Volume 8 Issue 148
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-May-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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FDA licenses new vaccine to reduce older Americans’ risk of shingles

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed Zostavax, on May 25, 2006, a new vaccine to reduce the risk of shingles (herpes zoster) for use in people 60 years of age and older. more  

Possible genetic basis for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma)

Two new Mayo Clinic studies draw attention to the risk factors and possible genetic basis for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma). These studies will be presented Monday, May 22, and Tuesday, May 23, in Los Angeles at Digestive Disease Week® 2006. more

Dementia symptoms may increase if the patients’ caregivers are young, less educated, over-burdened or depressed

Troublesome symptoms that accompany dementia – including wandering, hallucinations and restlessness – may increase if the patients’ caregivers are young, less educated, over-burdened or depressed, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. more  

Folk remedy may yield new treatment for psoriasis

Psoriasis is a difficult disorder to treat because the severity and distribution of psoriatic plaques varies immensely, and because current medications can have undesirable side effects. This common skin disorder affects more than 4.5 million people in North America. more

Mayo Clinic study finds patients with pancreatic cancer could be treated 

A new Mayo Clinic study reviewed CT scans of pancreatic cancer patients done before their cancer diagnosis and found that the cancer rapidly progresses from early to advanced stage in the six months prior to traditional clinical diagnosis. The study also found that in one-half of the diabetic patients, their new-onset diabetes predated clinical diagnosis of cancer by more than six months, giving researchers one more clue for earlier detection of pancreatic cancer. Results of the study will be presented Tuesday, May 23, in Los Angeles at Digestive Disease Week® 2006. more

Five surprising facts about starvation that could change the international agenda  

While public attention gravitates towards conflict and natural disaster, many people in countries less affected by such events struggle with some of the same nutrition problems as those in crisis. In a “Viewpoint” published in The Lancet, Rainer Gross, PhD, UNICEF’s chief of nutrition, and Patrick Webb, PhD, dean for academic affairs at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, discuss five facts about world hunger, children and wasting, a condition that represents severe malnutrition. more

New report finds no effective medications for anorexia nervosa, but behavioral therapy may have a limited benefit

No medications are available that effectively treat patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, but a few behavioral therapies may help prevent a relapse and offer other limited benefits, according to a new review of currently available research on eating disorders released today by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The review also found evidence that several medications and behavioral therapies can help patients suffering from bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. more

 

This week, the FDA approved a new vaccine to reduce the risk of shingles (herpes zoster) for use in people 60 years of age and older.