Volume 7 Issue 129
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Women who don't understand cost and insurance issues, don't get mammograms

Ohio State University researchers discovered that women often cite cost as one reason they don't get regular mammography check-ups. Further, the women often misunderstand or simply aren't aware of benefits in their insurance plans that might help offset any financial burden. more  

Depression gene may weaken mood-regulating circuit

A brain scan study suggests that a suspect gene may increase susceptibility to anxiety and depression by weakening a circuit for processing negative emotion. People with the depression-linked gene variant showed less gray matter and weaker connections in the mood-regulating circuit. more

Study calls for earlier use of ICDs in patients diagnosed with cardiomyopathy

A study presented today at the Late Breaking Clinical Trials presentations at the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions in New Orleans found that implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD) benefit patients with recently diagnosed cardiomyopathy, a disease that affects the heart muscle's ability to pump and can lead to heart failure. more  

New study suggests high blood pressure patients benefit from adding more lowfat dairy to their diet

A new study suggests that increased intake of lowfat dairy foods, as part of a DASH-based eating plan, may lower blood pressure more effectively than a conventional low-fat diet -- a significant finding for the estimated 1 in 3 Americans who suffer from high blood pressure. more

Metabolic syndrome afflicts nearly one in four americans  

Individually, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are taking a toll on Americans' health. But according to a new analysis, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome -- a condition characterized by a combination of these and/or other risk factors -- is rapidly becoming one of the nation's costliest health concerns. more

Fear increases risk of falling  

In a study of older adults, primarily African American women, Temple University researcher Roberta Newton, Ph.D., P.T., found a strong fear of falling, which increases the risk of ultimately suffering a fall. Newton, professor of physical therapy at Temple’s College of Health Professions, found that this fear was linked to lower self-confidence and poorer balance and stability. She presented her research at this year’s joint conference of the American Society on Aging and The National Council on Aging. more

UK man infects 12 others with TB after refusing care

Twelve people became infected with TB after contact with a man who refused treatment for tuberculosis. The man, in his 40s and currently living in Leicestershire, was diagnosed with TB in 2002. He accepted short bursts of treatment, but not the six-month course of antibiotics needed to eradicate the infection. more


An understanding of insurance and cost is helpful for women considering whether or not to have a mammogram