Volume 9 Issue 117
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Apr-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Apr-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Scientists find missing link to understand how plants make vitamin C

Vitamin C is possibly the most important small molecule whose biosynthetic pathway remained a mystery. That is until now. more  

Aspirin may be less effective heart treatment for women than men

A new study shows that aspirin therapy for coronary artery disease is four times more likely to be ineffective in women compared to men with the same medical history. more

The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women '07 - 20th Anniversary Edition

The 122-page, full-color, twentieth anniversary edition of the Healthy Heart Handbook for Women provides the most recent information on women's heart disease and practical suggestions for reducing your own risk. more  

The Heart Truth for Women: An Action Plan

Good news! Heart disease is a problem you can do something about. This fact sheet will help you find out your personal risk of heart disease. Then, it will show you how you take steps to improve your heart health and reduce your chances of developing heart disease. more

Dua anti-reflux stent relieves GI upper cancer distress  

An anti-reflux valve developed to help esophageal cancer patients also has been shown to help those with bile duct obstruction, according to Kulwinder S. Dua, M.D., a research physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The study, using the anti-reflux biliary stent in patients with cancer of the pancreas or bile duct, appears in the May issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy journal. more

Anti-dandruff compound may help fight epilepsy 

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that the same ingredient used in dandruff shampoos to fight the burning, itching and flaking on your head also can calm overexcited nerve cells inside your head, making it a potential treatment for seizures. Results of the study can be found online in Nature Chemical Biology. more

Protein may hold key to decreasing organ dysfunction rates in heart transplants

A new study, led by Felix Aigner, M.D., has identified a protein known as Lipocalin-2 (Lcn-2) as potentially responsible for regulating the body’s inflammatory response during heart transplants. One of the major complications involved with many transplantations is the damage done to the transplanted heart during and immediately following surgery, known as ischemia and reperfusion (IR). In particular, inflammatory cells infiltrate the donated heart, which then releases enzymes and other proteins that attack the transplanted tissue, and can seriously impair the viability of replacement organs and jeopardize the health of the patient. The identification of Lcn-2 could be a first step towards reducing this inflammatory response and increasing the success rate of heart transplants worldwide. The study appears in American Journal of Transplantation. more

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