Volume 7 Issue 195
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jul-2005 
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Menopause symptoms may come back after stopping menopausal hormone therapy

Some women who use a combination of estrogen and progestin to control the symptoms of menopause might find symptoms return when they stop the hormones, according to the latest findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a major clinical trial of the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). more  

Hospice referral rates increase with intervention improving communication

A simple information and communication intervention between a patient and physician can increase hospice referral rates among nursing home residents, increase their families’ ratings of end-of-life care, and may decrease use of acute care resources, according to an article in the July 13 issue of JAMA. more

Balance of essential fats may prevent bone loss after menopause

Maintaining a proper balance of dietary fats may ward off much of the bone loss associated with post-menopausal osteoporosis, according to a recent study by scientists at Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. more  

Quality measures need to be field-tested, researchers find

A group of researchers has developed a set of "quality indicators" to measure the quality of antibiotic use in hospitalized patients with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) by combining scientific evidence with expert opinion, according to an article in the August 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. However, the researchers found that simply developing the quality indicators was not enough: field-testing was also necessary, as some indicators approved by an expert panel proved unworkable in daily practice. more

Giving oxygen may do more harm than good, new report shows  

Doctors and paramedics who give their patients oxygen – the most commonly administered "drug" in the world – may be doing more harm than good, a Queen's University researcher contends. more

New study shows use of Lorenzo's oil prevents onset of pediatric neurological disorder 

Use of Lorenzo's Oil in young boys who have been diagnosed with but are not yet showing signs of a pediatric neurological disorder known as X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) may prevent the disease from developing in the body. According to a study of male children published today in the Archives of Neurology, use of the oil prevented onset of the disease in a majority of cases. For the first time, the study demonstrated the preventive effects of Lorenzo's Oil using rigorous and scientifically-accepted research methods. more

Parkinson's medication appears to trigger excessive gambling

Habitual, compulsive gambling with losses up to $200,000 within six months by those who previously never or only occasionally gambled recreationally has been tied to Parkinson's disease drugs called dopamine agonists, according to a new Mayo Clinic case series analysis to be published in Archives of Neurology. more


Parkinson's medication appears to trigger excessive gambling