Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1259a (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1259
  1. Alberto Ascherio,
  2. Eric B Rimm,
  3. Walter C Willett
  1. Assistant professor of epidemiology and nutrition Assistant professor of epidemiology and nutrition Professor of epidemiology and nutrition Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA

    EDITOR,—Nicolai Worm notes that our data imply an inverse association between intake of saturated fat and risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction. Any factor that increases the case fatality rate of a disease without affecting its incidence, however, will be inversely associated with non-fatal occurrences of the disease. Such associations are of dubious interpretation. Also, we did not report results on intake of oleic acid because this is mainly derived from red …

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