Volume 7 Issue 243
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Sep-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Brain remembers familiar faces when choosing potential mate

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that the human brain favours familiar-looking faces when choosing a potential partner. more  

Oral contraceptive effective in controlling premenstrual disorder

A new study led by researchers at Yale School of Medicine shows for the first time that a low dose oral contraceptive with a unique progestin and dosing regimen is effective in treating symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), the most severe form of premenstrual syndrome. more

Acupuncture versus acid reflux: 40% cut in sphincter relaxations brings hope for relief

Even the U.S. National Institutes of Health doesn't know what causes gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. And NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) says there's an unclear relationship between GERD, heartburn and hiatal hernia (HH). Patients may have only one out of three, any two out of three, or all three. more  

Metal-based medicine could treat diseases in the body

Designer molecules that combine metals such as copper with natural organic materials could one day attack viruses in the body and treat a wide range of diseases. more

First European heart failure awareness survey reveals massive public lack of awareness  

An international survey of the public's awareness of heart failure has revealed a woeful and worrying level of ignorance, according to the lead author of the research, which is published (Wednesday 31 August) in Europe's leading cardiology journal European Heart Journal. more

NINDS launches stroke awareness video for Hispanics  

Each year, more than 700,000 Americans have a stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. The disease also disproportionately affects Hispanics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanics 35-64 years old are 1.3 times more likely to have a stroke than whites in the same age group. Today, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) released a Spanish video designed to educate Hispanic communities nationwide about stroke prevention and treatment. more

Investigation results of Texas cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed their investigations regarding a cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in June 2005. The agencies conducted these investigations in collaboration with the Texas Animal Health Commission and the Texas Feed and Fertilizer Control Service. more


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