12 March 2006

Winter's End Health Notes

St. Patrick's Day is Friday. The following week is the end of winter. What health news can we offer at this juncture?

A new vaccine can significantly reduce bacterially based ear infections (free registration required to access Lancet abstract).

Maternal exercise produces smarter babies in mouse studies.

Calcium consumption from diary products doesn't help middle aged men lose weight. Earlier indications that it did were an artifact of diary consumers tending to exercise more.

The mechanism for the stress-heart attack link may be a change in blood composition that flows from stress.

An experimental indigestion drug appears to work.

Three-quarters of age related macular degeneration cases are linked to just two genes.

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