Volume 9 Issue 116
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Apr-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Leading toxicologist warns against new drug of abuse

Professor Alison Jones said benzylpiperazine was a “new drug of abuse” which could have serious clinical effects - similar to those of ecstasy to which it is structurally related. more  

New test helps identify hepatitis C patients at high risk of developing cirrhosis

A researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine has helped confirm the reliability of a new test for liver disease that is ushering in the long-promised era of personalized medicine based on each individual's genetic makeup. more

Costs of treating arthritis on the rise nationwide, study finds

The amount Americans spent on arthritis medications more than doubled between 1998 and 2003, due to the fast-rising number of people with the disease, increases in the number of medications they take each month and the inflation-adjusted cost per prescription, according to a new study led by a UCSF researcher. more  

Copper surfaces may inhibit influenza A transmission

Researchers have determined that copper surfaces are significantly better than stainless steel at protecting against influenza A exposure. They report their findings in the April 2007 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. more

Chronic wasting disease transmissible among rodents  

For the first time, a new study demonstrates that certain rodents can be directly infected with CWD and therefore serve as animal models for further study of the disease. The researchers report their findings in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Virology. more

Oral vaccine containing salmonella may protect against aerosolized anthrax 

Researchers from the U.S. and abroad have developed an orally administered Salmonella-based vaccine that protects mice against aerosolized anthrax and may also have human implications. They report their findings in the April 2007 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. more

Teens can perform CPR as well as adults and should be taught from an early age

Thirteen year olds can perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as adults, finds a study published on bmj.com today. The authors suggest that children as young as nine years old should be taught CPR skills including chest compressions. more

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Thirteen year olds can perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as adults.