Volume 10 Issue 142
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-May-2008 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-May-2008





Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Information for patients: Managing loose stools (diarrhea) caused by radiation therapy

Managing the side effects of radiation therapy doesn't have to be difficult. Read this easy-to-read fact sheet for radiation therapy patients that includes information and tips to help people manage diarrhea, feel better during treatment, and talk with their doctor or nurse. more  

Sentinel system to monitor medical product safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled plans for the Sentinel Initiative, a strategy to create and implement a national, integrated, electronic system for monitoring medical product safety. more

Blood cholesterol levels predict risk of heart disease due to hormone therapy

A new analysis of a subgroup of participants in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) hormone therapy clinical trials suggests that healthy, postmenopausal women whose blood cholesterol levels are normal or lower are not at increased, short-term risk for heart attack when taking hormone therapy. more  

Anti-HIV drugs reduce the cause of some forms of vision loss

A potential new therapeutic use for anti-HIV drugs known as protease inhibitors has been suggested by a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Inserm U848, France, as a result of their work in a mouse model of retinal detachment. more

It’s not an AKT: genetic variation affects brain region dysfunctional in schizophrenia  

New data, generated by Daniel Weinberger and colleagues, at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, have indicated that in healthy individuals, variation in a gene known as AKT1 affects the structure and function of part of the brain that is dysfunctional in individuals with schizophrenia. more

Study identifies food-related clock in the brain 

In investigating the intricacies of the body’s biological rhythms, scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have discovered the existence of a “food-related clock” which can supersede the “light-based” master clock that serves as the body’s primary timekeeper. more

Novel toxin receptor discovered for ulcer-causing stomach pathogen

Helicobacter pylori is one tough bug. It can survive in the human stomach, a zone with a pH somewhere between that of lemon juice and battery acid. Now researchers have discovered how an H. pylori toxin gets into cells, a feat that helps the bacterium live in one of the most inhospitable environments in the body. more

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