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Lipoproteins around the world . . . and other stories

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 02 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2523

Trends in cholesterol levels

High blood cholesterol concentrations were once a characteristic of the populations of wealthy Western countries. But determinants of blood cholesterol, such as diet and widespread availability of lipid lowering drugs, are changing throughout the world. A study that pooled more than 1000 population based studies with information on blood lipids in more than 100 million individuals reports large geographical changes over time (Nature doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2338-1). In 1980, the highest levels of non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol were found in Belgium, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Malta. By 2018, the highest levels were found in Asia and the Pacific, with Tokelau, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand at the top.

Peripheral nerve stimulation for Tourette’s syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterised by involuntary tics and vocalisations. These motor manifestations are often hard to treat effectively. A laboratory study of 16 …

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