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November 15, 1995
Web posted at: 6:50 p.m. EST

Survey: One in three women abused

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- A survey of nearly 2,000 women has found that one in three has been the victim of domestic abuse.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study appears in Wednesday's edition of the Philadelphia-based Annals of Internal Medicine. Patients in four Baltimore hospitals answered the survey.

The lead author of the study said doctors need more training to identify abuse in their patients, because women do not volunteer that information. She said she believes the study's results reflect the general U.S. population.

Heart patients aren't always getting the best treatment

ANAHEIM, California (CNN) -- The American Heart Association reports most heart disease patients aren't getting the best treatment available.

At the AHA convention in Anaheim, president Dr. Sydney Smith blamed doctors for not prescribing certain medications, and insurance companies for not paying for them. For example, Smith said, most heart disease patients still don't get important cholesterol-reducing drugs. The medications have shown to reduce deaths, hospitalizations, and repeat heart attacks.

Heart disease kills 500,000 Americans each year.

Two new weapons to fight cholesterol reported

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Two separate studies reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine provide some hope for people with high cholesterol levels.

One details a new cholesterol-lowering drug, pravastatin, made under the name Pravachol by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Researches tested the medication on nearly 7,000 Scottish men who had never had a heart attack, and whose cholesterol was moderately high. The drug lowered their cholesterol levels by 20 percent.

The other study describes how a margarine enhanced with the plant chemical sitostanol ester reduced cholesterol levels in people who ate it over a one-year period by 10 percent.


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