Your Health: Oct. 5, 1998

GOOD NEWS ON STROKES

It's O.K. Go bananas. A major study out last week finds that men whose diets are loaded with potassium-rich foods--including bananas, tomatoes and oranges--may be able to cut their risk of stroke by one-third. Resist the temptation to take potassium supplements though: they may be harmful, especially if you have kidney problems.

BAD NEWS ON HEART ATTACKS

For decades the number of new heart attacks in the U.S. was declining. That trend may be over. A study published last week shows that since 1987 the overall rate has flattened out--and among black women it has gone up....

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