Dec 14, 2019

Study: 60% of research on eggs' cholesterol effect is industry-funded

A man purchases eggs in Nantong, Jiangsu Province of China on Dec. 2019 Photo: Xu Congjun/VCG via Getty Images

After reviewing 153 studies that analyzed eggs' effect on blood cholesterol, a new report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says that industry-funded studies downplayed eggs' potentially negative health effects.

What they found: Over 85% of the analyzed studies demonstrated that eggs negatively effect blood cholesterol, the Washington Post reports — whether those studies were funded by the industry or not.

  • The analysis also found that 60% of studies on eggs' effect on cholesterol were funded by the egg industry between 2010 and 2019.
  • Mickey Rubin, director of the American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center, told the Post that the study's findings are consistent — but he noted that "increases in cholesterol are not always bad," since higher levels of HDL cholesterol are beneficial.

Go deeper: Cholesterol studies promoted the sunny side of eggs, but the research was hatched out of industry funding (Washington Post)

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Deadly listeria outbreak sparks hard-boiled egg recall

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA and officials in multiple states are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to packaged hard-boiled egg products used by national food service operators.

Why it matters: "Consumers will not be able to tell if products they’ve purchased from stores contain these eggs, so it is important that people at higher risk for Listeria infections follow the advice listed below," the CDC advised.

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EPA's Trump-appointed scientific advisers criticize new proposals

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The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with efforts to weaken wetland regulation and restrict the use of scientific studies to inform new rules, despite criticisms from its scientific advisers, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The claims that there are flaws in the science driving the administration's proposals are especially noteworthy coming from scientists and industry members who were appointed to the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) by the president himself, per the Post.

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AI's health care hype

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Two new studies highlight artificial intelligence's potential to improve patient care, specifically by aiding or improving cancer detection.

Why it matters: AI could create enormous benefits for patients and the doctors who treat them, but some experts warn that the explosion of new health technology could put some patients in danger, as the L.A. Times and Kaiser Health News recently reported.

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