Study title and authors:
Measurement of total serum cholesterol in the evaluation of suicidal risk.
Olié E, Picot MC, Guillaume S, Abbar M, Courtet P.
Université Montpellier 1, Montpellier, France; CHRU Montpellier, France; INSERM U1061, France.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21521628
The study found:
(a) Cholesterol leves were significantly lower in suicide attempters than in non-attempters and controls for both genders.
(b) The proportion of suicide attempters with the lowest cholesterol levels was significantly higher than those with the highest cholesterol levels.
To conclude: Low cholesterol levels are associated with more suicide attempts.
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Recipe of the day
Rib-Eye Steak with Beefy Onion Sauce
½ large onion, peeled and sliced
5ml/1tsp balsamic vinegar
1.Heat the butter and tallow in a pan. Cook the steaks according to preference. During the last two minutes of the cooking time add the onion. Once cooked, remove steaks from the pan and keep warm.
2.Add the balsamic vinegar and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes until reduced by about half.
3.Serve the steak and sauce with the celeriac mash or spinach mash (just stir spinach through the steaming mash to wilt slightly and serve) and seasonal green vegetables.