Volume 11 Issue 277
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Oct-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 21-Oct-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Illness often undiscovered and undertreated among the uninsured: Harvard study

A new study shows uninsured American adults with chronic illnesses like diabetes or high cholesterol often go undiagnosed and undertreated, leading to an increased risk of costly, disabling and even lethal complications of their disease. more  

Accelerated bone growth may be an indicator of hypertension in children

Children whose bones are "older" than their chronological age may be at an increased risk of hypertension, according to a study reported today (19 October) in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.(1) As a result, the investigators suggest that markers of biological maturity should be evaluated in hypertensive children, and that physical activity and diet may deter the accelerated development of biological maturity. more

Better blood screening process needed to prevent babesiosis transmission

Babesiosis is a potentially dangerous parasitic disease transmitted by ticks and is common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest. Babesia lives inside of red blood cells, meaning it can also be transmitted through a blood transfusion from an infected but otherwise asymptomatic blood donor. more  

NIH launches second phase of patient reported outcomes initiative

The National Institutes of Health announced today that it is awarding 15 new grants to further develop and test the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS). Managed by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), PROMIS aims to revolutionize the way patient reported outcome tools are selected and employed in clinical research and practice. more

Early-Stage Parkinson's study to image pre-treatment brain function  

Parkinson's disease, a debilitating movement disorder, is usually controlled by using drugs that compensate for a lack of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Parkinson's patients have a deficit of this important chemical because of degeneration in an area of the brain stem where it is made -- a structure called the substantia nigra. more

ULORIC (febuxostat) demonstrated efficacy for management of hyperuricemia in patients with gout  

Data presented at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology highlight effects of baseline characteristics on achievement of serum uric acid (sUA) levels to <6.0 mg/dL and the frequency of flares with ULORIC® (febuxostat) treatment. more

Mangosteen juice could protect health in the obese

Mangosteen juice has anti-inflammatory properties which could prove to be valuable in preventing the development of heart disease and diabetes in obese patients. A study, published in BioMed Central's open access Nutrition Journal, describes how the juice of the exotic 'superfruit' lowered levels of C-reactive protein. more

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Babesiosis is a potentially dangerous parasitic disease transmitted by ticks and is common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest.