Volume 8 Issue 55
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Feb-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Feb-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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While concerned, most Americans do not expect widespread human cases of avian flu in U.S. in the next year

The latest national poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that at the moment, the majority of the American public is concerned about the threat of avian flu, but only a small proportion is very concerned. However, should cases of avian flu emerge in poultry or humans in this country, the public reaction could lead to significant disruption of the economy and the health care system. more  

Study shows that soda consumption increases among adolescent girls as they get older

There are growing concerns over the effects of increased consumption of sodas and fruit drinks among adolescents in the United States. A study in the February issue of The Journal of Pediatrics examines this trend among black and white girls over a ten year period. more

Living taste cells produced outside the body

Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have succeeded in growing mature taste receptor cells outside the body and for the first time have been able to successfully keep the cells alive for a prolonged period of time. The establishment of a viable long-term model opens a range of new opportunities to increase scientists' understanding of the sense of taste and how it functions in nutrition, health and disease. more  

Microbes convert 'Styrofoam™' into biodegradable plastic

Bacteria could help transform a key component of disposable cups, plates and utensils into a useful eco-friendly plastic, significantly reducing the environmental impact of this ubiquitous, but difficult-to-recycle waste stream, according to a study scheduled to appear in the April 1 issue of the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology. more

Preliminary study shows creatine and minocycline may warrant further study in Parkinson’s disease 

A National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trial with 200 Parkinson's disease patients has shown that creatine and minocycline may warrant further consideration for study in a large trial, according to Karl Kieburtz, M.D., M.P.H., University of Rochester, who spoke today at the World Parkinson Congress on behalf of the trial investigators. Study investigators caution that while the news is encouraging, the results do not demonstrate that these agents are effective in Parkinson's disease. Before these interventions can be recommended as a treatment they must be tested in a larger trial with hundreds of patients. Study findings are available online and will be published in the March 14 issue of Neurology. more

Medication-releasing stents viable alternative to CABG  

Severe stenosis (blockage) to the left main coronary artery - a condition commonly called a “widow-maker” - can result in sudden death. For nearly 30 years, the gold standard for treatment has been coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). more

Treatments based on human behavior could reduce drug prescribing

New psychological treatments - behavioral medicine - could significantly reduce the need for drug treatments for some conditions, cutting health system costs says an editorial in this week’s BMJ. more


Bacteria could help transform a key component of disposable cups, plates and utensils into a useful eco-friendly plastic.