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Health line

By Times wires and staff
Published March 7, 2006

IT'S NOT EASY for a woman to talk about losing her breasts to cancer. Putting on a swimsuit or trying on a blouse can be an uncomfortable experience for women who have undergone mastectomies or lumpectomies. Debbie McNicol, a Morton Plant Mease nurse and manager of mastectomy services, will lead a demonstration on how breast cancer survivors can be professionally fitted for a bra and prosthesis and wear a swimsuit with confidence. The demonstration is at 12:15 p.m. March 14 at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. The event is free, but registration is recommended. Call (727) 725-6016.

ARTHRITIS . . . AND YOU a public educational seminar will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. The guest speaker is Amye Leong, author of Get a Grip: A Take-Charge Approach to Arthritis. To get more information or to register, call (813) 968-7000 or toll-free 1-800-850-9455. The cost is $35 a person or $30 for Arthritis Foundation members. Registration includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

MEN WITH ERECTILE dysfunction (ED) that does not respond to Viagra might benefit by adding the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Lipitor. In research sponsored by Pfizer, maker of both drugs, "Viagra nonresponders'' whose ED may be linked to vascular abnormalities improved after adding the statin.

TRY THIS ON the kids: If you do drugs, your head might explode. A new study reveals that one-fifth of young adults with a frequently fatal kind of stroke caused when a blood vessel bursts inside the brain were drug abusers. Cocaine was the drug found most often in these patients, but marijuana and amphetamines were also commonly used, report researchers at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference.

CHEWING GUM MAY help people recover more quickly after bowel surgery. A study of 34 patients in this month's issue of the Archives of Surgery found that those who chewed felt hungry sooner than those who did not. They were also quicker to pass gas and have a bowel movement, which are signs of recovery. There was no indication of any benefit from swallowing the gum.

Times wires and staff

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