Volume 8 Issue 21
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jan-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jan-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Researchers isolate causes of cognitive loss following coronary artery bypass surgery

Minimizing trauma to the body's largest artery – the aorta – during heart bypass surgery can significantly reduce cognitive loss that often follows the operation, a team from Wake Forest University School of Medicine reported today (Jan. 21) in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. more  

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move

The MRI and CT scan may one day have a robotic cousin capable of following and peering into patients as they move around. more

Metabolic syndrome identified as risk factor for kidney-pancreas transplant patients

A three-year multi-center study of kidney-pancreas transplant recipients has identified a new risk factor for impaired kidney function, which may help physicians refine their treatment strategies. more  

New compound stops brain cell degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Drug discovery researchers at Northwestern University have developed a novel orally administered compound specifically targeted to suppress brain cell inflammation and neuron loss associated with Alzheimer's disease. more

FDA approves updated labeling with boxed warning and medication guide for two eczema drugs, Elidel and Protopic 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of updated labeling for two topical eczema drugs, Elidel Cream (pimecrolimus) and Protopic Ointment (tacrolimus). The labeling will be updated with a boxed warning about a possible risk of cancer and a Medication Guide (FDA-approved patient labeling) will be distributed to help ensure that patients using these prescription medicines are aware of this concern. The new labeling also clarifies that these drugs are recommended for use as second-line treatments. This means that other prescription topical medicines should be tried first. Use of these drugs in children under 2 years of age is not recommended. more

Minimizing trauma to the aorta during heart bypass significantly reduces post-operative cognitive loss  

Minimizing trauma to the body’s largest artery – the aorta – during heart bypass surgery can significantly reduce cognitive loss that often follows the operation, a team from Wake Forest University School of Medicine reported today (Jan. 21) in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. more

Recognize retinal problems -- and seek immediate care

If you experience sudden vision changes -- many floaters or specks, flashing lights, blurred or wavy vision, a dark spot in the middle of your vision, or a sudden vision loss -- seek emergency medical care. more

 

Floaters or specks, flashing lights, blurred or wavy vision, a dark spot in the middle of your vision, or a sudden vision loss are all signs that immediate emergency medical care is necessary to preserve sight.