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Risks and benefits of omega 3 fats for mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: systematic review

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:752

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a calculation mistake ?

I dont know if this would change the author's conclusions on the non clear

benefit of omega 3 but I draw your attention on a simple calculation (or
mistake that might be relevant : in fig 2, "Effect of omega 3 fatty acids
mortality", in the subcategory "RCT data, a linolenic acid only", the
total events
for low omega 3 /control should be 68, not 58, which makes the 72 events
the high omega 3 group look not as bad.
Best regards

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21 July 2006
pascal huve
medical journalist
152 av malakoff 75116 Paris France