Your Health: Jul. 27, 1998

GOOD NEWS ON ASTHMA

Many people with mild asthma suffer attacks while exercising, or worse, avoid exercise altogether for fear of their symptoms. This week studies showed that two prescription drugs--montelukast, a pill, and salmeterol, an inhalant--can be used effectively on a daily basis to prevent exercise-induced wheezing.

BAD NEWS ON DEPRESSION

Nearly 40 years of data on 1,190 men have shown that those with depression are about twice as likely to develop heart disease, including fatal heart attacks--even when adjusting for factors like smoking and cholesterol. Researchers can't explain the connection, but advise those with depression to take other heart...

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