Volume 7 Issue 198
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jul-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Jul-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Malpractice litigation wrongly blamed for inconsistent health care

Conventional wisdom holds that malpractice lawsuits are the bane of modern medicine, with high insurance premiums driving doctors from the profession and the threat of lawsuits discouraging health-care employees from reporting and correcting medical mistakes. more  

Monkeypox mystery: New research may explain why 2003 outbreak in the US wasn't deadly

An outbreak of 72 cases of monkeypox in the United States during the summer of 2003 didn't produce a single fatality, even though the disease usually kills 10 percent of those infected. more

Poor sleep not a normal part of aging

Researchers outline five basic steps to help doctors identify and treat insomnia in elderly patients. This article is published in a special insomnia themed supplement of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. more  

Mutations in NOTCH1 gene cause aortic valve disease

By studying five generations of a Dallas family, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have discovered that a mutation in a key gene causes aortic valve disease, a common heart birth defect as well as a major contributor to adult heart disease. In the study, available in the online edition of the journal Nature, researchers scanned the DNA of 11 members of a family that was affected with aortic heart disease. The patients ranged from children with severe narrowing of the aortic valve to 50- and 60-year-olds who had such severe calcium buildup on their heart valves that they required replacement valves. more

Beyond genes: Lipid helps cell wall protein fold into proper shape 

A protein that provides a vital passage through a bacterium's outer cell wall will misfold and malfunction if that wall is built of the 'wrong' material, scientists at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston report in a finding that has long-term implications for understanding diseases caused by misfolded proteins such as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's disease, and mad cow disease. more

Chemical 'band-aid' prevents heart failure in mice with muscular dystrophy  

A common chemical used in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries can repair damage to cardiac muscle cell membranes and prevent heart failure in mice with the genetic mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School. more

High cholesterol, high blood pressure deadly combination for stroke

Whether you are male, female, White, or Black, if you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, you are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those without these combined conditions. more

 

High cholesterol, high blood pressure deadly combination for stroke