Volume 8 Issue 105
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Apr-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Apr-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New research links metabolism and appetite suppression, opening door to obesity treatments

A team led by a Canadian researcher has discovered a process by which a small protein acts directly within muscles to increase the body's metabolism to burn fat while simultaneously suppressing appetite. These findings suggest that the protein, known as the ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), could play a key role as a weight loss agent. more  

Bile acids, receptor key in regenerating livers

Bile must have been the most important thing in medicine for the physicians of ancient Greece and Rome. Yellow bile and black bile are half of the four humors that they believed made up the body, along with blood and phlegm. In their view, restoring health required correcting imbalances in these four components. more

Other people influence us and we don't even know it

An article published in the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science finds that we are tied to each other-- what other people do and how they express their feelings is a contagious, strong influence. more  

Archaea identified as possible human pathogen

For the first time German researchers have linked Archaea to infectious diseases in humans by identifying it as a possible cause of endodontic infections. They report their findings in the April 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. more

Ulcer drug inhibits gum disease in rabbits 

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have discovered that topical application of an ulcer drug to teeth may help prevent gum disease. Their findings appear in the April 2006 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. more

Older donor hearts just as good, University of Alberta study shows  

Patients who receive healthy hearts from donors 50 years of age and older appear to fare just as well as patients who receive younger hearts, and that may be good news for potentially expanding a small donor pool, a University of Alberta study has found. more

Placental growth factor may help body repair heart attack damage

Heart attack patients produce higher levels of a natural substance in the body that plays a role in the growth of new blood vessels and this over-expression of placental growth factor (PlGF) may help reduce damage to the heart muscle, according to a new study in the April 18, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more


Patients who receive healthy hearts from donors 50 years of age and older appear to fare just as well as patients who receive younger hearts.