33MD for March 16, 2009

POSTED: Monday, March 16, 2009 - 6:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

New recommendations support taking a daily aspirin. The U.S. Preventative Services task force says there’s good evidence aspirin helps men and women in different ways. The panel says aspirin prevents heart attacks in men at risk for heart disease, but not strokes. For women, it prevents strokes, but not heart attacks. The panel says the benefits of aspirin outweigh the possible risk of bleeding in the digestive tract in certain people

Feeling older may stat sooner in life, in fact experts say the symptoms are showing up in people in their twenties. Doctors at the University of Virginia say your mind’s ability to reason and think quickly starts to slow down by the age of 27. Scientists say the mind peaks at 22, much earlier than originally thought. Some 2,000 patients were looked at for the study.

Whether you’re at the wheel driving or just a passenger, dealing with traffic problems can make even the calmest of people frustrated. But it might be doing something even worse than giving you a tension headache. Day in, day out, navigating the roads can be stressful. Just ask Tami Garcia. But according to a study presented to the American Heart Association, just being on the road can increase your risk of a heart attack. Annette Peters of Germany Institute of Epidemiology says, “Within one hour of being in traffic, the people had a heart attack and we saw this whether they were in cars, in public transport, or on a bicycle.” Peters says while air pollution associated with driving is known to increase the risk of heart attack, the numbers in this study say stress behind the wheel may also play a role. While there’s no way most of us can avoid those lane changes and traffic lights, you can reduce your risk in other ways. “Live healthier lifestyles because this risk of traffic is on top of your other risks for a heart attack.” Advice drivers should take to heart.

In other medical news, a new lie detector device may have people thinking twice before calling in sick. A social security office in London has been using the system to determine if people are telling the truth when they call to say they won’t be at work due to illness. The system is called voice-risk analysis. It was previously used in the UK to identify people who were trying to file false benefits claims.