MedDay – May 29, 2019

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NEW YORK (CBS News) — New estimates suggest more older adults need to have dental care. A new CDC report shows 30% of seniors have dental insurance and that 65% of seniors visited the dentist in the past year. Experts say dental care is important for older adults because many chronic diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis can impact oral health. 

New research adds to growing evidence that fasting before bloodwork for a complete cholesterol test is not necessary. A large study in JAMA internal medicine found lipid levels were similar when fasting or not fasting in people, predicting cardiovascular risk just as effectively. 

And researchers in Atlanta have found a link between high LDL or so-called bad cholesterol and early onset alzheimer’s disease. They say more study is needed to explain the connection.

Those are some of the day’s top health stories.
Kenneth Craig, CBS News, New York
 

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