Volume 7 Issue 259
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Sep-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Sep-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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UCSD study clarifies insulin's role in blocking release of energy in patients with type II diabetes

Chronically high levels of insulin, as is found in many people with obesity and Type II diabetes, may block specific hormones that trigger energy release into the body, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Their findings, which may point to new approaches to developing improved treatment options for the disease, will be published in the September 22 issue of the journal Nature. more  

UVa scientists discover new type of nerve cell that could be target for drugs to ease pain

We all know that if you put your hand over an open flame it's very painful. What you may not know is that, for some people, just lying under a blanket is painful as well. They have neuropathic pain--annoying, chronic pain that comes from a diseased nerve cell rather than a specific stimulus. Feeling phantom pain in a missing limb is another, more famous, example. more

The end of daylight savings time may harm your oral health

Beginning in 2007, daylight savings time will be extended by almost a month. This additional amount of daylight may also help extend the life and health of people's teeth and bones. That's because vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," is made by the body through casual and minimal sun exposure. Vitamin D is just as essential as calcium for healthy teeth and bones according to a paper that was published in the September issue of the Journal of Periodontology. more  

Just one to four cigarettes daily triples risk of dying of heart disease or lung cancer

Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples a smoker's risk of heart disease and lung cancer, reveals a large study in Tobacco Control. more

Advances in brain imaging for epilepsy  

Positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans of a brain chemical messenger system may prove sensitive enough to help plan brain surgery for epilepsy, according to a study presented at the 130th annual meeting of the American Neurological Association in San Diego. more

September is National Menopause Awareness Month: NHLBI offers comprehensive guidance for women on understanding menopausal hormone therapy  

Women facing decisions about menopause and hormone therapy can find comprehensive information in a new booklet from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy provides updated information on the hormone trials of NHLBI’s Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and summarizes the risks and benefits of hormone treatment. more

Facts about menopausal hormone therapy (PDF Booklet)

Brand new! Revised with updated information following NIH's cessation of the estrogen-alone study. Choosing whether or not to use menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) can be one of the most important health decisions women face as they age. This 24 page brochure summarizes the latest evidence as of Summer 2005 to offer guidance about the risks and benefits of MHT. It is designed to provide patients with information to help them communicate more effectively with their care providers and determine the best course of treatment on an individual basis. This easy to read publication covers such topics as Menopause and Hormone Therapy, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy to Help Prevent Postmenopausal Conditions and Relive Menopausal Symptoms, Dietary Supplements, and more. more

 

Women facing decisions about menopause and hormone therapy can find comprehensive information in a new booklet from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).