Volume 7 Issue 103
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Breakthrough in stem cell research

In an Australian first, UNSW researchers have developed three clones of cells from existing human embryonic stem cells. The breakthrough could lead to new treatments for diabetes, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury. more  

Obesity and insomnia linked by excitability of brain cells

A possible link between lack of sleep (insomnia) and obesity has been traced to hypocretin/orexin cells in the hypothalamus region of the brain that are easily excited and sensitive to stress. more

Preeclampsia in pregnancy increases risk of future cardiovascular disease and death

In a study of mothers with a history of preeclampsia, a hypertension complication in pregnancy affecting five percent of all women, researchers at Yale have found that these women have an increased lifetime risk for cardiovascular illness and death.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  

AHRQ launches new web site designed to provide single national source for patient safety findings and resources

A new Web site announced today by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a national "one-stop" portal of resources for improving patient safety and preventing medical errors. The site, AHRQ's Patient Safety Network, or PSNet, can be found at http://psnet.ahrq.gov. more

FDA issues public health advisory for antipsychotic drugs used for treatment of behavioral disorders in elderly patients 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a public health advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and patient caregivers to new safety information concerning an unapproved (i.e., “off-label”) use of certain drugs called “atypical antipsychotic drugs.” more

Older children can benefit from treatment for childhood’s most common eye disorder  

Surprising results from a nationwide clinical trial show that many children age 7 through 17 with amblyopia (lazy eye) may benefit from treatments that are more commonly used on younger children. more

A pain in the pelvis: Spreading cells can cause a condition called endometriosis

Pain can be the first sign that something's wrong—cramping pain in the pelvis or pain during sex. But for women of childbearing age, difficulty getting pregnant is most often what leads them to see a doctor. The culprit, endometriosis, is difficult to diagnose and may require a surgical procedure. more


Researchers have developed three clones of cells from existing human embryonic stem cells, which paves the way for the treatment of some serious health disorders.