Volume 7 Issue 214
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Aug-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Cannabis-based drugs could offer new hope for inflammatory bowel disease patients

Researchers investigating anecdotal evidence that cannabis relieves some of the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have discovered a potential new target for cannabis-derived drugs for treatment of the disease. more  

Cornell researcher uncovers details of how cancer spreads

When cancer spreads, people often die. That's why a lot of cancer research and drugs focus on the metabolic pathways that allow cancer to metastasize -- to spread from one part of the body to another. more

Many discharged patients do not know diagnoses, medications, side effects

Researchers report in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings that more than one-half of their study patients were unable to list their medications, diagnoses, treatment plan (names and purposes of medications) and common side effects of prescribed medications. more  

Penn researchers discover key to how SARS virus infects cells

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that inhibitors of an enzyme called cathepsin L prevent the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus from entering target cells. SARS is caused by an emergent coronavirus. There is no effective treatment at this time. more

Omega-6 fatty acids cause prostate tumor cell growth in culture  

A study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has demonstrated that omega-6 fatty acids such as the fat found in corn oil promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory. The study also identifies a potential new molecular target for anti-tumor drugs: an enzyme known as cPLA2, which plays a key role in the chain leading from omega-6 fatty acids to prostate tumor cell growth. more

Waist size is associated with the metabolic syndrome in children 

Waist circumference is associated with insulin resistance in children and may offer a simple way to identify children with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

Amphetamine-related drugs ameliorate symptoms of Parkinson's

The debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease are well known: muscle rigidity, impaired movement, and the uncontrollable shaking that makes even the most mundane activity a challenge. The symptoms result from a progressive deterioration of neurons, found in the midbrain, that produce dopamine. With no cure on the horizon, the most common treatment involves administration of the dopamine precursor, L-DOPA, usually in pill form. Though symptoms subside at first, this treatment is rendered ineffective over time. more

 

Cannabis-derived drugs may help to heal the gut lining, which is damaged during the course of inflammatory bowel disease.