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Daily Aspirin Not Recommended for Everyone

Mon Aug 19, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Research into the benefits of daily aspirin for preventing heart attacks have not adequately measured the effects of the drug in people at low risk of cardiovascular disease, according to US researchers.

Although current research suggests that those at risk of heart attack can benefit from daily aspirin, this does not mean that the drug is right for everyone, lead author Dr. John M. Boltri of Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, told Reuters Health.

Left Side of Brain Important for 'Self-Memory'

Mon Aug 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most of the time, the right side of the brain is better at identifying familiar faces, but when it comes to recognizing one's own face, the left side of the brain is tops, new research suggests.

A man who had undergone surgery to treat epilepsy provided Dr. David J. Turk and colleagues at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, with an opportunity to evaluate separately the ability of each side of the brain to recognize familiar faces.

Hands Down, It's Soap

Fri Aug 16, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Ever wondered how much soap contributes to dirt removal?

Neca Chemicals Ltd. in Tikva, Israel, studied the question and reported the results in the International Journal of Dermatology.

The researchers found that rinsing with water alone removes about 29 percent of the dirt on your hands. The effects of using soap depends on the brand, but the average soap will normally remove 75 percent to 80 percent of the dirt in a single washing.

Bedside Manner Wins Over Ethnicity

Mon Aug 19, 2002

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthScoutNews) -- Quality of medical care, empathy and respect are more important than ethnicity when Puerto Rican women living in the United States choose a doctor, a Penn State study says.

"Only one-fifth of all Latino patients who see a Latino physician are influenced in their choice by the physician's ethnic background, and only 40 percent are influenced by the ability of the physician to speak Spanish," says study co-author Dr. R.S. Oropesa, an associated professor of sociology and demography at Penn State.

Don't Let Worms Dog You

Mon Aug 19, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Roundworms, a parasite (Toxocara) commonly found in the intestines of dogs and cats, can be passed from pets to humans and cause an infectious disease called toxocariasis. It sickens some 10,000 people yearly in the United States. More than 700 of them experience total or partial loss of vision.

Heavy or repeated Toxocara infections, while rare, can initiate a disease that causes swelling of the body's organs or central nervous system.

Need a Specialist? Chance of Referral Higher in US

Fri Aug 16, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients are twice as likely to receive referrals to see a medical specialist in the US as in the UK, new study findings show.

Dr. Christopher B. Forrest of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues found that, overall, between 30% and 37% of Americans received referrals to see a specialist, relative to only 14% of patients in the UK.

Female Doctors Spend More Time with Patients: Study

Tue Aug 13, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Female primary care doctors spend more time on average with their patients and are more likely than their male counterparts to inquire about emotions, family and work, but the effect of this type of communication style on patients' health is not clear, researchers conclude.

Their study found that female physicians spend an average of 2 minutes or 10% longer with patients (23 minutes versus 21 minutes).

'Office Rage'--Feel Like Punching a Colleague?

Wed Aug 14, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Half of Britain's stressed-out office workers say they have come close to punching a colleague, according to a survey published Wednesday.

Overwork, faulty computers and annoying workmates were the main cause of "office rage"--and women are more likely to snap than men.

"Our research shows that common occurrences such as broken computers and interruptions can push people over the edge at work," said Tim Watts, chairman of Pertemps, the British recruitment agency that commissioned the survey.

Dirt and Dust Arm You Against Allergies

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- Allergic disorders such as asthma, hay fever and eczema are on the rise in industrialized nations, and British researchers are saying that could be because children's immune systems aren't challenged enough.

Lifestyle Trumps Age in Staying Healthy

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- How you've lived may be more important to your health than how long you've lived.

A new study says lifestyle choices such as smoking and overeating may play a bigger role in the development of disease than even aging does.