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CDC Lowers Lead Limits

CDC Lowers Lead Limits

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Environmental Health: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is lowering the level of lead in children's bloodstreams that will trigger monitoring. The new limit is 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of lead of blood, reports Elizabeth Weise and Alison Young for USA Today.

Statins: A meta analysis published in The Lancet suggests that health would improve if everyone over the age of 50 took statins, reports Denis Campbell for the Guardian.

Cholesterol: It's far too simplistic to label some kinds of cholesterol "good" and others "bad." Another study published in The Lancet suggests that people with naturally high levels of HDL cholesterol have no less heart disease than those with genes that give them lower levels of HDL, reports Gina Kolata for the New York Times.

Food: Economists from the US Department of Agriculture say that eating healthily can be less expensive than eating junk food. Previous calculations had were based on the price per calorie, which doesn't tell you much about fullness or nutrition, reports the AP.

Maternal Mortality: A U.N. report shows that maternal mortality rates are improving around the world. The report showed that the rate in the US, however, had gotten worse, reports the AP.

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