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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8A g HeraldZettung Q Health Briefs Doctors miMt brldgo comprehension gap When doctors give patients health instructions after a serious illness are they in effect talking to the wall That seems to be happening in many cases according to a study of 99 patients and their doctors which found that physicians overestimate patients understanding of the postdischarge treatment plan Fiftyseven percent of the patients who had heart attacks or pneumonia said they understood the potential side effects of their medications while 89 of the physicians said they thought patients understood Dr David R Calkins of the University of Kansas School of Medicine reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine Bad diet bad health felt by low income groups Bad diets may significantly affect the health of lower socioeconomic groups according to a study of British households The survey found that lowincome groups consumed more highfat foods and fewer fresh fruits and vegetables than higherincome people Dr Ann Ralph of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen Scotland reported in the British Medical Journal Lower income groups took in lesser amounts of calcium iron magnesium B vitamins and vitamin C Milk may help prevent cancer ROSEMONT 111 A research review published in the June issue of Journal of Nutrition concludes that components found naturally in milkfat may be anticarcinogenic The author emphasized that diet often piays an important role in the prevention or development of cancer and that looking at the cancer preventive attributes of natural components in foods is now a key research area In the case of milk products research indicates that certain components in milkfat may have such cancerpreventive effects Milkfat is the richest natural dietary source of conjugated linoleic acid a potential anticarcinogen The growing amount of research on CLA includes animal studies in which CLA prevented growth of skin and mammary tumors and other research in which CLA inhibited the growth of human skin breast and colon cancer Most kids make grade with breakfast Most students age 8 to 13 are starting the day off right by eating breakfast according to a survey on childrens eating habits conducted by the National Dairy Council Yet as many as 30 percent of students do not eat breakfast Of the 600 students polled 8to 9yearolds are more likely to eat breakfast every day 79 percent than 12to 13year olds 59 The survey demonstrates that as kids get older they are less likely to eat a morning meal which can result in snacking on less nutritious foods throughout the day In addition to missing out on essential vitamins and minerals studies show that skipping breakfast also may affect performance at school The survey also found that while 50 percent of children fix their own breakfast only half of the older ones choose milk as their morning beverage Respiratory virus may indicate repeat heart attacks Study finds antibiotic DALLAS AP Treatment of a virus that commonly causes lung inflammation may head off repeat heart attacks a study has concluded Presence of the virus may be a predictor that a heart patient will suffer a second heart attack according to findings published in Mondays edition of the American Heart Association journal Circulation The study by British researchers found that treatment with a common antibiotic seems to reduce risk of another attack As part of their study Dr Sandeep Gupta and his colleagues at St Georges Hospital Medical School in London measured levels of implications for preventing the onset the bacteria and development of heart antibodies to an organism called of heart problems but a bigger study problems In a report in Circulation last His study involved 213 men who December researchers from the had had heart attacks i w vuiiou ui ircoii piuuicms out H Digger siuay mignt Help patients Chlamydia pneumoniae in patients is needed to confirm that Gupta said with a history of heart attacks Some patients with the highest antibody levels were given antibiotics Gupta and his colleagues then documented which patients went on to experience other heart disease problems that required treatments such as bypass surgeries angioplasties or heart drugs Some patients died or had second heart attacks The researchers found that the patients who had received antibiotics had no greater risk of developing further heart problems than did patients who never had been infected with the organism The findings might have important Gupta said he did not know if the presence of antibody meant the patients had an ongoing infection or if the infection had occurred in the past Inflammation caused by a variety of germs has been implicated in the development of heart disease Scientists believe that such infections somehow play a part in damage to arteries leading to complete blockage of the blood flow and a heart attack Gupta said the association between high levels of Chlamydia antibodies and coronary artery disease is unclear at present He said he does not yet know the exact connection between University of Washington found evidence of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in fatty tissues taken from the carotid arteries that supply blood to the head The tissues were removed because they were blocking the arteries and impeding blood flow to the head a indication that there was a disease process in effect RADZOI 10 MINUTE mmm Alliance launches pressure campaign The Alliance for Aging Research and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute an arm of the National Institutes of Health has launched a new educational campaign against high blood pressure called You Have What it Takes to Control High Blood The public health collaboration targets health care professionals and older people especially women Three of every four women with high blood pressure are aware that they have it yet fewer than one in three keep it under says NHLBI director Dr Claude Lenfant Unfortunately people may think they are doing all the right things to control their blood pressure but for many reasons it may still be Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure including more than half of women and men between ages 60 and 74 Blood pressure is the force of the blood flow against the vessel walls The higher the pressure the harder the heart is working Left uncontrolled high blood pressure or hypertension can lead to heart attack heart failure kidney disease stroke and other complications To boost consumer awareness campaign coordinators are distributing a free brochure Controlling High Blood Pressure A Womans Guide It explains high blood pressure as well as diet exercise and other lifestyle changes women can make to prevent or control hypertension and key questions to ask your doctor Free classes available Sessions conducted Wednesday evenings Herbal Hour offers free classes being taught each Wednesday at at the Coma County Senior Citizens Center The schedule include Aug 6 Kirkpatrick will tell you everything you wanted to know about Hypotherapy but didnt know who to ask Kirkpatrick is recovering from multiple strokes Aug 13 Merlene Weir will g talk and demonstrate Reiki Weir is a Reiki master Aug 20 National Solutions to Common Health Complaints by Mary McFadden will cover doing a personal health inventory where body strengths and weaknesses are identified Aug 11 LeBore Smith will give a talk on acupuncture This will be Smiths second time to talk to the herb group For more information please contact Mary McFadden at 625 5935 or 6256446 The booklet lists the nine principle types of high blood pressure medication generic names for each and how they work Older people especially women need to take action and communicate with their doctors about high blood says Daniel Perry executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research in Washington Thats why were launching this program to provide health care professionals and patients with upto date For a free copy of the campaign booklet call the NHLBI at 1800 575WELL or write the Alliance for Aging Research 2021 K St NW Suite 305 Washington 20006 1003 Tribune Media Services Spin for your health Spinning is the latest craze sweeping Americas health clubs While it might sound innovative it is nothing more than a new workout on an old piece of equipment the stationary bike Spinning is like an aerobics class on a said Cianca a sports medicine specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Many fitness clubs have instructors who conduct spinning classes that work on cycling techniques we make you smile the dental office of wendy woodall dds is now open at the lake near mountain valley pharmacy shopping center for your appointment call 9072308 Do You Have Mild to Moderate Asthma If so we need qualified volunteers 12 years of age or older to participate in an asthma research study Participants will receive physician monitoring an EKG lab work chest xray and asthma at no cost Compensation up to for your time Children Studies Now Enrolling Metro6090900 Central Texas Health Research Give your feet loving care While exercise is great for the heart it can take a toll on the soles of your feet that is Feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body when it comes to said David Brennan an exercise physiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Most people dont think about taking care of their feet until they hurt By that time damage may have already Using proper shoes for your exercise is the most important step you can take to avoid foot problems If youre participating in several activities you need more than one pair of cautioned Brennan Sportspecific shoes can help prevent In addition Brennan recommends Always wearing socks to help absorb the shock of exercise and keep feet dry Clipping toenails Pressure from shoes can irritate nails causing them to fall off Rubbing or soaking feet after workouts This helps to increase circulation and relax 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