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PEOPLE ACT ON HEALTH INFORMATION

Tell people about health risks and they'll do something about them, Columbia University researchers concluded after evaluating an on-the-job cholesterol screening program.

A group headed by Dr. Donald Gemson did cholesterol testing followed by three- to five-minute counseling sessions for nearly 900 workers in a Wall Street firm. After six months, workers who came in for a follow-up had an 8.3 percent reduction in blood cholesterol and "significant improvements in smoking, weight, blood pressure and exercise," the doctors report in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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