Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pneumonia vaccine may cut risk of MIs

From the article:
A vaccine that helps protect against pneumonia can also cut the risk of heart attacks, opening the door to a safe and inexpensive way to prevent thousands of cardiac deaths each year, new research shows.

The vaccine, typically used to protect the elderly against the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia, can lower the rate of heart attacks by as much as 50 per cent, says the study, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Click here to access the lay article. Click here to access the CMAJ abstract (sub. req.).

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