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Beta-blockers beneficial in treating heart failure

Stanford University School of Medicine

Beta-blockers, a class of heart drugs long deemed risky for people with heart failure, can actually prevent deaths in those patients, according to a data reanalysis conducted by a research fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Benefits Of Supplements Are Recognized

Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)

The scientific literature amply demonstrates the effectiveness of supplementation with multivitamins containing folic acid (a B vitamin). Numerous studies confirm that women who take multivitamins before they become pregnant, and very early in pregnancy, have a much lower chance of having a baby born with a birth defect such as spina bifida.

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New Hope For America's 10 Million Dentophobics

Zynyx

Even the most fearful can now find solace in the dentist's chair. Noven Pharmaceuticals new DentiPatch(tm) offers penetrating, pain-free anesthesia.

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Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine by U-M Researcher is 93% Effective

University of Michigan

A nasal spray influenza vaccine pioneered by Hunein F. Maassab, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has proved 93 percent effective in a major study of 1,600 children across the country. The vaccine triggers an early, local antibody response in the nasal passages. Influenza kills 20,000 people each year in the United States alone.

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Prenatal Multivitamins Fail Industry Test for Folic Acid

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy found poor folic acid dissolution in six prenatal prescription multivitamins they tested, raising questions as to whether or not absorption by the body is complete. Tests of nine prenatal prescription multivitamins found six products did not release at least 75 percent of the amount of folic acid listed on their labels in one hour, an industry standard set in 1995.

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TipSheet from the American College of Physicians

American College of Physicians (ACP)

1) Kidney dialysis and aggressive end-of-life care is not cost effective for seriously ill patients. 2) Intake of too much Vitamin D can lead to thinning of bones. 3) Hospitals and physicians are not equipped to deal with the medical and psychosocial problems of dying patients. 4) A commentary on the new guidelines for diagnosing and treating diabetes and classification by blood sugar levels.

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Strategy Used by Artificial Neural Nets Discovered in Memory Systems of Brain Tissue

University of California San Diego

In a surprising twist, a team of neurobiologists at the University of California, San Diego has discovered that a powerful strategy used by artificial neural networks for learning and memory has a counterpart in a living brain.

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Researcher spends retirement promoting non-surgical treatment of clubfoot

University of Iowa

For 50 years, Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti, professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been telling his colleagues that surgery is not the proper method for correcting clubfoot in infants.

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August 1997--Tipsheet part 2

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Tips from the American Psychiatric Association: 1)Managed Care Case Study Collection - New APA Resource, 2) Smaller APA Meeting in October Provides Story Ideas, 3) Datebook of Upcoming APA Events, 4) List of Free APA Resources Available for Media

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August 1997 Tipsheet

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Tips from the American Psychiatric Association: 1) Researchers May Have Found Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Before Dementia Strikes, 2) Fewer Obsessive-compulsives than Previously Thought 3) Gay Men at Greater Risk for Eating Disorders,4) Managed Mental Health Care Meets Academia, 5)Parents Helping Children Survive Divorce - New Book

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