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Thiamine Helps Hepatitis Patients in Small Study

Friday April 13

By Anne Harding

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving the B vitamin thiamine to patients with chronic hepatitis B infection improves signs of the disease, a small preliminary study has found. This could point the way to a cheap and nontoxic way of treating the infection.

Three Major Statin Drugs Produce Similar Results

Tuesday April 17, 2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three major cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, tested head-to-head, produced similar results in reducing blood levels of a protein linked to inflammation, according to a study released on Monday.

The study by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas compared pravastatin, sold as Pravachol by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., simvastatin, made by Merck & Co. Inc. under the name Zocor, and atorvastatin, made by Pfizer Inc. under the name Lipitor.

A Hassle a Day Keeps Docs Away From Patients

Tuesday April 17, 2001

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Primary care doctors are being interrupted each day with ``managed-care hassles"" that can eat up as much as 40 minutes or more--cutting into quality time with patients, according to a new survey.

MRI Identifies Brain Problems After Heart Surgery

Tuesday April 17, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Newer forms of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that locate defects in blood flow are useful for investigating stroke and other neurological complications that sometimes occur after heart surgery, researchers report.

The imaging technique may also help doctors get a better grasp on the causes of post-surgery stroke and other neurological symptoms, which are poorly understood.

Dieting Moms Who Breast-Feed May Need Vitamin B6

Tuesday April 17, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who diet and exercise while breast-feeding their baby can do so as long as they continue to eat nutritious food and take a vitamin supplement. Doing so ensures the proper levels of vitamin B6, according to a study published in a recent issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Dieting Moms Who Breast-Feed May Need Vitamin B6

Tuesday April 17, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who diet and exercise while breast-feeding their baby can do so as long as they continue to eat nutritious food and take a vitamin supplement. Doing so ensures the proper levels of vitamin B6, according to a study published in a recent issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

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Stress Impairs Ability to Remember And Learn

Tuesday April 17

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rats who endure extreme stress suffer memory loss and a lessened ability to learn new things, a team of researchers at the University of South Florida report. The findings suggest that humans may have trouble remembering new information or activities that were learned before or during a stressed out time.

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Tighter rules are sought for dietary supplements

By ROBERT PEAR c.2001 New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators called Monday for much more stringent regulation of dietary supplements, saying current standards and their enforcement were grossly inadequate and allowed safety problems to go unchecked.

In the final draft of a new report, the acting inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department said manufacturers of dietary supplements, the supplements themselves and their ingredients should be registered with the government.

U.S. med schools move toward animal-free education

Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Two-thirds of all medical schools in the United States, including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and Yale, have eliminated the use of animals for training doctors, replacing the animals with modern, cost-effective and humane alternatives. To date, 85 of 126 U.S. medical schools have discontinued all animal labs in favor of state-of-the-art computer programs, simulators and human surgery observation.

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