Smoking marijuana quintuples a person's heart attack risk
Smoking marijuana quintuples a person's heart attack risk for an hour after lighting up, a study out Thursday said. As a heart-attack trigger, smoking marijuana is safer than a snort of cocaine or a jolt of intense exercise for a couch potato. But it is twice as risky as sex for a sedentary person or exercise for someone who is fit. Pot smoking hasn't emerged as an issue in heart disease because older people typically don't indulge.
LOW FOLIC ACID LINKED TO ALZHEIMER'S
Folic acid is important for normal development of the brain and the nervous system. Pregnant women are advised to take supplements of folic acid in order to prevent problems with the developing brain in the fetus. According to this study, this nutrient may be important for the brains of the adults as well.
UNDERSTANDING BREATHING PERSPECTIVES
There is more and more evidence associating healthy pulmonary function with long life. On his website at:
The pentagon has rejected a congressional report urging it to suspend its controversial anthrax vaccine program. Officials said the mandatory shots would continue.
A total of 351 service members have risked court-martial or administrative punishment for refusing to take the vaccine since the program started in March 1998. Many said they worried about its safety and believed the need for it has been exaggerated.
Prayer May Boost in Vitro Success, Study Suggests
By Melissa Schorr
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women undergoing infertility treatments were twice as likely to get pregnant when they were prayed for by anonymous strangers, according to the results of a controversial study.
Black Tea May Cut Heart Disease Risk: Study
By Suzanne Rostler
October 8, 2001
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking black tea may lower the risk of heart disease by preventing the blood from clumping and forming clots, the results of a preliminary study suggest.
By Will Boggs, MD
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chemicals found in green tea and other plants may prevent the brain damage that occurs after strokes and other brain injuries, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Got milk? If so, you may be getting something you didn't bargain for. True, its calcium helps build strong bones, but according to a British researcher, it may also contain an organism linked to Crohn's disease.
Synonyms: Buffalo Herb, Father-of-all-Foods, Lucerne, Purple Medick
Family: Leguminosae or Fabaceae
Genus species: Medicago sativa
Type: Perennial herb
Part Used: Whole herb (aerial parts)
Location: widely cultivated