Learn how having a sibling with so-called "left anterior descending" coronary artery disease is an important risk factor for developing heart disease in this medical report.
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This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Germany, having a sibling with a so-called left anterior descending coronary artery disease is an important risk factor for developing heart disease. Those whose siblings had this problem were three times more likely to have a heart attack than those who only had a family history of heart disease. The findings may have important implications for screening. From Washington, the Redmond-based software giant Microsoft, is entering the healthcare arena. The company is launching an electronic medical record called HealthVault that patients can use to store their confidential medical information. The company believes that the EMR will lower medical errors and improve the portability of important information. From Maryland, the FDA is considering a third class of medicines that would exist between prescription drugs and those available over the counter. Behind-the-counter medicines physically reside behind the pharmacist's counter and would require conversation with a pharmacist. The class might include drugs like the contraceptive plan B and cold remedies containing Pseudoephedrine. And finally, from Wisconsin, researchers have identified changes that allow the bird flu to become more likely to infect humans. Over the past decade, over 250 human cases have been identified, of which 150 were lethal. A single point mutation could allow the virus to better infect the upper respiratory tracts of humans. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Susan Sharma.

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