Volume 11 Issue 286
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Oct-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 30-Oct-2009






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Statins show dramatic drug and cell dependent effects in the brain

Besides their tremendous value in treating high cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart disease, statins have also been reported to potentially lower the risks of other diseases, such as dementia. However, a study in the October Journal of Lipid Research finds that similar statin drugs can have profoundly different effects on brain cells –both beneficial and detrimental. more  

Benefit of memantine in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease not proven

There is no scientific proof that patients with moderate or severe Alzheimer's disease benefit from drugs containing the agent memantine. This is the conclusion in the final report that the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) published in September 2009. more

Why fish oils help and how they could help even more

New research from Queen Mary, University of London and Harvard Medical School has revealed precisely why taking fish oils can help with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. more  

Depressed pregnant women could be at higher risk for severe response to flu infection

Pregnant women with significant symptoms of depression tend to have a stronger biological reaction to the seasonal flu vaccine than do women with lower depression levels, according to a new study. more

Mortality rates reduced among children whose mothers received iron-folic acid supplements  

Offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers found that other supplement combinations, including the multiple micronutrient supplement, did not confer the same benefit. Nearly 40 percent of pregnant women worldwide are estimated to be anemic. more

Regeneration can be achieved after chronic spinal cord injury  

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that regeneration of central nervous system axons can be achieved in rats even when treatment delayed is more than a year after the original spinal cord injury. more

Next-generation microcapsules deliver 'chemicals on demand'

Scientists in California are reporting development of a new generation of the microcapsules used in carbon-free copy paper, in which capsules burst and release ink with pressure from a pen. The new microcapsules burst when exposed to light, releasing their contents in ways that could have wide-ranging commercial uses from home and personal care to medicine. more

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A new generation of microcapsules, shown above, promise to deliver "chemicals on demand " for a wide range of uses, including medicine and personal care.