Volume 8 Issue 123
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-May-2006 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New kind of drug could increase number who quit smoking

Smokers who try to quit using existing medications, such as nicotine patches or Zyban, are about twice as likely to succeed as those who don't use medication or are prescribed placebos during clinical trials. more  

Startling new facts about what Australians are eating for lunch

A new ACNeilsen Omnibus poll of 1400 Australians reveals that almost two thirds of Australians are regularly choosing takeaways, with hot chips, hamburgers and meat pies the most popular menu items. more

Study finds middle-aged Americans not as healthy as English counterparts

White middle-aged Americans are not as healthy as their English counterparts, and in both countries lower income and education levels are associated with poorer health, according to a new comparison of key American and English health surveys. The healthiest Americans in the study--those in the highest income and education levels--had rates of diabetes and heart disease similar to the least healthy in England--those in the lowest income and education levels there. more  

Early use of statins after coronary syndromes does not reduce risk of heart attack, stroke or death

Beginning use of statins within 14 days of acute coronary syndromes (such as heart attack or unstable angina) does not decrease the risk of death, heart attack, or stroke, for up to 4 months, based on a meta-analysis of previously published studies, according to an article in the May 3 issue of JAMA. more

Minimally invasive approach can take the pain out of herniated disks 

A meta-analysis of previously published studies examining the use of nonhormonal therapies for treating menopausal hot flashes finds that some therapies are effective, but less so than estrogen, and have possible adverse effects that may restrict their use, according to an article in the May 3 issue of JAMA. more

Targeted virus compels cancer cells to eat themselves  

An engineered virus tracks down and infects the most common and deadly form of brain cancer and then kills tumor cells by forcing them to devour themselves, researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. more

Heart risks from Vioxx happen much earlier than believed, says Queen's researcher

A new study led by Queen's University researcher Linda Lévesque shows that heart attacks related to the use of Vioxx – a drug once popular for the treatment of pain and inflammation – can occur within the first two weeks of use. more


White middle-aged Americans are not as healthy as their English counterparts.