Volume 8 Issue 146
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2006 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Lower literacy means poor health and poor health care access for older people

People aged 70 years and older with limited literacy skills are one and one half to two times as likely to have poor health and poor health care access as people with adequate or higher reading ability, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. more  

One-third of adults with diabetes still don't know they have it

The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in U.S. adults age 20 and older has risen from about 5.1 percent to 6.5 percent, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who analyzed national survey data from two periods--1988 to 1994 and 1999 to 2002. more

A gene predisposing to pituitary tumors identified

A recent Finnish study identifies a low-penetrance gene defect which predisposes carriers to intracranial tumors called pituitary adenomas. In particular individuals carrying the gene defect are susceptible to such tumors which secrete growth hormone. Excess of growth hormone results in conditions called acromegaly and gigantism. Identification of this gene defect using DNA-chip technologies is an example how genetic research can tackle more and more demanding tasks, such as identification of predisposition genes conferring a low absolute but high relative risk. The results are published in the May 26 issue of the journal Science. more  

Results of clipping and coiling of aneurysms are similar over time

A study led by UCSF neurologist S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, has shown that coiling of ruptured brain aneurysms is very effective during long-term follow-up, similar to outcomes with surgical clipping. more

What's good for the gander is not necessarily good for the goose, especially when it comes to daily drinking 

Men who drink alcohol every day have a lower risk of heart disease than those who drink less frequently, suggests research in this week’s BMJ. But the same is not true for women. more

BMJ: Insulate National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) from external pressures  

The work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) needs to be insulated from external financial, political, and emotional pressures, say researchers in this week’s BMJ. more

Disparities among children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), a group of autoimmune diseases involving chronic inflammation of the joints, can adversely affect health-related quality of life, often into adulthood. Studies in adults with arthritis suggest that socioeconomic status impacts patient prognosis, but no information is available as to whether this is also true in children. more


People with limited literacy skills are more likely to have poor health and poor access to health care services