Volume 7 Issue 173
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jun-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Jun-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Arthritis: What "Wnt" wrong?

The cellular signaling protein Wnt, which is involved in embryonic development and cancer, contributes to disease progression of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The article by Nakamura et al., "Expression profiles and functional analyses of Wnt-related genes in human joint disorders," appears in the July issue of The American Journal of Pathology and is accompanied by a commentary. more  

Researchers shed new light on cause of bedsores and other chronic wounds

A study conducted by NYU School of Medicine researchers, in collaboration with the Wound Healing Program at Columbia University, sheds new light on the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of chronic wounds. The findings may help clinicians predict which wounds are likely to become chronic -- a key bit of information, since the sooner treatment is started, the better the outcome. The research also raises the hope for new treatments for chronic wounds by identifying possible targets for intervention. more

Insomnia may precede and prolong major depression

Two new studies show that insomnia, far from being a symptom or side effect of depression, may instead precede it, making some patients more likely to become and remain mentally ill. One paper was presented today at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) in Denver, and the other will be published shortly in the Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. more  

Environmental chemical cocktail may sabotage sperm

New research has shown that combinations of chemicals found in everyday products and food have subtle but potentially damaging effects on sperm fertility. more

Endocarditis infection commonly related to health care factors, increasingly due to staph  

An international study reveals that infective endocarditis, infection and inflammation involving the heart valves is commonly associated with health care factors and is increasingly due to staphylococcal infection, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA. more

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005 - Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication topics and includes clinical considerations for each topic. This new pocket guide provides general internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, nurses, and nurse practitioners with an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services. Select to 'more' to download print version (PDF File) 400 KB more

Harmless virus kills some cancers

Six days is all it takes for a common, non-disease-causing virus to kill cervical, breast, prostate and squamous cell cancer cells in laboratory cultures, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. more


What "Wnt" wrong?