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Tuesday, March 1, 2005; Page HE02

BUGGED BY LARIAM A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry shows that people on the anti-malaria drug mefloquine (Lariam) seem prone to psychiatric events.

Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam studied data from 111 people who had experienced a psychiatric event while traveling and 453 travelers who had not. The most common events were depression, anxiety attacks, psychosis and insomnia, but there were also instances of collapse, hallucinations and disorientation. Overall, mefloquine users were 3.5 times more likely to have had a psychiatric event than were people who did not take the drug. Women and patients with a psychiatric history faced higher risks.

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THE MEAT BEAT After following nearly 30,000 women for 15 years, investigators found that women were more likely to die from heart disease if they often substituted red meat for carbohydrates. Swapping vegetable sources of protein for carbs appeared to protect hearts.

"Our main finding was that animal compared to vegetable sources of protein seem to have a different effect on dying from heart disease," said study author Linda E. Kelemen from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

For this reason, she recommended that people on high-protein diets opt for vegetable proteins such as tofu, nuts and peanut butter, or healthier meats like chicken or fish.

The study, which is based on reported behavior rather than clinical trials, appears in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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