Volume 12 Issue 121
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-May-2010 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Survivors of childhood cancers 4 times more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder

Young adult survivors of childhood cancers are four times more likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than their control group siblings, a Childhood Cancer Survivors Study has found. more  

Despite tests, high blood pressure hard to recognize in children

A Johns Hopkins Children's Center study of 2,500 patient records suggests that medical staff fails to check a child's blood pressure a fifth of the time, and is not recognizing what constitutes an abnormal reading in those whose blood pressure they do check. more

Quality-of-life testing may predict malignancy and survival in patients with pancreatic disease

Quality-of-life measures used routinely to assess treatment outcomes for patients with pancreatic disease may be used to predict both malignancy and survival for those patients, according to a study by Henry Ford Hospital. more  

Antibiotic prescriptions in the first year of life increases the risk of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: a population-based analysis

By comparing cases of pediatric IBD and antibiotic use, researchers from the University of Manitoba have discovered that infants who are prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may be three times more likely to develop lifelong IBD than children not exposed to antibiotics. more

Maternal use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI) during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for cardiac birth defects  

The use of common anti-reflux medications during pregnancy may be associated with cardiac birth defects, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. more

Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics  

Doctors often unnecessarily treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with narcotics. A course of treatment is generally inadvisable because it does not improve functional status and may have adverse long term effects, according to a new study. Women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from IBS. more

Inbreeding may have caused Darwin family ills

Charles Darwin's worries about possible adverse effects of inbreeding in his family seem to have been justified, according to a study described in the May 2010 issue of BioScience. Darwin married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and his mother, Susannah Wedgwood, was the daughter of third cousins. The study, which extended to 25 families including 176 children, found a statistical association between child mortality and the inbreeding coefficient of individuals in the Darwin/Wedgwood dynasty. more

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