Volume 7 Issue 132
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-May-2005 
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African Americans just as likely to be diagnosed with depression

A study in the May Journal of the American Geriatrics Society combats the notion that ethnic differences and inherent biases are responsible for a lower number of depression diagnoses in the African American elderly population versus whites. more  

Study: Physicians need to be more vocal about encouraging diabetic patients to exercise

Diabetics are more likely to exercise if their doctors help them create and stick to a formalized exercise plan, according to new Saint Louis University research in the May issue of "Diabetes Care." more

FDA warns consumers about counterfeit drugs purchased in Mexico

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about the sale of counterfeit versions of Lipitor, Viagra, and an unapproved product promoted as "generic Evista" to U.S. consumers at pharmacies in Mexican border towns. more  

Information for patients: NIH - Low back pain fact sheet

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States — only headache is more common. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions. more

Statin therapy cost-effective for a wider range of individuals  

Statin therapy is cost-effective for a wider range of individuals with vascular disease or diabetes than previously recognised, concludes a study published online today (12 May 12 2005) by The Lancet. more

Nurses have new tool to help encourage patients to quit smoking 

In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today is releasing a new tool that will give nurses evidence-based information that they can use to help their patients quit smoking. The pocket guide, Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Nurses, was developed by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in collaboration with Tobacco Free Nurses, a national initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase nurses’ participation in tobacco control. more

AHRQ's new advances in patient safety: from research to implementation shows accomplishments, challenges for improving patient safety and reducing medical errors

HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Department of Defense today released the federal government's first compendium of studies on the successes and challenges of efforts to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors. Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation is a four-volume set of 140 peer-reviewed articles that represents an overview of patient safety studies by AHRQ-funded researchers and other government-sponsored research. more


AHRQ released new tools that will give nurses evidence-based information that can be used to help patients quit smoking. Remember a nurse today! National Nurses Week - 6-12 May 2005.