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August 1999 Issue

New, Improved Guidelines? No Brave New World

This summer, the American Heart Association sought the backing of leading health organizations (the American Cancer Society, the American Dietetic Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Clinical Nutrition and the National Institutes of Health) for a set of dietary guidelines aimed at thwarting four leading killer diseases-cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The new advisory was intended to cut the morass of dietary do's and don'ts created by numerous separate guidelines issued in the 1980's.

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