Volume 9 Issue 129
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-May-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-May-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Majority of herb users don't follow evidence-based indications, researchers find

Sales of herbal dietary supplements have skyrocketed by 100 percent in the United States during the last 10 years, but most people don’t consider evidence-based indications before using them, according to a University of Iowa study published in this month’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings. more  

New therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases

The focus of work in the Neurosciences Department’s Neurobiology Laboratory at the University of the Basque Country’s Faculty of Medicine and Odontology is the investigation of the molecular and cellular bases of neurodegenerative illnesses – those that affect the brain and the spinal cord. Some of these neurodegenerative illnesses are well known and affect a significant part of the population, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. more

Drinking farm milk reduces childhood asthma and allergies but raw consumption remains unsafe

Drinking farm milk can protect children against asthma and hayfever, according to a study of nearly 15,000 children published in the May issue of Clinical and Experimental Allergy. more  

Use of Swedish 'snus' is linked to a doubled risk of pancreatic cancer

People who use Swedish moist snuff (snus) run twice the risk of developing cancer of the pancreas. This is the main result of a follow-up study conducted by Karolinska Institutet researchers amongst almost 300,000 male construction workers. The study is published today online in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. more

Study finds gap between practice, attitudes toward medical errors  

When it comes to disclosing medical errors to patients, there is a gap between physicians' attitudes and their real-world experiences admitting such errors, according to a University of Iowa study. more

HIV/STI risk behaviors in delinquent youth: A community health problem 

Results of a recent study of 800 juvenile detainees aged 10–18 finds that young people involved in the juvenile justice system are at great risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and this risk increases dramatically as they age. Because the majority of incarcerated youth return to their communities, HIV/STI risk behaviors among this population represent a public health concern for both the individual and the community. more

First molecular examination of HIV in high-risk people along U.S.–Mexico border

The first report examining the subtypes of HIV infection among injecting drug abusers and female sex workers along the U.S.–Mexico border shows evidence of resistance to antiretroviral drugs in people who had not taken the medications, posing a potential public health threat. more

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Drinking farm milk can protect children against asthma and hayfever