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Farewell to the fasting cholesterol test?

By: Naomi D. L. Fisher, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications At a recent meeting I offered a visitor lunch which she declined with obvious regret. She was hungry, and it was noon. But she was headed to her annual physical, and eating beforehand would mean returning another morning for a fasting cholesterol level. Most of us can relate to her annoyance, but thankfully this may soon be a thing of the past. …

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