Volume 7 Issue 316
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Dec-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Research findings contradict longstanding bias against morphine

A report written by an OHSU physician with more than a half century of medical experience contradicts both public and professional bias against the use of morphine in the final stage of life for patients with breathing difficulties. Because large amounts of morphine slows breathing, doctors have avoided prescribing the drug to dying patients with breathing difficulties for fear it would shorten life. However, the author of this new case series suggests that some patients who receive an appropriate level of morphine live a little longer because their fear and struggle for breath are reduced. The research is published in the current issue of the Journal of Palliative Care. more  

Road deaths almost 400 times greater than those from international terrorism

The death toll from car crashes in developed countries is almost 400 times greater than the number of deaths caused by international terrorism, reports a study in the latest issue of Injury Prevention. more

Coffee jump-starts short-term memory

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that caffeine modulates short-term working memory. The study was presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). more  

Imaging shows similarities in brains of marijuana smokers, schizophrenics

Heavy use of marijuana may put adolescents who are genetically predisposed to schizophrenia at greater risk of developing the brain disorder, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). more

Overproducing leptin receptors in fat cells may be key to halting weight gain  

A new study by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center suggests that when fat cells increase in size as they do during the development of obesity the cells progressively lose receptors for the hormone leptin, a powerful stimulus for fat burning. Leptin, a hormone produced by the body's fat cells and involved in the regulation of body weight, was first discovered in 1994. more

Moderate to severe sleep-disordered breathing can lead to stroke 

Individuals who experience moderate to severe sleep-disordered breathing are four times more likely to have a stroke during the next four years than those who do not suffer from the problem. more

Endotoxins in house dust pose a significant risk for asthma

Exposure to household endotoxin levels poses a significant risk for asthma, according to the first nationwide sampling of house dust. more

 

The death toll from car crashes in developed countries is almost 400 times greater than the number of deaths caused by international terrorism.