Reuters – Moderate ‘bad cholesterol’ levels tied to early death for healthy people

Healthy adults who don’t keep their LDL-C, or “bad cholesterol,” in check are more likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease than peers with lower cholesterol levels, a U.S. study suggests.

Kaiser Health News – The man who sold America on vitamin D — and profited in the process

Dr. Michael Holick’s role in drafting national vitamin D guidelines, and the embrace of his message by mainstream doctors and wellness gurus alike, helped push supplement sales to $936 million in 2017. But few Americans likely know the industry has sent a lot of money Holick’s way.

USA Today – Low-carb diet linked to early death, medical study suggests

Cutting carbohydrates might also cut lifespan by up to four years, according to a new medical study.

Health Day – Vaping can damage DNA, but will it cause cancer?

E-cigarettes produce chemicals that can damage a person’s DNA, the first step on a path that might lead to cancer, a new study reports.

Inverse – A heart disease-causing parasite is starting to infiltrate America

A parasitic disease commonly transmitted in the feces of a bloodsucking insect in South America, Central America, and Mexico now affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States, according to a scientific statement from American Heart Association scientists.

The Atlantic – America’s invisible pot addicts

Public-health experts worry about the increasingly potent options available, and the striking number of constant users. “Cannabis is potentially a real public-health problem,” said Mark A. R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at New York University.