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Antimicrobials in Soaps, Lotions Don't Help: AMA

Tue Aug 20, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Consumer products such as soaps and lotions often contain germ-killing antimicrobials, but there is scant evidence they are helpful in preventing infections, according to an American Medical Association (AMA) committee.

What's more, they may actually be harmful in terms of promoting bacterial resistance to germ-killers, according to a report from the AMA's Council on Scientific Affairs published in the August issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.

Antibiotics Help Heart in Mysterious Ways

Mon Aug 19, 2002

By Ed Edelson
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthScoutNews) -- A British study to see whether antibiotics can help heart patients has produced positive results that raise more questions than they answer.

The idea behind the study, says Dr. Michael A. Mendall, a consultant gastroenterologist at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, was "to see whether treatment directed at bacterial infections would make any difference in the prognosis of hospitalized heart patients. There has been a growing interest in the infection story."

States Respond to CDC's Prediction

Sat Aug 17, 2002

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials worked Friday to calm public fear of the West Nile virus after the government predicted 1,000 people could be infected with the potentially deadly disease this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday there have been 251 human cases of the virus reported to the CDC, including 11 deaths. The virus has been found in every state east of the Rocky Mountains.

Ill Health Worsens West Nile

Sun Aug 18, 2002

By BRANDON LOOMIS, Associated Press Writer

An Illinois man who died of West Nile virus — one of 11 nationwide to succumb to the illness this year — was in poor health that would have worsened the effects of the virus, public health officials said.

Sam Basalone, 67, had emphysema and recurring heart troubles, and he had suffered kidney failure in 1996 that required a transplant followed by dialysis, his wife, Shirley Basalone, told The Associated Press.

Is It A Heart Attack?

Tue Aug 20, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) --In the movies, a heart attack victim often clutches his heart and falls to the floor. In real life, the discomfort and other symptoms aren't always that dramatic.

Many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort. Someone who feels such a warning sign may not be sure what is wrong and may be so slow to seek help that real, lasting damage could result.

Deviant Gene May Up West Nile Risk

Tue Aug 20, 2002

By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A genetic study in mice suggests that a flawed gene may be the reason the West Nile virus causes a severe, life-threatening illness in some while giving others only a relatively mild infection, according to French researchers.

Scientists at the Pasteur Institute in Paris report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that a strain of mice carrying a non-working gene are quickly killed by the West Nile virus, while mice with normal genes are not

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.