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Protein May Speed Post-Angioplasty Artery Narrowing

Thu May 30, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine increase the odds that heart arteries will re-narrow after the artery-clearing procedure angioplasty, study findings suggest.

When an artery that delivers blood to the heart becomes blocked or narrowed, which can lead to a heart attack, one way to restore normal blood flow is a procedure called angioplasty.

Bananas Help Boost Bone Mass

Fri May 31, 2002

By Randy Dotinga
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthScoutNews) -- Add another potential health benefit to diets rich in bananas, melons, potatoes and other potassium-packed foods: They could help women stave off osteoporosis, especially if they love to sprinkle on the salt.


Music as Medicine

Thu May 30,11:57 PM ET

By Dennis Thompson Jr.
HealthScoutNews Reporter

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthScoutNews) -- Music's charms aren't just for savage beasts -- they also help ailing people who need solace, comfort or stimulation while fighting off illness.

Just ask Sunny Hadder, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital's board-certified music therapist. Armed with keyboard and guitar, Hadder created the hospital's music therapy program from the ground up. Now, the doctors there say they couldn't do without her sweet tones and reassuring nature.


Study Finds Better Nursing Equals Better Care

Thu May 30, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Proper nursing care is crucial to ensuring that patients leave the hospital early and healthy, according a report in Thursday's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers analyzing data from nearly 800 US hospitals found that the more attention patients received from nurses, the lower their risk of complications and death while in the hospital.

Clues Found to Circumcision's HIV-Protective Effect

Tue May 28, 2002

By Emma Hitt, PhD

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters Health) - Circumcision, or removal of the foreskin of the penis, is known to reduce the risk of HIV infection, and now researchers may understand why. The findings could help in the development of new therapies to prevent the spread of the AIDS causing virus.

According to Carlos R. Estrada from Rush-Presbyterian-St.


Mom's Age Only Partly Related to Pregnancy Success

Thu May 30, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women undergoing assisted reproduction are less likely than younger women to end up having a baby. However, a new study suggests that age is only a factor in certain aspects of infertility treatments--mattering at some points in the treatment but not at others.


Abdominal Fat Tied to Heart Attack, Chest Pain Risk

Thu May 30, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Middle-aged men who are carrying a "spare tire" around their waistline are known to be at increased risk of having a heart attack compared to those with fat elsewhere on the body. Now, study findings suggest that such fat deposits may be more important--in terms of predicting heart health risks--than overall obesity.

With Age, Alcohol Use May Raise Blood Pressure

Thu May 30, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Previous research has found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can help cut cardiovascular disease risk, but a new study suggests light alcohol consumption may actually increase blood pressure in adults over age 40.

"Our results showed that light drinking significantly increased blood pressure in elderly persons but not in younger persons," lead author Dr. Ichiro Wakabayashi of Yamagata Universit


AARP Joins Suit Against Drug Makers

Wed May 29, 2002

By LESLIE MILLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The AARP, the nation's largest lobbying group for older Americans, is accusing pharmaceutical companies of paying their competitors not to market cheaper generic drugs.

The group on Wednesday joined three lawsuits filed last year against six drug companies, alleging patent abuse, suppression of generic competition and collusion with generic manufacturers.

Bone-Building Exercise

Fri May 31, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- For prevention of osteoporosis (soft bones), here's some advice for women on which forms of exercise are the most helpful.

The European Journal of Radiology says the best sports seem to be those that call for lots of exertion for a short period of time, like tennis, sprinting or fencing.