Health Newsbrief
January 16, 2002
Vol. 3, No. 2
ISSN 1530-3616
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The News
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STUDY: BABY ASPIRIN BETTER FOR HEART
Adults who take aspirin to ward off heart disease and stroke
should take one or two baby aspirins each day instead of one
regular adult pill, according to a report in the British Medical
Journal based on analysis of numerous aspirin studies. Meanwhile,
the Washington Post reports that new federal recommendations call
for greatly expanding the number of people who take aspirin to
prevent heart disease.
Sources: Associated Press - Jan. 11, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020111/hl/aspirin_6.html
British Medical Journal study:
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7329/71
Washington Post - Jan. 15, 2002
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46060-2002Jan14.html
Federal aspirin guidelines:
http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/aspirin


NEW HEART FAILURE TREATMENTS PROMISE HOPE
A new generation of pacemakers that should hit the market this
year offer vast improvements over current treatments for the five
million Americans suffering from congestive heart failure. One of
the pacemakers may even be equipped with an implantable
defibrillator that can automatically restart a heart that stops
beating.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 11, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020111/hl/treatments_1.html


TEST MAY DETECT ALZHEIMER'S
BEFORE SYMPTOMS START
A new diagnostic imaging technique currently being tested may
make it possible for doctors to diagnose Alzheimer's disease long
before symptoms begin. Early diagnosis and treatment may
eventually make it possible to slow down or even stop Alzheimer's
before its disabling symptoms appear.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 9, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020109/hl/alzheimers_1.html


STUDY: DEPRESSION TREATMENT SOARED
More Americans than ever before are being treated for clinical
depression, according to a study published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association. In addition, a greater percentage
of those being treated are taking antidepressant drugs.
Source: Associated Press - Jan. 9, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020109/hl/
depression_treatment_1.html



SCIENTISTS VALIDATE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES
A study involving interviews with people who suffered clinical
deaths and were then resuscitated seems to give credence to the
idea that people can have near-death experiences. The study of
344 patients found that eight to 12 percent reported having
near-death experiences before they were revived.
Source: ABCNEWS.com - Jan. 10, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20020110/hl/
gma020108near_death_experiences_1.html



U.S. ADULTS FAVOR
DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE: SURVEY
Almost two thirds of Americans favor legalizing doctor-assisted
suicide, provided that the law has safeguards to ensure the
patient really wants to die. In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled that Americans do not have a constitutional right to
assisted suicide.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 11, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020111/hl/suicide_3.html


LAWSUITS MOUNT FOR LASIK
The number of lawsuits against doctors and clinics over botched
Lasik eye surgeries is steadily increasing. The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration says that five percent to 15 percent of Lasik
patients need a second surgery to solve problems from the first
one, and up to five percent of patients find that their vision is
worse after the surgery.
Source: Los Angeles Times - Jan. 14, 2002
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000003412jan14.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth



PLAYING TO OUR VANITY
With the holidays just over, an awful lot of us are looking to
shed some pounds and firm up our abs. But who has the time or the
willpower to diet and exercise? This article looks at a few
products that claim they provide results quickly - and best of
all, with no effort. And if you believe their claims, I've got
some swell land down in Florida that you'll really love...
Source: Los Angeles Times - Jan. 14, 2002
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/
la-000003410jan14.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth


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