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Psychological Stress May Hasten Heart Deaths

Mon Mar 25, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies have suggested that stress can be harmful for people with heart disease, but a new report finds that it may actually triple their risk of death.

The researchers said their study is the largest to date to investigate the relationship between stress response and mortality in heart patients. Other studies have found that stress can contribute to heart attacks.

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Childhood Food Allergy Rarely Causes Death: Study

Mon Mar 25, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many parents will be relieved to learn that food allergy-related deaths in children are much more rare than they might have thought, according to the results of a study.

While fears of peanut allergies have garnered much attention in the media, the study conducted in the UK found that no young children died as a result of a peanut allergy between 1990 and 2000. However, peanut-related deaths did occur in two older children in that country--one 13-year-old and one 15-year-old.

US Alternative Medicine Report Spurs Controversy

Mon Mar 25, 2002

By Alicia Ault

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday released the final report of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy without fanfare, simply posting the recommendations on the Commission's website.

Doctors Say Insurance Influences Treatment

Mon Mar 25, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most physicians believe health insurance coverage--more than race, income or other factors--determines the type of care a patient receives, a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey reveals.

Seventy-two percent of doctors surveyed agreed that the US healthcare system treats people unfairly "very often" or "somewhat often" based on whether or not they have insurance coverage.

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Hormones Boost Bone in First 3 Years, Not After

Tue Mar 26, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) initially strengthens bones in postmenopausal women, taking the drugs for more than 3 years does not make bones even stronger, researchers report.

What's more, women who stop taking hormones do lose bone density, but no more rapidly than women who never took hormones, according to the report in the March 25th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Hormones Boost Bone in First 3 Years, Not After

Tue Mar 26, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) initially strengthens bones in postmenopausal women, taking the drugs for more than 3 years does not make bones even stronger, researchers report.

What's more, women who stop taking hormones do lose bone density, but no more rapidly than women who never took hormones, according to the report in the March 25th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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New Medical Privacy Rules: '186 Pages of Mud'

by Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com

Wednesday, March 27, 2002 WASHINGTON – The government’s new medical "privacy” regulations appear to "obliterate even the minimum privacy rules that were in place,” according to a physicians group. The regulation, set to take effect in April 2003, confirms the worst nightmare of the patient – allowing doctors to disclose patient information without written permission.

"Another 186 pages of mud,” said Kathryn Serkes, counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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New Medical Privacy Rules: '186 Pages of Mud'

by Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
WASHINGTON – The government’s new medical "privacy” regulations appear to "obliterate even the minimum privacy rules that were in place,” according to a physicians group. The regulation, set to take effect in April 2003, confirms the worst nightmare of the patient – allowing doctors to disclose patient information without written permission.

"Another 186 pages of mud,” said Kathryn Serkes, counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

Rosie O'Donnell: Gays Make Better Parents

Monday, March 25, 2002

Rosie O'Donnell, who recently touted her gay lifestyle during a network TV interview, is now claiming that gays actually make better parents than their heteroseuxal counterparts.

O'Donnell makes the bizarre claim in a pre-taped interview set for broadcast tonight on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor."