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2/23/05

HealthWise at 5 From 2.23

  • Women and Aspirin

Some women might be missing out on a little pill that could save their life. A new study of 2,200 female heart attack patients found nearly half the women whose heart would benefit from aspirin therapy didn't take it! Researchers say taking a daily aspirin can reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to 30%, but this study at Beth Israel Medical Center showed that only 54% of the women were actually following aspirin therapy. This side-note, the report also found in the group that was taking aspirin 70% were taking a larger dose when a smaller dose would have been just as effective and easier on the stomach.

The study was presented at the American Heart Association Second International Conference of Women, Heart Disease and Stroke. Researchers say this is more proof that women are often not treated for heart disease as aggressively as men, and that needs to change. Researchers say aspirin has been shown in over 83 clinical trials that it reduces death by 23% that's a 30% combined reduction in heart attack and stroke, and cardiovascular death.

  • Surgery Antibiotics

You've heard the saying "timing is everything;" now a new study finds some doctors are running late. Nearly half of patients undergoing major surgery are not getting recommended antibiotics within a critical hour prior to surgery, according to a study published in the Archives of Surgery. The study evaluated 40,000 Medicare patients from across the country who had major surgery. Antibiotics administered within one hour of surgery have been shown to reduce infections after surgery. Researchers say nearly all patients in the study did receive antibiotics, just not at the right time. Researchers also found that 92.6% of the patients in the study received the correct antibiotic. Studies have shown that antibiotics should be stopped within 24 to 48 hours following surgery since there is not only no benefit to continuing administering antibiotics, but continuing the drug may lead to antibiotic resistance in the hospital.

  • Parkinson's Exercise

A new and important reason for exercise, new research of more than 100,000 people found men who exercised regularly and vigorously as adults had a lower risk for developing Parkinson's compared to the men who did not. Parkinson's disease is a progressive nerve disorder that causes uncontrolled shaking and rigidity. There is no cure, but the Harvard study found that the most physically active men cut their risk of Parkinsons by 50% compared to men who were the least active.

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