Volume 8 Issue 158
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jun-2006 
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Study aims to cut deaths from severe infection in hospital wards

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are aiming to reduce the risks posed by a life-threatening condition which affects four in ten of Scottish intensive care patients. The project will measure the extent of severe sepsis –life-threatening bacterial infection – in Scottish hospitals. more  

Tuberculosis drug may cure Parkinson's-like illness

Researchers have discovered that a drug used to treat tuberculosis apparently cures patients of a Parkinson's-like illness suffered by thousands of mineworkers, welders and others exposed to high levels of the metal manganese. more

Negative body image related to depression, anxiety and suicidality

Adolescents with negative body image concerns are more likely to be depressed, anxious, and suicidal than those without intense dissatisfaction over their appearance, even when compared to adolescents with other psychiatric illnesses, according to a new study by researchers at Bradley Hospital, Butler Hospital and Brown Medical School. more  

Loss of central vision with age may be linked to quality of dietary carbohydrates

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in older adults and a person's risk may partly depend upon diet. When it comes to carbohydrates, quality rather than quantity may be more important, according to new research by Allen Taylor, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University, and colleagues. Their findings were reported in the April 2006 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. more

Old technology helps find new test for leg artery disease 

Between 8 and 12 million Americans are affected by peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, where the arteries that bring blood to the legs are blocked by atherosclerotic plaque. The incidence of PAD is expected to rise in coming decades as the population ages, one reason it's vital to develop new methods to diagnose the severity of PAD and develop new drugs to treat it. more

Pneumonia can be treated effectively in nursing homes, reducing transfers to hospital  

There may be no advantage to taking nursing home residents to hospital for treatment of pneumonia. They can do as well if they receive the same medical treatment at their residence, a study conducted by McMaster University researchers and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has shown. more

Transcription factor protein's role in cell death, neurodegeneration, and schizophrenia

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine discovered that a protein called Elk-1 interacts with mitochondria, the energy storehouse of a cell, suggesting that this protein – typically active in the nucleus – could play a role in cell death, and mitochondria-related diseases such as neurodegeneration and schizophrenia. more


Adolescents with negative body image concerns are more likely to be depressed, anxious, and suicidal than those without intense dissatisfaction over their appearance