Volume 11 Issue 226
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Aug-2009 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Depression and anxiety affect up to 15 percent of preschoolers

Almost 15 percent of preschoolers have atypically high levels of depression and anxiety, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The five-year investigation also found that children with atypically high depression and anxiety levels are more likely to have mothers with a history of depression. more  

New tool to predict the risk of death in copd may help physicians to individualize treatment

Researchers have developed an index scale to help physicians predict a patientís risk of dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The ADO index can help physicians assess the severity of a patientís illness to determine the appropriate level of treatment. COPD, which comprises emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a major public health problem and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. The study of the ADO index is published in the August 29 edition of The Lancet. more

Hopelessness linked to thickening of neck arteries, stroke in healthy women; Apathy common among stroke survivors, may slow recovery

Feelings of hopelessness appear to be associated with increased thickening of neck arteries in healthy, middle-aged women, while apathy among stroke survivors appears common and may impede recovery, according to two unrelated studies reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. more  

Abstaining from alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of depression

Abstaining from alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of depression according to a new study published in Addiction journal. more

Handwriting-based tool offers alternate lie detection method  

For ages experts and laymen have been analyzing and trying to crack the code of handwriting characteristics, in order to detect an individual's personality traits, or in most cases, gauge their innocence in the case of a crime. Although this science has often gone the way of pseudoscience, researchers are now discovering that with the aid of a computerized tool, handwriting characteristics can be measured more effectively. more

Regular electrocardiograms may help physicians identify patients at risk of sudden cardiac death  

QRS duration (QRSd) is one of several measures of heart function recorded during a routine electrocardiogram (ECG). It is a composite of waves showing the length of time it takes for an electrical signal to get all the way through the pumping chambers of the heart. Prolonged QRSd is a sign of an abnormal electrical system of the heart and is often found when the heart isn't pumping efficiently. more

UF scientists construct 'off switch' for Parkinson therapy

A common antibiotic can function as an "off switch" for a gene therapy being developed for Parkinson's disease, according to University of Florida researchers writing online in advance of September's Molecular Therapy. more

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Feelings of hopelessness appear to be associated with increased thickening of neck arteries in healthy, middle-aged women.