Volume 9 Issue 12
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Jan-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Spread of modern humans occurred later than previously thought?

The spread of modern humans out of Africa occurred 40,000 to 50,000 years later than previously thought, according to researchers including one Texas A&M University anthropologist. more  

States with higher levels of gun ownership have higher homicide rates

Firearms are used to kill two out of every three homicide victims in America. In the first nationally representative study to examine the relationship between survey measures of household firearm ownership and state level rates of homicide, researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that homicide rates among children, and among women and men of all ages, are higher in states where more households have guns. The study appears in the February 2007 issue of Social Science and Medicine. more

Cyclic vomiting syndrome: Recurring and unexplained episodes destroy teeth

Health risks are everywhere and as many as people know about, there are still many of which people are unaware. Parents face even more concerns when it comes to protecting children. Some diseases and problems are more prevalent in children--like cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS). more  

Can prunes reverse bone loss after menopause?

Could a handful of nutrient-rich dried plums each day help keep the doctor away by actually reversing bone loss in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis or osteoarthritis? A unique clinical study under way in the Florida State University College of Human Sciences means to find out. more

Resurgence and spread of syphilis in China is a rapidly increasing epidemic  

The resurgence and spread in China of syphilis, an infection eliminated there from 1960 to 1980, represents a rapidly increasing epidemic calling for urgent intervention, according to authors of a new report documenting rising infection rates. more

Gene that makes people 'early to bed and early to rise' demystified  

The recent discovery that a mutant "clock" gene made some people "early to bed and early to rise," a condition known as familial advanced sleep phase syndrome (FASPS), offered one of the first glimpses into the genetic basis of sleep in humans. Now, researchers report in the Jan. 12, 2007 issue of the journal Cell, published by Cell Press, new evidence that helps to explain just how their bodies' natural alarm clocks get set to such an early wake-up time. more

Clinical alert on drug-eluting stents and late thrombosis

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) today released a clinical alert advising physicians on practical steps for reducing the risk of a rare but serious complication associated with the use of drug-eluting stents. The document follows hearings held by the Food and Drug Administration's Circulatory Systems Device Panel regarding the use of these devices. The panel supported the continued use of these devices but also suggested more research to determine whether the devices contribute to an increased likelihood of heart attack and death in complex heart disease patients who receive these stents. more

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Firearms are used to kill two out of every three homicide victims in America