A drug designed to help improve circulation just received FDA approval for another use. Plavix can now be used to treat patients with acute Coronary Syndrome. They include people who suffer from chest pain, known as Unstable Angina, and those who've had a mild heart attack. In a recent study, ACS patients who took Plavix along with Aspirin as part of their treatment were less likely to suffer a future heart attack or stroke. More than one million people in the United States develop ACS each year.
Pediatricians say Rickets is on the rise because kids in America aren't drinking enough milk. Doctors at the University of Michigan say too many youngsters are drinking fruit juices or soda, and are missing out on the benefits of milk. Too little calcium and Vitamin D are blamed for the recurrence of Rickets, a bone disease caused by low levels of Vitamin D. Experts suggest that kids should drink 16 to 24 ounces of milk every day. They can also boost their calcium intake by eating cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese.
Efforts to better understand and treat heart failure in this country are not making the grade. That's the conclusion of a survey by the Cardiovascular Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The survey, called the heart failure report card, involved 400 doctors nationwide. They gave a "C" to current diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. More disturbing is the "D+" given to the patients understanding of the condition. Experts say most patients don't realize the benefits of medications and lifestyle changes.