Volume 7 Issue 166
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jun-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jun-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Good friends, rather than close family ties, help you live longer

A network of good friends, rather than close family ties, helps you live longer in older age, suggests research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. more  

Gastric bug link to irregular heart rhythm

A common stomach bug may also be linked to the development of irregular heart rhythm, also known as atrial fibrillation, suggests a small study in Heart. more

Protocol used to treat first known survivor of rabies without vaccination

The protocol used to treat the first known survivor of rabies without prior vaccination is published in the June 16, 2005, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It is hoped that this approach can be replicated, tested, and provide a guide for treating this fatal condition, especially in parts of the world where the incidence of rabies is rampant. more  

Should everyone over 50 be taking aspirin?

Experts go head to head in this week's BMJ over whether everyone over 50 should take a daily aspirin to reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes. more

New report indicates acupuncture provides relief for sufferers of dry mouth 

The emergence of acupuncture is allowing some patients to relieve or significantly reduce dry mouth's debilitating effects, according to a report in the May/June 2005 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal. more

Transplantation of sperm stem cells restores fertility after chemotherapy 

While more than 70% of patients survive childhood leukemia, curative chemotherapy can often irreversibly impair the formation of spermatozoa, causing infertility in males. Currently, the only established clinical option for the preservation of fertility in leukemia patients is to bank sperm before treatment commences. more

Invasive treatment may be more effective for heart attack patients presenting late to hospital

Invasive treatment including stenting may have better outcomes than conventional treatments for heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital more than 12 hours after symptoms began, according to a study in the June 15 issue of JAMA. more


For good health, friends are better than family.