Doctor's Orders: Sep. 19, 2005

NEW HEART TIP: SKIP THE FISH OIL

Casting more doubt on the power of fish oil, a European study finds that the supplement offers no protection against irregular heart rhythm in patients with implanted defibrillators. After taking 2 g of fish oil daily for a year, 30% of patients had life-threatening arrhythmia or died, compared with 33% of the placebo group.

GOOD NEWS FOR GERMOPHOBES

If you're wondering whether that sanitizing hand gel really does you any good, a new report in Pediatrics says yes. In a five-month study of 292 Boston-area families, those who regularly rubbed on the alcohol-based gels...

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