Doctor's Order: Aug. 8, 2005

NO CURE FOR THE COMMON COLD The millions of people who buy echinacea to prevent or relieve cold symptoms may be wasting their money, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a test of 500 subjects, those taking the herb fared no better than those taking a placebo.

76% of doctors in the U.S. believe in God (83% of all Americans do). But compared with the general public, M.D.s are:

26 times as likely to be Hindu

6 times as likely to be Buddhist

5 times as likely to be Muslim

Source: Journal of General Internal...

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