Volume 7 Issue 122
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Researchers discover genetic glitch in the heart's electrical system

Mayo Clinic researchers have identified defects in a second gene called RyR2 that causes malfunctions in the heart's electrical system and contributes to what were previously unexplained drownings. more  

Acetaminophen use associated with asthma, COPD, and decreased lung function

In a large, cross-sectional study, researchers found that increased use of the pain killer acetaminophen was associated with a greater prevalence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as directly related to decreased lung function if used daily, according to an article in the first issue for May 2005 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. more

Family members OF ICU patients show risk of post-traumatic stress syndrome

In a study of 284 family members of patients who were either discharged from or died in 21 French medical-surgical intensive care units (ICUs), one-third of the relatives questioned 90 days after the event showed levels on a test that demonstrated moderate to major risk of post-traumatic stress reaction. more  

Vitamin C supplementation limits effect of nicotine on primate fetal lung tissue

Vitamin C supplementation during pregnancy in rhesus monkeys limited the deleterious effects of nicotine exposure to their offspring. more

First-year college students who feel lonely have a weaker immune response to the flu shot 

A new study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh confirms how college challenges both mind and body, by demonstrating that lonely first-year students mounted a weaker immune response to the flu shot than did other students. more

Tools for diagnosing heart attack could be inaccurate in some populations  

A computerized tool to help emergency room physicians determine whether a patient is having a heart attack may not work as well among some racial and ethnic groups, according to research of almost 12,000 patients at nine medical centers. more

Medical-errors gap widens between best and worst hospitals; Three-year study covers 37 million hospitalizations, uses AHRQ indicators

Patient safety incidents at America's hospitals increased slightly, but the nation's safest hospitals grew even safer, resulting in a wider gap in patient safety incident rates among the nation's best and worst hospitals, according to a new study of 37 million patient records released today by HealthGrades, an organization that evaluates the quality of hospitals, physicians and nursing homes for consumers, corporations, hospitals and health plans. more


Vitamin C supplementation during pregnancy in rhesus monkeys limited the deleterious effects of nicotine exposure to their offspring