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July 25, 2011
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Two Drugs for Dementia Ineffective. The antidepressants most often prescribed to treat depression in dementia patients provide no appreciable relief, and may raise the risk for serious side effects, new British research suggests.

Two Drugs for Dementia Ineffective. The antidepressants most often prescribed to treat depression in dementia patients provide no appreciable relief, and may raise the risk for serious side effects, new British research suggests.

Worst Restaurant Foods in US Named. A pork belly-topped cheeseburger, a sandwich stuffed with mozzarella sticks, and a 1,540-calorie slice of cheesecake were among the dishes identified by a health advocacy group for over-the-top fat and sodium content.

Aspirin Holiday May Increase MI Risk. Those at risk of cardiovascular events who stop taking low doses of aspirin are at an increased risk of myocardial infarction, a large case-controlled study found.

Shortages Seen for Cancer Drug. Johnson & Johnson is warning doctors not to start new patients on its cancer drug Doxil due to a supply shortage—the latest in a series of shortages from various drug makers that have hamstrung health-care providers. Doxis is FDA approved for ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma and AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Optimists May Have Fewer Strokes. People who view the world through rose-colored glasses may have the best view, according to researchers who suggest that a healthy dose of optimism can reduce the risk of stroke.