A 15 minute blood test could help save the life of a patient with a bad heart. In a study involving almost 1600 patients, emergency room doctors were able to correctly diagnose 9 out of 10 patients with congestive heart failure. The test, developed by Biosite, Inc., detects elevated levels in the blood of a hormone called bnp. The hormone is released by the heart ventricles when pressure rises, signaling a failing heart.
If you hate exercise, try walking. A new study finds walking is as good as running for protecting the hearts of women over 50. Researchers studied 74,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 for six years. They found those who exercised regularly had about a one-third lower risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems as women who didn't exercise. But they saw no difference in women who walked regularly and women who exercised vigorously for the same amount of time. The study also found that being sedentary for sixteen hours or more per day is in itself a risk factor for heart attack and stroke, regardless of whether or not you exercise. This study was conducted at Brigham and Women's Hospital. It is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Ever wish you could keep an eye on your baby's fever without having to take their temperature? Well, now you can. The Bebe sounds remote fever monitor can measure your baby's temperature, even from another room. The device has three components- a child's thermometer, a monitor and a special belt you attach to the thermometer on the baby. Parents simply set the alarm to a specific temperature and if the child reaches that number an alarm sounds. The fever monitor costs about $60. You can order one by going to www.bebesounds,com.