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Panel Backs Cholesterol Drugs for Children

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Panel Backs Cholesterol Drugs for Children

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Panel Backs Cholesterol Drugs for Children

Panel Backs Cholesterol Drugs for Children

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says some children as young as eight should be given anti-cholesterol drugs.

Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, professor and chief of neonatology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, is a member of the panel that made the recommendations.

He says that with the increase in the number of children who are overweight or obese, the risk factor for cardiovascular disease at later stages increases.