Your Health: Nov. 4, 2002

WONDER DRUG Aspirin packs a protective punch against cardiovascular disease, but surgeons have long been worried that it could trigger bleeding after a bypass operation. A study of more than 5,000 patients, however, found aspirin to be well worth the risk if given within 48 hours of the surgery, since it greatly lowered chances of death or nonfatal circulatory complications--regardless of gender, race, age or the disease's severity.

RELEASE VALVE A 50-year-old therapy for hydrocephalus--water on the brain--is showing new promise as a treatment for Alzheimer's. Surgeons implanted a catheter behind the ear of a dozen patients to drain fluid from...

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