Volume 7 Issue 162
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Jun-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Jun-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Patients with disease, cancer of the esophagus benefit from new technique

Surgeons at the Oregon Health & Science University Digestive Health Center have developed a new technique that makes feasible and safe a potentially lifesaving and noninvasive surgical procedure known as laparoscopic esophagectomy. Until now, the procedure was considered too technically demanding for most surgeons to perform. A paper on their findings recently was presented at the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery in Venice, Italy. more  

A baby face forecasts election outcomes

Despite the age-old admonition not to "judge a book by its cover," we routinely make important judgments about human traits based on instant, superficial impressions of peoples' faces. Such "blink of an eye" decision-making predicted the outcome of about 70 percent of recent U.S. Senate races, according to a new study in Science this week. more

Joslin Scientists confirm link between PKC enzyme and kidney disease in diabetes

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have investigated PKC-beta -- a critical enzyme implicated in the devastating complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes -- for more than two decades. Their latest research, to be presented June 11 at the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) 65th Scientific Sessions in San Diego, Calif., confirms the link between hyperglycemia (high blood glucose), overexpression of PKC-beta 2 and kidney disease. more  

Afraid of the dentist? New pill makes getting your teeth fixed relaxing

"It was 7 or 8 years that I had avoided the dentist. I took a pill an hour before and then I don't remember anything about the procedure. Now my teeth are in good shape. It works for me!" said Donna Rader, a dispatcher for an electric company in Woodward, Oklahoma. more

Quickly matching the drug with the bug saves lives 

University of Florida researchers are resurrecting an old technology to more quickly and accurately identify potentially deadly bacterial infections in hospital patients. more

Glycemic index: The next wave in nutrition? 

Sales figures show U.S. consumers are learning that avoidance of an entire food group is not healthy. Products and messages that consumers may now be primed to accept in order to improve their nutrition is at the heart of scientific presentations scheduled next month at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Annual Meeting + FOOD EXPO®. more

Enhancing the innate immune system protects brain against Alzheimer's

The human body has its own defense against brain aging: the innate immune system, which helps to clean the brain of amyloid-beta waste products. However, UCLA researchers discovered that some patients with Alzheimer’s disease have an immune defect making it difficult to clean away these wastes. This may lead to over-saturation of the brain with amyloid beta, which form amyloid plaques, the definitive hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. more

 

A baby-face will not get you elected.