Volume 7 Issue 119
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Comprehensive treatment improves cognitive impairment in heart failure patients

It is common for patients in heart failure to show cognitive dysfunction, known in the past as "cardiogenic dementia." However, by evaluating and treating some coexisting conditions observed in these patients, such as salt imbalances, anemia and hyperglycemia, their cognitive functions may improve independently of the underlying cardiac problems. more  

Specific behaviors seen in infants can predict autism, new research shows

Canadian researchers have become the first to pinpoint specific behavioral signs in infants as young as 12 months that can predict, with remarkable accuracy, whether a child will develop autism. more

Use of insecticides linked to lasting neurological problems for farmers

New research shows that farmers who used agricultural insecticides experienced increased neurological symptoms, even when they were no longer using the products. Data from 18,782 North Carolina and Iowa farmers linked use of insecticides, including organophosphates and organochlorines, to reports of reoccurring headaches, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, hand tremors, numbness and other neurological symptoms. Some of the insecticides addressed by the study are still on the market, but some, including DDT, have been banned or restricted. more  

Facelift alternatives rid patients of neck 'wattle' without the downtime of surgery

On the show Ally McBeal, a character was romantically pursued because of her neck "wattle" or loose skin a scenario that would only happen on television, right? more

Antibiotic might fight HIV-induced neurological problems 

By studying animals, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that the antibiotic minocycline might help alleviate HIV's negative effects on the brain and central nervous system, problems that can develop even though antiretroviral therapy controls the virus elsewhere in the body. more

Yale researchers identify molecule for detecting parasitic infection in humans  

Researchers at Yale, in collaboration with NIH researchers, have identified a specific protein molecule that is used by the immune system for detection of parasitic infections, leading the way for development of future vaccines to combat these infections. more

CDC adopts new repellent guidance for upcoming mosquito season

Americans have more options than ever to use in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance about effective mosquito repellents available in the United States. The updated guidance includes addition of two active ingredients - picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus - which have been shown to offer long-lasting protection against mosquito bites. Repellents containing DEET continue to be a highly effective repellent option and are also included in the CDC guidelines. more


CDC releases new guidelines about effective mosquito repellents