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Risks and benefits of omega 3 fats: A few thoughts on systematic review

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:915
  1. Ka He, assistant professor (,
  2. Yiqing Song, instructor
  1. Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1102, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  2. Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 900 Commonwealth Avenue East, Boston, MA 02215, USA

    EDITOR—Hooper et al's conclusions that omega 3 fats have no effect on total mortality, combined cardiovascular events, or cancer are somewhat misleading.1

    Firstly, their null findings could be partly explained by the use of the composite end points. They ignore strong biological evidence for the potentially disease specific effects of omega 3 fat. The underlying hypotheses for this study are not clearly …

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