Volume 11 Issue 185
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jul-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 18-Jul-2009






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Large epidemiologic study supports brain power of fish in older people

Experts estimate that over 24 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and many of these people live in low- and middle-income countries. Recently, there has been growing interest in whether dietary factors, particularly oily fish and meat, might influence the onset and/or severity of dementia. more  

The fancier the cortex, the smarter the brain?

Why are some people smarter than others? In a new article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Eduardo Mercado III from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, describes how certain aspects of brain structure and function help determine how easily we learn new things, and how learning capacity contributes to individual differences in intelligence. more

Hospital software improves patient satisfaction at discharge from hospital

When hospitalists use discharge communication software, patients and the outpatient doctors who carry out the care have better perceptions of the quality of the discharge process, according to new research published in the August issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. more  

New study uses wastewater to map large-scale patterns of illicit drug use

A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the US state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated. more

One disease, two effects: stroke  

Congress is expected to take up legislation this summer aimed at improving the nationís healthcare system. Whatever the shape of the final bill, it will have at least some impact on one of the three leading causes of death in the U.S.: stroke. more

Researchers investigate high-risk populations for bladder-cancer screenings 

A new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers sheds light on the challenges involved in identifying which high-risk population would benefit most from bladder-cancer screening. more

Genetic source of muscular dystrophy neutralized

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found a way to block the genetic flaw at the heart of a common form of muscular dystrophy. The results of the study, which were published today in the journal Science, could pave the way for new therapies that essentially reverse the symptoms of the disease. more

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A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the US state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated.