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Does tetracycline limit heart attacks?
Heart attack patients are less likely than other patients to have taken the common antibiotic tetracycline within the past 3 years, implicating infection as a potential cause of cardiovascular disease.
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Paul W. Ewald
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8
Christoph R. Meier
Boston University Medical Center
Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program
11 Muzzey Street
Lexington, MA 02421
F. Javier Nieto
Johns Hopkins University
School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
From Science News, Vol. 155, No. 6, February 6, 1999, p. 86. Copyright © 1999, Science Service.