Volume 9 Issue 115
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Apr-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Apr-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Decision making by the growing elderly population is uncharted territory

The human brain’s ability to process information declines with age, but knowledge about the world through experiences tends to rise over time. So how do these shifts affect a person’s ability to make sound decisions? more  

New blood test can diagnose and monitor treatment of Parkinson's disease

Dr Qiao-Xin Li and colleagues from The University of Melbourne and The Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, along with Prof Malcolm Horne from the Howard Florey Institute, found people with PD had low levels of the brain-secreted protein ‘alpha-synuclein’ in their blood, while people without PD had high levels of the protein. more

Mayo Clinic study finds heart transplant patients benefit from new approach to immunosuppression

A new immunosuppression regimen for heart transplant patients can improve kidney function and prevent transplant coronary artery disease, according to two new Mayo Clinic studies. Mayo researchers will report their findings on April 26 at The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in San Francisco. more  

Hay fever can send work productivity down the drain

Employers can blame hay fever for the loss of millions of hours of work productivity this spring. more

One-third of sexually active older adults with HIV/AIDs has unprotected sex  

One out of three sexually active older adults infected with HIV has unprotected sex, according to a study by Ohio University researchers. A survey of 260 HIV-positive older adults found that of those having sex, most were male, took Viagra and were in a relationship. more

Commonly used pain medications do not prevent Alzheimer's disease 

Over-the-counter pain medication naproxen and prescription pain reliever celecoxib do not prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published April 25, 2007, in the online edition of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These findings appear to contradict earlier observational studies, which found sustained use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may have a protective effect against Alzheimer's disease. more

Morphine makes lasting – and surprising – Change in the brain

Morphine, as little as a single dose, blocks the brain’s ability to strengthen connections at inhibitory synapses, according to new Brown University research published in Nature. more

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Having a high quality of life requires good decisions, yet we know next to nothing about age differences in decision making.