Volume 7 Issue 140
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-May-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Narcotic drugs effective for severe, chronic pain in older patients

Narcotic medications can safely and effectively ease severe, chronic pain in older people with little risk that these patients will seek ever-increasing doses, UCSF medical scientists have found. Younger patients, however, are likely to want to rapidly increase their medication dose, the researchers found, posing serious potential health consequences. more  

Human cells can 'silence' HIV genes

For the first time, scientists have shown that humans use an immune defense process common in plants and invertebrates to battle a virus. The new finding that human cells can silence an essential part of HIV's genetic make-up could have important implications for the treatment of people infected with the virus. more

Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from cough remedy, UF study finds

Dextromethorphan, an over-the-counter medication that silences coughs, may help fibromyalgia patients quiet over-reacting nerves that amplify ordinary touches into agony. more  

Bioethicists want stronger protections for women donating eggs for stem cell research

Now that stem cell researchers have devised an efficient way of creating new human embryonic stem cell lines, biomedical ethicists at the Stanford University School of Medicine say it's crucial to develop a unique set of protections for the women who donate their eggs to make the research possible. more

Stem cell therapy: Hope or hype  

The premature use of stem cell therapy could put many patients at risk of viral or prion diseases unless appropriate safety systems are in place, warn experts in this week's BMJ. more

New study questions benefits of aspirin for the over 70s 

The benefits of giving low dose aspirin to healthy people from the age of 70 to prevent heart disease are offset by increased cases of serious bleeding, argue researchers in a study published online by the BMJ this week. more

Eight aspects of early life put UK children at risk of obesity

Three year old children who spend more than eight hours watching television per week are at an increased risk of obesity, finds a study published online by the BMJ this week. more


Are the benefits of giving low dose aspirin to healthy people older 70 offset by increased cases of serious bleeding?