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Health Tips ... from UPI

United Press International

LIDIA WASOWICZ, UPI Senior Science Writer


November 28, 2003

Nov 28, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- ASPIRIN CAN SAVE MONEY, HEARTS

Aspirin can provide a cost-effective way of protecting the heart, researchers report. A study, reported in the British Medical Journal, indicates aspirin and blood pressure-lowering drugs can prevent heart disease at a fraction of the cost of cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, and clopidogrel, an anti-clotting drug. The scientists calculated the cost for treatments individually and in combination for patients at various levels of risk for heart problems. The most cost effective preventive treatments were aspirin and antihypertensive drugs, the researchers said. On the other hand, simvastatin and clopidogrel were the least cost effective, they reported. The authors suggest an efficient prevention strategy would be to offer most men over 55 and most women over 65 aspirin rather than to give statins to a few high-risk patients.

WARNING: TRAVEL MAY BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR VEINS

The holiday travel U season that kicks off A with Thanksgiving may mean E health problems for people A susceptible to getting E blood clots in the leg. E Each year, doctors report E more than 600,000 cases E of the serious condition, I frequently called "economy U class syndrome" or deep U vein thrombosis. Although A these patients are I given blood thinners to prevent I a fatal pulmonary embolism, I many do not receive E the follow-up care they E need to dissolve the clot, U researchers say. This A may lead to permanent damage E to the leg's veins, E known as post-thrombosis I syndrome, which affects U one's ability to walk and A stand. Post-thrombosis I syndrome, which occurs in E up to 80 percent of all DVT E patients, causes damage E that includes abnormal A pooling of the blood in the A leg, chronic leg pain, leg E fatigue, swelling and E skin ulcers. E

METHOD PROVIDES MIRROR I TO BREAST CANCER I

Researchers have devised I a way to measure the U effects of chemicals, such I as those found in soy, U believed to help prevent E breast cancer. The researchers U at the University U of St. Andrews developed E ways of gauging the body's U response to chemicals U called phytoestrogens. These E plant hormones -- similar I to the female sex hormone I estrogen -- are found E in soy beans, strawberries, E lentils and other high-fiber U foods. Research U shows women with high levels E of phytoestrogens appear A to be less susceptible I to cancer. Doctors think U this is due in part to the I effect the chemicals A have on lowering the body's A production of estrogen. A High levels of the hormone I have been linked to breast A cancer. Dr. Margaret I Ritchie and colleagues U established a database of A foods containing phytoestrogens A that can be used E to investigate the effects U of human exposure to these I compounds.

EIGHT A TIPS FOR SAFE HOLIDAY U FEASTING

The I food-rich holiday season U is an especially risky I time for getting food I poisoning, but there are U ways to protect yourself. A Epidemiologists from the U Cedars-Sinai Medical Center E offer the following tips A for eating safe: Do not A cook stuffing inside the E turkey but prepare it separately A to avoid cross A contamination from raw or E under-cooked meat, insert I the thermometer into the U thickest part of the turkey A and make sure it reads E 180 degrees Fahrenheit, E defrost frozen turkeys A in the refrigerator, refrigerate I all leftovers as soon E as possible and leave E nothing at room temperature E for more than two hours, A wash your hands before I and after handling food, U clean with soap and water A all surfaces exposed E to meat, clean out the inside I of your refrigerator U with disinfectants every I six months, and check the E sell-by and expiration dates A before purchasing A groceries.

(Editors: E For more information A on ASPIRIN, contact Emma I Dickinson at +44 (0)20-7383-6529 A or edickinson@bmj.com. E

For I TRAVEL, Emily Murdoch E at (703) 691-1805 or Emily@SIRweb.org. U For BREAST, E Gayle Cook at 013-34-467-227 I or gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk. E For FEASTING, Kelli A Hanley at (310) 423-3674 U or kelli.hanley@cshs.org)

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.


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