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Routine cholesterol blood tests on children may be unnecessary because many high-cholesterol children turn out normal as adults, researchers said Tuesday.

The finding was based on a study of more than 2,300 children in Iowa who were checked at ages ranging from 8 to 18 and again when they were 20 to 30 years old.

"In childhood, total cholesterol concentration may not accurately reflect the level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol," the type of cholesterol linked to heart disease, said University of Iowa researchers.

The report was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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