Volume 7 Issue 317
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Dec-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Dec-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Johns Hopkins study suggests link between caffeine dependence and family history of alcoholism

A study led by Johns Hopkins investigators has shown that women with a serious caffeine habit and a family history of alcohol abuse are more likely to ignore advice to stop using caffeine during pregnancy. Withdrawal symptoms, functional impairment and craving were cited by the women as reasons they could not cut out or cut back on caffeine use. more  

Research suggests doctor-assisted suicide wouldn't undermine patient trust

There is little evidence to support the argument that legalizing physician-assisted death would reduce patients' trust in their doctors, according to a researcher from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. more

UCSF study finds nerve regeneration is possible in spinal cord injuries

A team of scientists at UCSF has made a critical discovery that may help in the development of techniques to promote functional recovery after a spinal cord injury. more  

Pain and its impact on the treatment of rheumatic disease

Long treated as a side effect, pain is now widely recognized as an integral part of patient care. While the last decade has brought extraordinary advances in the unravelling of pain mechanisms at the molecular level, evaluating and alleviating pain remains an ongoing challenge for physicians, particularly rheumatologists. The December 2005 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism offers a timely examination of pain as it pertains to rheumatology practice. more

Study confirms that stents releasing medication help keep heart bypass vein grafts open  

Over time, veins removed from the legs (saphenous veins) and attached to the heart to replace clogged coronary arteries tend to resemble old, sluggish drain pipes. In fact, within five to 10 years of coronary artery bypass surgery, half of all vein grafts become diseased to the point of requiring re-intervention either repeat open-heart surgery or balloon angioplasty with the insertion of a stent. more

Men and women differ in brain use during same tasks 

The comedians are right. The science proves it. A man's brain and a woman's brain really do work differently. more

Study provides first estimate of US population affected by Barrett's esophagus

According to estimates put forth in a study published today in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Gastroenterology, more than 3 million Americans are living with Barrett's esophagus, a condition that leads to esophageal cancer, one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the United States. These findings represent the first population-based estimates of the prevalence of Barrett's esophagus and show how frequently the disease occurs in people who do not have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly thought to be a precursor to Barrett's. more


Women with a serious caffeine habit and a family history of alcohol abuse are more likely to ignore advice to stop using caffeine during pregnancy.