Volume 7 Issue 100
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Nearly three out of every four adults over age 50 use some kind of alternative medicine

Nearly three out of every four adults over age 50 use some kind of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, according to a new study. more  

OHSU researcher explores the basis of psychotic behavior

An Oregon Health & Science University researcher is among an international team closing in on why many people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are "supersensitive" to the powerful neurotransmitter dopamine. more

Virus designed to kill cancer cells can increase survival of mice with incurable human brain tumor

New research shows that a virus designed to kill cancer cells can significantly increase the survival of mice with an incurable human brain tumor, even in some animals with advanced disease.To help Americans fight the dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center has crafted new nutrition and physical activity guidelines for overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes (pre-diabetes). more  

United States recommendations for travellers to regions affected by avian influenza outbreaks

Five more cases of avian influenza in humans have been reported by the Ministry of Health in Vietnam. All five cases are in a family from the northern port city of Haiphong. This brings the total number of human cases in the recent upsurge (since mid-December 2004) to 33. more

Avian influenza: food safety issues 

The avian influenza virus survives on contaminated raw poultry meat and can be spread through contaminated food products. In general, low temperatures increase the stability of the virus. The virus can survive in feces for at least 35 days in low temperatures. The avian influenza virus can also survive on other surfaces such as the poultry house environment for several weeks. more

Data show cyclosporine inhalation solution improves long-term survival in lung-transplant patients 

Data presented for the first time today at the 25th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) show that cyclosporine inhalation solution (CyIS) significantly improves long-term survival in lung-transplant patients compared to placebo. The data, which include 10-month follow-up statistics on patients originally enrolled in the pivotal study of CyIS, show that, with a median total follow-up of 53.3 months, CyIS-treated patients demonstrated a continued survival advantage over placebo-treated patients. Treatment with CyIS was associated with a 69 percent decrease in risk of death compared to placebo. more

UK guideline for managing meningococcal disease in university settings may have relevance for other European countries

Universities in the UK are increasingly aware that cases of meningococcal disease cause great distress and disturbance on campuses. Living arrangements and student lifestyles pose particular problems in public health management: for example, many students in the UK study at universities far from their home towns, and live in one-person rooms within halls of residence that may accommodate several hundred students. Misinformation about incidents may spread quickly and panic can easily result. Students who have recently left home may feel vulnerable especially if they have not yet established good access to local primary care services. The group, whose results appear in the May issue of Nature Genetics, includes researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. more


Alternative medicine use is very popular among adults over the age of 50 years.