Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 329 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Nov-2003
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Information for patients: Keep the beat -- Heart healthy recipes
Here's proof that what's good for your heart can be great for your taste buds. As the recipes in this special collection show, you don't have to lose flavor to gain heart health and "keep the beat". Enjoy "Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken," "Red Hot Fusilli," "Crunchy Pumpkin Pie," and "Summer Breezes Smoothie." Contains more than 100 pages of tempting heart healthy, taste-tested recipes sure to please you and your family. Turn your meals from "ho-hum" to "yum-yum" experiences. Full color. NIH Publication No. 03-2921. 145 pages.  more

FDA approves Climara Pro to treat menopause symptoms: New transdermal therapy offers low hormone doses
Berlex, Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Schering AG, Germany (NYSE: SHR), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing approval for Climara Pro(estradiol/levonorgestrel) transdermal system. Climara Pro, a thin, translucent patch, is the first once-a-week, combined hormone therapy for the relief of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats.  more


Prescribing information: Climara
Two well-controlled, randomized clinical trials showed that Climara Pro rapidly and effectively controlled menopausal symptoms. For many patients, the frequency and severity of hot flashes was significantly reduced as early as week one, and 90 percent of women experienced an 80 percent reduction in hot flash frequency by week 12.  more

Patients starting cholesterol-lowering drugs in hospital take meds longer
Starting patients on cholesterol-lowering drugs in the hospital instead of after they go home may increase the likelihood that they will continue taking their medications longer, according to an article in the November 24 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  more

Self-management program helps patients with acute low back pain
A self-management program consisting of group classes, exercise sheet handouts and telephone follow-up may help inner-city patients with acute low back pain manage their pain and improve function, according to an article in the November 24 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

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