Volume 7 Issue 138
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Don’t skip chest CT in the ER just because x-ray checks out okay, warns study

Chest X-rays may miss 40% of clinically significant thoracic injuries in multiple trauma patients that can be caught by chest CT, say researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. more  

Stress is bad for the brain

Chronic stress can be harmful - to your health and also to your brain, according to researchers at the Douglas Hospital Research Center. Their findings, published in a recent issue of Psychoneuroendocrinology, show increased stress hormones lead to memory impairment in the elderly and learning difficulties in young adults. more

New stomach cancer therapy potentially more convenient and better tolerated

A new combination chemotherapy appears to battle advanced stomach cancer harder than other platinum-based therapies, while offering patients more convenience and potentially less discomfort, according to results announced at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. more  

New brain monitoring method would pinpoint babies at risk for seizures

Confusion and speech problems are frequent signs of seizures, but babies offer few such clues as to what ails them. more

Several factors can increase risk for recurrent blood clot  

Patients who have a blood clot are at high risk of having another one, and men have more than twice the risk as women, according to a study in the May 18 issue of JAMA. more

Hyperhydration -- When drinking too much water can hurt 

It is important when exercising for long durations to replace fluids lost through perspiration and respiration, but drinking too much water while neglecting important nutrients can lead toward chemical imbalance, even death, according to diet experts writing for the Institute of Food Technologists. more

New treatment for incurable recurring form of adult brain cancer

A study led by Mayo Clinic researchers and conducted by the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) reports that a new “smart” drug treatment for an incurable form of recurrent brain cancer slowed tumor growth in more than one-third of the 65 adult patients who tried it. The same research team also developed a screening technique to help predict which patients will respond best to this treatment. more


Stress stresses the brain