Volume 8 Issue 151
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jun-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Tests for 'face-blindness' reveal disorder may not be so rare

Researchers at Harvard University and University College London have developed diagnostic tests for prosopagnosia, a socially disabling inability to recognize or distinguish faces. They've already used the new test and a related web site (www.faceblind.org) to identify hundreds of "face-blind" individuals, far more than scientists had identified previously. more  

Vaccinate or not? Treat or not? Study looks at tricky health decisions

If a deadly bird flu reaches America, which would you choose: To get a risky experimental vaccine now, or to forego that risk but face an even greater risk of dying in the epidemic? What would you choose for your child? What if you were in charge of public health for your community? more

UCLA/VA study: Many patients not receiving follow-up tests after positive screening for colon cancer

A UCLA/Veteran's Affairs study showed that more than 40 percent of patients who initially had received a positive result on a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) -- an initial screening tool for colon cancer -- did not receive appropriate diagnostic follow-up tests such as a colonoscopy or barium enema in 2002. According to the authors, the study may even underestimate this problem in the United States, since previous studies have shown the VA's level of preventive care and follow-up traditionally has been higher than at most other health care settings. more  

Epidemic of unneeded amputations

Non-traumatic amputations those caused by arterial blockages related to diabetes, smoking, obesity and vascular system complications are occurring at an alarming rate. Yet physicians may be too quick to amputate as 85 percent of them may be preventable, according to the International Diabetes Foundation. more

International study launched testing new drug combination to cut cardiovascular disease 

A major international study to test whether a new combination treatment that increases good "HDL" cholesterol prevents heart attacks and strokes will start to recruit patients later this year, it was announced today (Wednesday 31 May). more

A new link between ozone and cardiovascular disease  

Chemists are reporting evidence that toxic compounds produced in the human body by ozone can trigger the formation of the artery blockages that cause heart attacks and strokes. more

A dozen cloves of garlic a day keeps the doctor away?

The classic fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears showcases a bedrock principle of pharmacology. The beneficial effect of drugs often is dose-dependent. One dose is not enough. Another is too much. Yet another dose is just right. Shela Gorinstein and colleagues in Israel and Poland have discovered that the Goldilocks rule prevails for garlic. more


In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 1.8 million people living with limb loss