D may cause atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Read more at:

Have you ever said, “This job is killing me”? Well, it may very well be true! A Chicago ABC News “HealthBeat” report says your lack of activity on your sit-down job may be harming your health even if you work out at the gym! Read more at:

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