Volume 7 Issue 232
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Aug-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Young children at risk for impaired reading skills following medulloblastoma irradiation

Irradiation therapy for the brain cancer medulloblastoma is more likely to impair IQ and reading skills of younger children than older children even if the dose of radiation is reduced, according to the results of the largest study of its kind, conducted by investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Texas Children's Cancer Center (Houston) and Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). more  

Episode of minor depression found to increase the risk for developing major depression

Those who feel sad and lack an interest in regular life activities for at least two weeks and qualify for a diagnosis of minor depression are six times as likely to develop major depression compared to those who don't have these symptoms, according to a longitudinal study on risks for depression. Most medical conditions do not increase the risk for developing major depression except for those who suffer from a stroke; who are almost ten times as likely to experience a major depression. These findings will be presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. more

80 year olds should be given heart bypass surgery

Doctors should not shy away from giving 80 year olds heart bypass surgery, suggests research published ahead of print in Heart. Most of those who received the treatment were still alive five years later and had half the risk of death of their peers in the general population, the research reveals. more  

New therapy recommendations for spinal complications of cancer

Cancer patients and their physicians have new answers as they seek the best treatment for the immobilizing trauma of spinal cord compression in metastatic cancer, thanks to Roy Patchell and colleagues at the University of Kentucky. more

Race and gender disparities persist in heart attack care and mortality 

Despite a decade of initiatives to remedy health disparities in cardiovascular medicine, at least some aspects of the treatment of U.S. patients hospitalized for heart attacks continues to vary according to sex and race, according to a study by researchers at Emory University in collaboration with Yale University and other centers. The results, reported in this week's New England Journal of Medicine, found a consistent pattern of less intensive treatment offered to women and black heart-attack patients. more

Add Hepatitis B vaccination to your back to school list  

A vaccine is available to prevent hepatitis B, and it is strongly endorsed by medical and public health experts as safe and effective. According to CDC, all children aged 0-18 years should receive the hepatitis B vaccine series. more

Tissue engineered from fetal skin cells could treat pediatric burns

Swiss researchers have used skin constructed from fetal skin cells to treat eight children withburns, reporting their results in paper published online by The Lancet. more


CDC recommends the hepatitis B vaccine for all children aged 0-18 years