August 2006 HeartBeat references

Green tea: Beverage, not medicine. Food and Drug Administration, Letter of Denial, May 9, 2006. Persistent pain common after stroke. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, May 2006. In brief. Exercising improper restraint: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 2006; Bitter ain't better: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, April 2006; Hearts and minds: Alzheimer's and Dementia, January 2006. (Locked) More »

More information on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A host of information is available on recognizing and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. The booklet "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, A Real Illness" is available online from the National Institute of Mental Health or by calling 866-615-6464 (toll free). The PTSD Alliance offers information and support to people with the disorder, as well as their family and friends: at or by calling 877-507-7873 (toll free). The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offers in-depth background on PTSD aimed primarily at combat veterans. Two books by Boston psychiatrist Jonathan Shay—Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Scribner, 1995) and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Scribner, 2003)—draw striking parallels between the experiences of American soldiers and warriors from ancient Greece. (Locked) More »

A number worth watching

The ejection fraction is a measurement of how effectively the heart pumps blood. For those with heart disease, it can be useful to have it measured periodically. (Locked) More »

In Brief

Older women are less likely to exercise. A supplement containing bitter orange caused chest pain. A healthy heart may help protect mental health as well. (Locked) More »