Volume 8 Issue 139
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-May-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Gossip creates friendships, it does not break them

An article published in the current issue of Personal Relationships finds the good in bad gossip. Research shows that sharing negative attitudes about others may have positive consequences; it promotes closeness and friendship. In their study, the authors find that negative attitudes are frequently shared among friends and can even promote friendships among strangers. more  

OHSU studying drug for bone-deforming disorder

Jimmy Fox isn't typical of a person with the genetic, "brittle bone" disorder osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). He lifts weights almost daily, participates in grueling wheelchair races, chops wood and enjoys hunting in rough backcountry. more

Study shows schizophrenia limits understanding of body language

Understanding the meaning behind a person's posture or body movement comes easily to many people and helps guide how we react to others socially. more  

New data finds recalls of automated external defibrillators to be common

Data presented today at the Heart Rhythm Society's 27th Annual Scientific Sessions finds that during a 10-year study period more than one in five automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) were recalled due to potential malfunction. more

Safe sex messages in schools don't change behaviour 

Current efforts to combat sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy in schools do not change sexual risk behaviour, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. more

Study suggests new human genotype may be prone to vCJD  

A small study in this week's BMJ suggests a new human genotype may be prone to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). more

Potential new treatment strategy for Alzheimer's disease and other brain and spinal cord damage

A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has identified several new compounds that could play a role in preventing or treating Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative conditions of the nervous system. more


Gossip shared with your enemy's enemy may make you a new friend.