Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Body and Mind

Taking care of your whole self


After care: Antidepressants for stroke patients - whether or not they're depressed - seem to increase survival.

Researchers at the University of Iowa found that antidepressants might reduce the risk of dying from heart attack or a second stroke.

"The study implications are impressive because they indicate patients with stroke may benefit from prevention strategies that use antidepressants to improve recovery and also reduce mortality," said Dr. Ricardo Jorge, a psychiatrist and co-investigator on the study. "The findings are also important when you take into account that post-stroke depression is so frequent."

The study followed 104 patients given Prozac, nortriptyline or a placebo. Researchers said longer-term, larger studies are needed. One in five stroke survivors develop major depression.

Hot news

Safe sleep: Babies put to sleep in an adult bed are up to 40 times more likely to suffocate than babies who sleep in cribs.

That's the conclusion of a study released this month from Dr. James Kemp, a pediatrician at St. Louis University and director of the Sleep Lab at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

The study looked at babies 8 months and younger.


Baby health: October is Healthy Baby Month, and the Greater Cincinnati March of Dimes is offering free "Healthy Baby Kits" to expectant moms or women planning to become pregnant. Kits include information on healthy behavior before and during pregnancy, newborn care, warning signs of pre-term labor. Information: 769-3588.


Heart help: St. Luke Hospitals kick off "Wellness Wednesdays" from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today with women's heart health screenings at St. Luke West in Florence. Information: (859) 962-5600 or Web site.

Breakfast: LifeCenter Organ Donor Network will hold its first "Celebrate Life" community breakfast Nov. 11 at the Marriott Kingsgate to encourage minorities to register as organ donors. Speaker is Connie Payton, widow of NFL great Walter Payton. Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for children. Information: Tyrha M. Lindsey, 961-5200.


Guy thing: Visit for information on diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer and other men's health issues. This national campaign is spearheaded by football broadcaster and former coach and player Mike Ditka The site offers a free men's health guide.

Shelf help

Survival: After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment (Bantam; $14.95) by Hester Hill Schipper offers advice on making the transition from breast cancer patient to survivor. Topics include self-image, fear of recurrence, relationships and intimacy and the pros and cons of genetic testing.

Contact Peggy O'Farrell b y phone, 768-8510; fax, 768-8330, or e-mail, pofarrell@enquirer .com

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