Volume 8 Issue 31
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Jan-2006 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Pollution puts fat rats at heart attack risk

Obese individuals at risk of diabetes are in danger of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, when exposed to pollution from diesel exhaust or power plant emissions, says a University of Alberta researcher who is sounding the alarm in a study offering the first direct proof of that relationship. more  

University of Kentucky researcher identifies key to macular degeneration progression

Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati UK HealthCare physician and Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, announced a discovery by his research team that will impact how physicians and patients approach treatment for macular degeneration. more

Infant transplant patients resist infections that kill adult AIDS patients

Investigators have discovered that some type of protective system goes into action in some cases when a baby's immune system is deficient. This discovery indicates a hidden safety net that might have far-reaching consequences for treating diseases of the immune system such as AIDS. more  

New study shows that variety is overrated, especially in our choices for others

Variety is the spice of life, right? Well, not as much as we expect it to be. Contrary to our own predictions, we generally get more satisfaction from eating our favorite foods repeatedly than from having a wide variety of menu options. New research forthcoming in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research shows that when it comes to choosing foods for others, we even more egregiously overestimate the desire for variety. more

Study finds nerve damage in previously mysterious chronic pain syndrome 

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found the first evidence of a physical abnormality underlying the chronic pain condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome-I (CRPS-I). In the February issue of the journal Pain, they describe finding that skin affected by CRPS-I pain appears to have lost some small-fiber nerve endings, a change characteristic of other neuropathic pain syndromes. more

You don't say: Patient-doctor nonverbal communication says a lot  

A shoulder shrug. Lack of eye contact. A hand gesture. What patients don't say can be just as important as what they do, according to a study of nonverbal behavior published in a January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. more

Research shows brain's ability to overcome pain and thirst

Researchers at Melbourne's Howard Florey Institute have discovered how the brain prioritises pain and thirst in order to survive - a mechanism that helps elite athletes to 'push through the pain barrier'. more


What patients don't say can be just as important as what they do.