July 12, 2010 Time.com
A new study finds that current guidelines for cholesterol screening in children may miss nearly 10% of those who have high levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. In the new study, led by Dr. William Neal of West Virginia University, scientists studied a group of more than 20,000 fifth graders in West Virginia and found that 71% were eligible for cholesterol screening based on national criteria. Experts believe using family history is a good way to identify children who may be at greatest risk of high cholesterol and therefore of future heart disease and who merit screening. Based on the results of the screen, doctors may then advise families to change their children’s diet or exercise routines, or prescribe medication to lower their cholesterol.