Volume 8 Issue 109
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Apr-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Apr-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Blood sugar control before surgery associated with fewer infections afterward

Patients with diabetes who have good control of blood glucose levels before having surgery may be less likely to have infections after their procedures, according to a study in the April issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more  

Markers of PCOS inherited, persist and raise risk for heart disease, diabetes

Menstrual irregularity and unhealthy metabolic traits associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are inherited and persist with age, putting women with PCOS at a high risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. more

Injuries from lawn mowing increase nationwide

Mowing the lawn can be a weekly ritual of the spring and summer months for many Americans. However each year, nearly 80,000 Americans require hospital treatment from injuries caused by lawn mowers, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers also concluded that the number of injuries from lawn mowers is increasing, with the majority of injuries occurring in children under age 15 and adults age 60 and older. more  

Gender equality leads to better sex lives among people 40 and over

Older couples who live in Western countries and who enjoy more equality between men and women are most likely to report being satisfied with their sex lives, according to a new study on sexual well-being, aging and health that was conducted in 29 countries by a University of Chicago research team. more

Are you getting your money's worth in health care? 

Each year, Americans spend millions of dollars on health care. The question is, is it worth it? A new study published in Value in Health says it is, and with a positive return. This research especially applies to those who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, and those with type two diabetes or breast cancer. more

New guidelines help clinicians assess risk of post-surgical pulmonary complications  

Pulmonary complications, including pneumonia and respiratory failure, are a common and dangerous problem for patients following major surgery. To address this issue, a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis in the April 18, 2006 issue of The Annals of Internal Medicine provides clinicians with new guidelines to use prior to surgery in assessing a patient's risk of developing pulmonary problems postoperatively. more

Studies evaluate health effects of dental amalgam in children

Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, report in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association the results of the first-ever randomized clinical trials to evaluate the safety of placing amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, in the teeth of children. more


Two studies--one conducted in Europe, the other in the United States--independently reached the conclusion: Children whose cavities were filled with dental amalgam had no adverse health effects.