Nature Network Boston: Researchers knock Brigham heart disease test

More over at Nature Network Boston:

Last week’s American Heart Association meeting offered a few flare-ups in the debate over how to identify and treat people at risk of heart disease. Two studies raised questions about the usefulness of the C-reactive protein (CRP) blood test championed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  

So goes the ongoing battle over primary prevention — the use of drugs to prevent disease in healthy people with “risk factors” that make them prone to disease. Some see the approach as a way to stave off illness. Others see primary prevention as a way for drug companies to push marginal medications on healthy people.

For more on the debate over CRP and heart disease see:


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