Volume 9 Issue 109
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Apr-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Fewer heart patients need antibiotics before dental procedures

Based on a review of new and existing scientific evidence, most dental patients with heart disease do not need antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis (IE), a rare, but life-threatening heart infection. more  

Delirium could be prevented in a third of cases

At least one third of cases of delirium could be prevented if better systems of care were in place according to a doctor in today's BMJ. more

Eating less salt could prevent cardiovascular disease

People who significantly cut back on the amount of salt in their diet could reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by a quarter, according to a report on bmj.com today. more  

Novel drug preventing protein recycling shows potential for treating leukemia

Researchers from the Children's Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that a novel targeted therapy effectively treats acute leukemia in animal models by preventing cancer cells from being purged of damaged proteins. more

UCLA/Toronto researchers unlock key to memory storage in brain  

Scientists know little about how the brain assigns cells to participate in encoding and storing memories. Now a UCLA/University of Toronto team has discovered that a protein called CREB controls the odds of a neuron playing a role in memory formation. The April 20 edition of Science reports the findings, which suggest a new approach for preserving memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's or other brain injury. more

Pay incentives for physicians may lead to improved care  

Financial incentives for physicians mean better care for patients, according to a six-year study of a large preferred provider organization in Hawaii. more

Patients with psoriasis prone to diabetes and serious cardiovascular condition

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by thick, red, scaly plaques that itch and sometimes bleed, causing considerable discomfort and emotional stress for patients. In addition to the daily chore of dealing with the physical symptoms of this condition, new research suggests an association between psoriasis and two potentially serious medical conditions diabetes and atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries. more

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People who significantly cut back on the amount of salt in their diet could reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by a quarter.