In Brief: Nov. 22, 1999

SOUL MATES The danger of heart disease is a family affair. Women whose husbands suffer a heart attack or undergo open-heart surgery turn out to share many of their husbands' cardiovascular risk factors. Among them: high body mass, smoking and little exercise. A report unveiled at an American Heart Association meeting last week indicates that many spouses don't realize they share a high-risk lifestyle. The implications: doctors need to develop a family approach to prevention and treatment; spouses should keep informed.

LET THERE BE LIGHT There is good news for families on both sides of the church-state divide. A broad coalition...

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