Volume 9 Issue 170
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Jun-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jun-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Severe human bite wounds are 12 times more common in men

Men are 12 times more likely than women to sustain severe human bite injuries for which surgery may be necessary, according to a study published in the July issue of the Emergency Medicine Journal. more  

Coffee drinking protects against an eyelid spasm

People who drink coffee are less likely to develop an involuntary eye spasm called primary late onset blepharospasm, which makes them blink uncontrollably and can leave them effectively ‘blind’, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. more

Obese heart attack patients are more likely to survive after treatment than normal-weight patients

Obese and very obese patients have a lower risk of dying after they have been treated for heart attacks than do normal weight patients, according to research published in the European Heart Journal today (Wednesday 20 June). more  

Study demonstrated ROZEREM (ramelteon) does not affect body sway

Two studies presented today demonstrated that ROZEREM did not affect body sway at peak plasma levels, nor did it impair middle-of-the-night balance, mobility or memory performance in patients who suffer from chronic insomnia. The results of the studies were presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). more

Increased alcohol intake associated with decreased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis  

New data presented today at EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain, suggests that alcohol may protect against rheumatoid arthritis, with three units a week exhibiting protective effects and ten units a week being more protective still. An alcohol consumption of three units per week or more also reduced the risk by smoking or by a genetic predisposition to RA. more

Gum disease in postmenopausal women linked to oral bone loss 

A study conducted in a large sample of postmenopausal women by University at Buffalo epidemiologists has provided new information on the prevalence of certain gum-disease-causing oral bacteria in this population and the association of the bacteria with oral bone loss. more

1 in 100 11-year-olds use drugs to enhance performance in sport

More than one per cent of eleven year olds admit using performance enhancing drugs to do better in sports reports a study published online ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. more

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Alcohol may protect against rheumatoid arthritis