Volume 11 Issue 240
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Sep-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 15-Sep-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Communication problems in dementia care cause physical strain

Excessive physical strain in dementia care is not so much related to equipment or the resident's body weight as it is due to communication problems and misunderstandings. This is shown in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. more  

Ice cream may target the brain before your hips, UT Southwestern study suggests

Findings from a new UT Southwestern Medical Center study suggest that fat from certain foods we eat makes its way to the brain. Once there, the fat molecules cause the brain to send messages to the body's cells, warning them to ignore the appetite-suppressing signals from leptin and insulin, hormones involved in weight regulation. more

Depression increases cancer patients' risk of dying

Depression can affect a cancer patient's likelihood of survival. That is the finding of an analysis published in the November 15, 2009 issue of Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results highlight the need for systematic screening of psychological distress and subsequent treatments. more  

The future of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a major public health problem. Affecting almost 1% of the world's population, it takes an enormous economic and social toll in addition to the distress, dysfunction, disability and mortality for those afflicted with this disease. Elements of the disease are present from birth, other aspects emerge during developmental years, and the illness becomes fully expressed in early adulthood with long-lasting implications for most patients. more

Overeating, alcohol abuse and depression intertwined in young women  

On TV, Sex and the City makes regular Cosmo-drinking sessions seem like a glamorous, harmless pastime. In reality, though, excessive alcohol use can relate to overeating and depression in young women, according to the results of a new study. more

FDA clears a test for ovarian cancer  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared a test that can help detect ovarian cancer in a pelvic mass that is already known to require surgery. The test, called OVA1, helps patients and health care professionals decide what type of surgery should be done and by whom. more

HHS and USDA Unveil New Food Safety Consumer Web Site at www.foodsafety.gov

New site features the latest food safety and recall information from across the government more

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