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Hold the salt, and help the heart

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The New York Times and other media outlets are reporting today on a study showing that cutting back on salt can have major health benefits. From the Times' article:

If everyone consumed half a teaspoon less salt per day, there would be between 54,000 and 99,000 fewer heart attacks each year and between 44,000 and 92,000 fewer deaths, according to the study, which was conducted by scientists at University of California San Francisco, Stanford University Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center.

The study appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Stanford nephrologist Glenn Chertow, MD, was one of the authors.

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