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Smoking ban saves lives / baby aspirin best.

Hospital admissions for heart attacks dropped by 8% in New York State in 2004, the year after a comprehensive smoking ban went into effect, according to a recent report in the American Journal of Public Health. That number takes into account improved medical care and other factors.

Similarly, Ireland's heart attack rate fell by 11% the year after the introduction of its ban on smoking in public places that started in 2004.

On another note, a new review in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the optimal daily dose of aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attacks is 81 milligrams, the amount in a baby aspirin. Taking more does not protect the heart more, but increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers.

From UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, Vol. 24, Issue 3, December 2007, p. 1

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