Volume 8 Issue 145
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Exploring the potential of cholesterol-lowering drugs for patients with systemic sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis (SSc), also known as scleroderma, is an uncommon and confounding disease characterized by excessive fibrous tissue formation and vascular abnormalities. Primarily affecting the small arties, SSc decreases blood flow to the body's extremities. This can lead to Raynaud's phenomenon, a condition that causes the hands and feet to feel extremely cold and numb; ulcers on the fingers and toes; and gangrene. SSc can also restrict blood flow to internal organs, resulting in lung, kidney, and heart damage. While its cause and cure have yet to be found, SSc is generally viewed and treated as an autoimmune inflammatory disorder. more  

Low carbohydrate diet did not increase bone loss, study finds

A strict low-carbohydrate diet had no effect on bone loss for adults following an Adkins-type diet for weight loss, a three-month study by rheumatologists at the University of South Florida found. The clinical study was published this week in the online issue of the journal Osteoporosis International. more

'Rhythm method' may kill off more embryos than other methods of contraception

The "rhythm method" may kill off more embryos than other contraceptive methods, such as coils, morning after pills, and oral contraceptives, suggests an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics. more  

Deaths from rodent virus infection among transplant recipients raise need for tracking system

After the deaths of seven people from a virus transmitted through organ donation in the past two years, authorities are recommending that a tracking system be put in place to monitor patients following transplantation, and until then, physicians should be more vigilant in looking for signs of infection transmitted through transplantation. more

Stress, alcoholics, and post-traumatic stress disorder 

Alcoholics without PTSD had a blunted biological stress response, and greater chance of relapse. Stress is believed to contribute to the initiation, development and/or maintenance of alcohol problems. New findings indicate that alcoholics with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have disrupted responses to stress. more

Compulsion to smoke after just one cigarette can lie dormant for more than three years  

The compulsion to smoke after having tried just one cigarette can lie dormant for more than three years, indicating a "sleeper effect," reveals a study of teenage smoking habits, published in Tobacco Control. more

More effective reporting needed on spinal manipulation in children

Few serious harmful events stemming from spinal manipulation in children have been reported compared to the number of manipulations delivered, says new University of Alberta research. The results, which are to be presented at The North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 24th-27th, 2006, show the need to develop a more effective reporting system among health professions. more

 

A strict low-carbohydrate diet had no effect on bone loss for adults following an Adkins-type diet for weight loss, a three-month study by rheumatologists at the University of South Florida found.