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December 18, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Folic acid supplements don't lower the odds of heart disease, stroke or death for patients who have a history of cardiovascular or kidney illness, according to a new analysis of a dozen trials. The studies, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., showed no statistically significant differences in the risks for patients who took folic acid and those who didn't.
December 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A study published in last week's Journal of the American Medical Assn. concludes that women who walk three miles a day, five days a week are reducing their risk of heart disease, regardless of how fast they walk. "If we can just convince the masses to take up a little bit of exercise, we can go a long way in preventing the number of deaths in America from heart disease," researcher John Duncan said.
December 25, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A two-layered drug designed to relieve arthritis symptoms with reduced risk of digestive ulcers was approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration. The drug is manufactured by Searle, a Skokie, Ill., pharmaceutical company, and will be sold under the brand name Arthrotec. It is approved for treatment of both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
Studies have shown that people with sleep apnea are at risk for a host of chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease. But whether sleep apnea--a temporary disruption of breathing during sleep--actually leads to the more serious health problem has not been investigated. Now Swedish researchers who followed a group of 182 men with the breathing disorder found that at least one cardiovascular problem occurred in about a third of them during a seven-year period.
March 1, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
If you're older, chances are you're at a higher risk for hearing loss -- in a recent study about 63% of adults over 70 had it. But the same study found that being black may have a protective effect. While about 64% of whites in the study showed some hearing loss, only 43% of blacks did. The study, published online recently in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences , analyzed data from a two-year cycle of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an ongoing national health research program.
March 30, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Statin drugs, taken to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, also can cut the risk of developing dangerous blood clots that can lodge in the legs or lungs, a major study suggests. The results provide a new reason to consider taking these medicines, sold as Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor and in generic form, doctors say. In the study, Crestor cut nearly in half the risk of blood clots in people with low cholesterol but who tested high for inflammation. The same study last fall showed that Crestor dramatically reduced heart attacks, strokes and risk of death in these people.
December 9, 1999
Contradicting previous studies, a new trial shows that using anti-androgen treatment immediately after prostate cancer surgery sharply lowers cancer recurrence and deaths. Conventional wisdom now says that such therapy should not be begun unless the cancer recurs. Anti-androgen treatment blocks the secretion of male hormones, which promote prostate cancer growth in some men. A team headed by Dr. Edward M.
December 24, 1997 | From Associated Press
A new study found that the more saturated fat men eat, the less likely they are to suffer a stroke, raising howls of protest from health experts who have spent years trying to teach Americans to eat less fat. The 20-year study, published in today's Journal of the American Medical Assn., found a dramatic trend: The highest intakes of saturated fat, mono-unsaturated fat and total fat were associated with the fewest strokes.
August 31, 1999 | From Associated Press
Most teenagers find it easier to talk about drugs with their mothers than with their fathers, and those who don't get along with their fathers are at far greater risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs, a survey showed Monday.
April 17, 1990 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Vitamin B may reduce the risk of stroke in some people, say the Oregon researchers whose study is published today in the journal Stroke. But Los Angeles stroke experts, while noting that the study has merit, say it is too soon to conclude that Vitamin B therapy is effective for reducing the risk of stroke, which afflicts a half million Americans a year. (A stroke is an interruption in the blood supply to the brain; nearly 150,000 victims die annually.
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