Volume 7 Issue 272
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Oct-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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No reason to fear very low LDL

Very low LDL cholesterol levels appear to be safe for heart patients on statin therapies, according to a new study in the Oct. 18, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more  

Total cholesterol level among US adults continues to decline

The total cholesterol level among older adults has declined significantly, while there has been little change among younger adults, according to a study in the October 12 issue of JAMA. more

Early life stress can lead to memory loss and cognitive decline in middle age

Psychological stress during infancy has been found to cause early impaired memory and a decline in related cognitive abilities, according to a UC Irvine School of Medicine study. The study suggests that the emotional stress associated with parental loss, abuse or neglect may contribute to the type of memory loss during middle-age years that is normally seen in the elderly. more  

Muscle of obese 'programmed' to amass fat, genetic study finds

The skeletal muscle of severely obese people is "programmed" to amass fat, a study in the October 2005 issue of Cell Metabolism reveals. The findings suggest that muscle bears a metabolic memory of obesity, which may help to explain why sustained weight loss can be difficult despite cutting calories, according to the researchers. Exercise might more successfully override the aberrant metabolic program in muscle, they suggest, thereby improving the long-term prognosis of those prone to obesity. more

US kidney failure rates stabilize, ending a 20-year climb 

After 20 years of annual increases from 5 to 10 percent, rates for new cases of kidney failure have stabilized, according to new research from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. At the same time, dramatic racial disparities persist. more

Study: 'Run-down feeling' with illness may last longer as people age  

Aging may intensify and prolong feeling run down when common infections like the flu occur, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. more

Practice makes perfect when implanting cardioverter-defibrillator devices

As the implantation of cardioverter-defibrillator devices to prevent sudden cardiac death becomes increasingly popular, patients are likely to get the best results when they are treated by physicians who perform the procedures frequently, according to a new study in the Oct. 18, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more

 

Emotional stress associated with parental loss, abuse or neglect may contribute to the type of memory loss during middle-age years that is normally seen in the elderly.