Volume 7 Issue 152
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jun-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Jun-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Love's all in the brain: fMRI study shows strong, lateralized reward, not sex, drive romantic feelings

You just can't tell where you might find love these days. A team led by a neuroscientist, an anthropologist and a social psychologist found love-related neurophysiological systems inside a magnetic resonance imaging machine. They detected quantifiable love responses in the brains of 17 young men and women who each described themselves as being newly and madly in love. more  

Harmful chemicals may reprogram gene response to estrogen

New research shows that exposure to harmful chemicals and drugs during critical developmental periods early in life may actually "reprogram" the way certain genes respond to the female hormone estrogen. This genetic reprogramming may determine whether people with a genetic predisposition for a disease actually develop the disease. more

People with diabetes more sensitive to cardiovascular effects from air pollution

People with diabetes may be at higher risk for cardiovascular problems when air pollution levels are higher, according to a new study of Boston-area residents. The ability of the blood vessels to control blood flow was impaired in adults with diabetes on days with elevated levels of particles from traffic and coal-burning power plants. more  

Cancer survivors may be at higher risk for cognitive dysfunction

Cancer survivors are twice as likely to develop cognitive problems as individuals who have never been treated for cancer, according to an article in the June 1 Journal of the National Cancer Institute. more

Delirium in non-ventilated patients predictor of longer hospital stay  

A study published today in the journal Critical Care reveals for the first time that nearly half of non-ventilated patients in intensive care units (ICU) experience delirium, which is also an independent predictor of longer hospital stay. It was previously though that this was only an issue for mechanically-ventilated ICU patients. Researchers recommend regular monitoring of all ICU patients to prevent and treat delirium, which is both harmful to patients and costly to hospitals. more

Non-dieters more successful at boosting health than dieters, study finds 

Behavior change and self-acceptance trump dieting hands-down when it comes to achieving long-term health improvements in obese women, according to a two-year study by nutrition researchers at the University of California, Davis. more

Newly developed treatment for severe grief shown more effective than standard therapy

A recently developed method for treating complicated grief, which includes discussing certain aspects of the death of a loved one, was found more effective than a standard therapy for depression, according to a study in the June 1 issue of JAMA. more


Air pollution places diabetics at risk of cardiovascular complications.