Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 261 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Sep-2003
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Commonwealth fund compares the presidential candidates' health care proposals (Summary)
Rising health care costs, an unstable economy, and the growing ranks of the uninsured have made health care reform a hot-button issue for the first time in a decade. So far, seven candidates for the 2004 presidential election, including President Bush, have offered their proposals to extend health insurance to millions of Americans. A new analysis from the Commonwealth fund reviews the candidates' strategies and compares the numbers of uninsured who would be covered under each plan as well as the estimated costs. The Fund will be providing updated analyses as new plans emerge and more details become available. more

Enzyme discovery sheds light on causes of rare disease, cancer
Discovery of a new enzyme, PHF9, is providing insight into the biological processes involved in development of Fanconi anemia (FA), a rare genetic disorder that primarily affects children. The detection of the enzyme enhances understanding of the common DNA repair pathways involved in FA, as well as certain cancers and aging, scientists say. Better understanding of these pathways could lead to new therapies for Fanconi anemia.  more


Discovering the fat in trans fat
Scientific evidence shows that consumption of saturated fat, transfat, and dietary cholesterol raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, levels, which increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, more than 12.5 million Americans have CHD, and more than 500,000 die each year. That makes CHD one of the leading causes of death in the United States.  more

Daily aspirin therapy
In recent years, there have been many television ads promoting aspirin's ability to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in certain groups of people. Deciding to take an aspirin a day is not as simple as it may seem. The FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has launched a public education campaign to remind consumers that aspirin is not without risk; the decision to use aspirin to prevent a heart attack and stroke is safest when made in consultation with a health professional.  more

Information for patients: Aspirin for reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke - Know the facts
Every prescription and over-the-counter medicine has benefits and risks even such a common and familiar medicine as aspirin. Aspirin use can result in serious side effects, such as stomach bleeding, bleeding in the brain, kidney failure, and some kinds of strokes. No medicine is completely safe. By carefully reviewing many different factors, your health professional can help you make the best choice for you.  more

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