Volume 7 Issue 189
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jul-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jul-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Bad cholesterol: Genes make the difference

Why does it seem like some people can eat all the ice cream they want without increasing their cholesterol or gaining much weight, while others with high cholesterol have to watch their diets like a hawk? Because no matter what their lifestyle, people's genes play an overriding role in their cholesterol response. more  

Overactive dopamine receptors may help explain anorexia nervosa symptoms

Just why those with anorexia nervosa are driven to be excessively thin and seem unaware of the seriousness of their condition could be due to over-activity of a chemical system found in a region deep inside the brain, a University of Pittsburgh study suggests. Reporting in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers found an over-activity of dopamine receptors in the brain's basal ganglia, an area known to play a role in how people learn from experience and make choices. more

Low-dose oral contraceptives may increase risk for heart attack or stroke

Women using low-dose oral contraceptives are at an increased risk for a heart attack or stroke while taking the pill – however the risk disappears after discontinuation, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. more  

Inequalities that mark American life maintain their hold through age and even death

The inequalities that mark American life maintain their hold through age and even death, a new study shows. Wealthier elders are significantly less likely than poorer ones to suffer pain at the end of their lives, according to a University of Michigan study forthcoming in the August issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. more

OTC emergency contraception does not encourage unsafe sex  

Allowing emergency hormonal contraception to be sold over the counter in the United Kingdom has not increased its use or changed patterns of use, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. more

Study casts doubt on lung treatment for preterm infants  

Contrary to an earlier finding, inhaled nitric oxide therapy (a treatment for lung problems in premature infants) does not reduce the infant’s chances for death or further lung problems, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The study appears in the 7 July New England Journal of Medicine. more

Complementary and alternative medicine: Expanding approaches to cancer treatment

While NCI's Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) is only 6 years old, it embodies a spirit of struggle with cancer that goes back to the early days of NIH in the 1940s, and ultimately to traditions in China and other cultures. NCI is not alone in pursuing the many possibilities of nutritional approaches, botanicals, herbal products, and interventions, such as yoga and acupuncture for the treatment of cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment. more


No matter what your lifestyle, your genes play an overriding role in your cholesterol response