Volume 7 Issue 118
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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National Academies news: Many deaths still expected with earth-penetrating nuclear weapons

A nuclear weapon that is exploded underground can destroy a deeply buried bunker efficiently and requires significantly less power to do so than a nuclear weapon detonated on the surface would, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. However, such "earth-penetrating" nuclear weapons cannot go deep enough to avoid massive casualties at ground level, and they could still kill up to a million people or more if used in heavily populated areas, said the committee that wrote the report. more  

OHSU study finds ginkgo beneficial for MS symptoms

When it comes to her health, Janice Winfield of Portland, Ore., does her research. That's why the stay-at-home mom, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in July 2000, was willing to turn to popular, over-the-counter herbal supplements like ginkgo biloba to deal with memory problems, fatigue and occasional muscle pain. more

Study finds moderate hypothermia a safe treatment for traumatic brain injury in kids

A first-of-its-kind multi-center trial has shown that cooling the body can have positive affects on children who suffered traumatic brain injury. more  

Wisconsin researchers identify sleep gene

Zeroing in on the core cellular mechanisms of sleep, researchers at University of Wisconsin Medical School have identified for the first time a single gene mutation that has a powerful effect on the amount of time fruit flies sleep. more

No evidence that calcium and vitamin D prevent fractures 

study in this week's BMJ finds no evidence that calcium and vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of fractures in older women living in the community. more

Study of iron overload yields surprising results  

Early results of the largest and most diverse screening study of a genetic condition that causes too much iron to build up in the body show that Asians and Pacific Islanders have the highest mean levels of iron in their blood of all ethnic groups involved, including African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, and Native Americans. more

Distracting visuals clutter TV screen; viewers less likely to retain content

No matter which channel you turn to on television, you are likely to find some kind of visual element that seems to overpower the screen -- making it difficult to focus on one thing. more


New National Academies news: Many deaths still expected with earth-penetrating nuclear weapons. Enforcement of rules urged for privately-funded research.