The first three grafs of Gina Kolata's page 1 story in today's New York Times tell of a 32-year-old aerobics instructor and a Zimbabwean woman whose LDL cholesterol was at a level so low it was "unheard-of."
And the story continues:
Paragraph 4 says the discovery of these women "has set off one of the greatest medical chases ever" for a new drug to prevent heart attacks.
Paragraph 5: A drug-company official says "This is our top priority."
Paragraph 6: A government scientist says the drug "might be used by one in four adults."
Paragraph 7, Kolata says the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are "far from a panacea."
The thing sounds spectacular. Should I call my father and tell him to ask his doctor about it? Will his insurance cover it?
My mistake was to stay with the story for one more graf: Paragraph 8. It takes that long to get to this:
Studies that would tell whether the drugs actually prevent heart attacks and deaths are only starting.
And this, in Paragraph 36:
The drug "is likely years from approval."
I didn't really think about calling my father. I know better.