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6/11/03

HealthWise at 5 From 6.11

  • Distracted Drivers

Though much maligned, cell phone users are not the main cause of distracted driving. That's according to a new study by Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, which finds that people who are gawking at other traffic mishaps, looking at scenery or who are driving while too tired are actually the top 3 causes of distraction related traffic accidents. The study found that accidents from cell phone use were even ranked lower than the number four culprit... fiddling with the radio.

  • New Focus in Stroke Research

For the first time, researchers have focused entirely on African Amerians to find the best method of preventing recurrent strokes in that group. They found that a low dose daily aspirin can do the job just as well as a more expensive prescription drug called Ticlopidine. Both are supposed to reduce the sticky part of the blood that can cause it to clot. That's good because it's the clot that can move up to the brain and cause a stroke. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds this is one treatment in which you can save your money. The researchers reviewed more than 2 thousand patinets from all across the U.S. To compare the two medications. Even so, be sure to talk to a doctor before taking aspirin regularly; it can trigger bad side effects if it's not taken in the right dose. People at greatest risk for stroke are those who have had a previous stroke. Your risk of stroke is already increased if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, or if you're overweight, or if you're a smoker.

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