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January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King Dies at 78

Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died at the age of 78. (excite.com)

Posted by news editor at 08:25 AM

January 26, 2006

Heart Surgery Drug Aprotinin Doubles a Patient's Risk of Kidney Failure

A popular drug given to more than a million people since 1993 to limit blood loss during heart surgery doubles a patient's risk of kidney failure and substantially increases the risk of a heart attack, a major study has found.

The research, being published today in the New England Journal of Medicine with a supportive editorial and commentary, concluded that use of the drug -- Bayer Corp.'s aprotinin -- causes more than 11,000 patients worldwide to need kidney dialysis each year. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 12:36 PM

January 17, 2006

Heart Benefits of Aspirin Vary by Sex

The benefits of taking aspirin regularly differs between men and women, reducing the risk of heart attacks in men while reducing the risk of strokes in women, researchers said on Tuesday. (MSNBC)

Posted by news editor at 04:57 PM

January 15, 2006

Shelley Winters Dies From Heart Failure

Shelley Winters, the forceful, outspoken star who graduated from blond bombshell parts to dramas, winning Academy Awards as supporting actress in The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue, has died. She was 85. (canada.com)

Posted by news editor at 08:45 AM

January 03, 2006

L-Arginine May Harm Heart Patients

Heart attack patients should avoid the dietary supplement L-arginine based on a study that was scuttled after six volunteers taking the over-the-counter supplement died, researchers said on Tuesday.

The study of 153 people who had had heart attacks and continued to have symptoms of heart disease found no benefit from taking the supplement sometimes advertised as having the potential to reduce vascular stiffness. (MSNBC)

Posted by news editor at 03:51 PM