In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal (11/12, A1, Winslow, Dooren, Subscription Publication) reported that experts now say that all kids should undergo testing for high cholesterol at some point between the ages of 9 and 11, and then again sometime between the ages of 17 and 21.
The Washington Post (11/14, Stein) "The Checkup" blog reports that "the recommendation comes from by a 14-member expert panel convened by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute [NHLBI] and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which will publish the panel's report (pdf)...in the journal Pediatrics."
The Los Angeles Times (11/12, Roan) reports, "Such guidelines already exist to address heart disease risk in adults, but until now there has been none outlining what works best for children." Also covering the story were the AP (11/14, Marchione, Tanner), the NPR (11/12, Shute) "Shots" blog, the Boston Globe (11/12, Kotz), HeartWire (11/14, O'Riordan), MedPage Today (11/14, Phend), WebMD (11/14, McMillen), and HealthDay (11/14, Preidt).
POSTED BY: Steven Almany M.D.