Volume 7 Issue 191
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Jul-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Jul-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Metabolic syndrome – A low-profile, high-risk combination of disorders

As the obesity epidemic garners headlines, more information is becoming available about metabolic syndrome. This health threat affects 47 million adults in the United States, according to the July issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource. more  

Inherited structural mechanism can make drugs for some diseases toxic for some patients

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an inherited structural mechanism that can make drugs for some diseases toxic for some patients. The mechanism decreases a protein and in turn causes certain individuals to metabolize thiopurine drugs differently. Thiopurine therapies are used to treat patients with childhood leukemia, autoimmune diseases and organ transplants. The Mayo researchers say their finding advances the field of pharmacogenomics, which tailors medicine to a patient’s personal genetic makeup. more

UIC researchers show how cancer-preventing foods work

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are unraveling the biochemical mechanism by which functional foods combat cancer. more  

Aspirin under-prescribed to prevent heart attack and stroke

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is urging health care providers to recognize that despite decades of evidence that aspirin can prevent heart attacks, some patients are still not receiving this simple and cost-effective therapy. more

Could exercise protect older people from hip fracture?  

Certain types of exercise could protect against the steep increase in risk of hip fracture with age, suggests research in this week’s issue of The Lancet. more

Availability of vascular surgeons impacts amputation rate  

Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are more likely to have a foot or leg amputated if they live in a region that has few vascular surgeons, according to a Rice University/Baylor College of Medicine study published in the July issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. more

Computers: Poor placement does not compute in medical exam rooms

Doctors "talking" to computer screens instead of patients during a physical exam is a problem easily cured, say researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. more


Metabolic syndrome affects 47 million Americans.