McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Maroon's Anatomy: Low Cholesterol Linked to Violence

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The second episode in the "Maroon's Anatomy" series, this video explores the relationship between occurrences of low cholesterol and episodes of violent activity. It uses a study about Swedish inmates and their violent actions to show that low cholesterol and violent activity is link. Interactions between a doctor and his patient results in a physical altercation, which is later discovered to be caused by low cholesterol. The intern doctors then present a detailed explanation of the science behind this relation and attempt to show the mechanisms as to how low cholesterol really affects a person’s mood.

— Video by Stanis Xavier, Sina Nastarani, Mannish Jogendran and Noor Al-Switi

References:

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