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Bone thinning linked to blood thinner:
Archives of Internal Medicine, January 23, 2006
FDA okays new drug to treat chest pain: News
release from the FDA
Soy it ain't so! Circulation, February 21, 2006
Print versions of the USDA's new food pyramid, MyPyramid, offer
little or no specific information. The Web version, MyPyramid.gov, at least explains
what the stripes mean. Your best bet is to start with "Inside the
The pyramid is supposed to be a direct translation of the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is updated every five
An alternative to the USDA's pyramid is one developed by Dr.
Walter Willett and his colleagues at the Harvard School of Public
Heath. The Healthy Eating Pyramid is based on the best science
available. It is described in his book,
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, which also gives the scientific
basis for each of the Healthy Eating Pyramid's building blocks.
The Pacemaker Club started a letter-writing
campaign that it hopes will spur the development of MRI-safe
pacemakers and ICDs.
Persons with pacemakers cannot get an MRI because it conflicts
with the pacemaker's function. Future pacemakers will likely be
made MRI-safe, but this will probably take at least several more
Changes to the USDA's food pyramid have made it less useful as a
dietary guideline. While it has been improved in some ways,
better nutrition information is available.
Surgeons have been trying to correct atrial fibrillation with
operations that are less complex and less invasive, but so far
there is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness.
Those who take warfarin, which prevents blood clots, may be more
susceptible to bone damage because the medication can interfere
with the body's production of vitamin K, which is crucial to bone
A new drug has been approved to treat angina, though it is
intended for those who have not had success with other angina
medications, and is meant to be used in combination with another
The claim that soy protein lowers cholesterol has been shown to
be untrue, but soy foods are still beneficial to the heart and
A company is testing a replacement heart valve that does not
require recipients to take the anti-clotting medication warfarin,
which can affect bone strength.
Which is more important, high bad cholesterol or high good