Volume 9 Issue 133
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-May-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-May-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Students devise oral quick-dissolve strips for rotavirus vaccine

A thin strip that dissolves in the mouth like a popular breath-freshener could someday provide life-saving rotavirus vaccine to infants in impoverished areas. The innovative drug-delivery system was developed by Johns Hopkins undergraduate biomedical engineering students. more  

Pediatricians and pathologists see traumatic brain injury differently

Confronted with the same hypothetical scenarios of traumatic brain injuries to children, pediatricians and pathologists were unable to agree half the time whether the deaths should be investigated as potential child abuse, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine found. more

According to a study conducted by the UGR, 100% of pregnant women have at least one kind of pesticide in their placenta

Human beings are directly responsible for more than 110,000 chemical substances which have been generated since the Industrial Revolution. Every year, we “invent” more than 2,000 new substances, most of them contaminants, which are emitted into the environment and which are consequently present in food, air, soil and water. Nonetheless, human beings are also victims of these emissions, and involuntarily (what is known in this scientific field as “inadvertent exposure”), every day humans ingest many of these substances which cannot be assimilated by our body, and are accumulated in the fatty parts of our tissues. more  

Polyphenols, dietary substances from vegetables, fruits and green tea, bring about a change in the energy metabolism

Dutch researcher Vincent de Boer has discovered that polyphenols increase the fatty acid breakdown in rats and influence the glucose use in fat cells. more

Mammography rates declining in the United States  

Since 2000 mammography rates have declined significantly in the United States, according to a new study. Published in the June 15, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study by Dr. Nancy Breen from the National Cancer Institute and co-authors confirms that screening mammography rates to detect breast cancer fell by as much as four percent nationwide between 2000 and 2005. This is the first study to show that the trend is nationwide among women for whom the test is intended to reduce mortality risk. more

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month 

Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension. If it is not found and treated, the condition can cause major health problems such as stroke, heart disease, eye problems, or kidney failure. Your doctor can tell you how to prevent and control high blood pressure. NCCAM is studying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for this condition – such as mindfulness based stress reduction. Be sure to tell your doctor about any CAM therapies you are considering, including herbal or dietary supplements. Ask your health care providers about its safety, effectiveness, and possible interactions with medications (both prescription and nonprescription). more

Ask your patients about their use of complementary and alternative medicine

Did you know that almost two-thirds of people aged 50 and older are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? According to a recent survey less than one-third of those people talk with their providers about CAM use. more

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A thin strip that dissolves in the mouth like a popular breath-freshener could someday provide life-saving rotavirus vaccine to infants in impoverished areas