Volume 9 Issue 35
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Feb-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Feb-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Pilot study shows withdrawal drug offers symptom relief to Crohn's sufferers

A Penn State College of Medicine pilot study suggests a low dose of naltrexone, a drug used to ease symptoms of alcohol and drug addiction, may also bring relief to people with Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the intestine that affects an estimated 500,000 Americans. The study results were released online this week in an early edition of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. more  

Lipid plays big role in embryonic development

A little-known lipid plays a big role in helping us grow from a hollow sphere of stem cells into human beings, researchers have found. They found that in the first few days of life, ceramide helps stem cells line up to form the primitive ectoderm from which embryonic tissues develop, says Dr. Erhard Bieberich, biochemist at the Medical College of Georgia. more

Helium helps patients breathe easier

It makes for bobbing balloons and squeaky voices, but now helium is also helping people with severe respiratory problems breathe easier. more  

UCLA find yields further insight into causes of Parkinsonís disease

In humans, a dearth of the neurotransmitter dopamine has long been known to play a role in Parkinson's disease. It is also known that mutations in a protein called parkin cause a form of Parkinson's that is inherited. more

Developing an objective method of determining when boxing matches should be stopped  

Towards developing an objective method of determining when boxing matches should be stopped, a computerized approach to counting punches at ringside identifies certain characteristics related to deaths in the ring, reports a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery. more

Recent coffee research provides an extra perk  

Like much-publicized green tea, which has garnered considerable attention due to its high antioxidant content, researchers have found that coffee is quite high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are generally helpful substances, found in foods, which scavenge unstable molecules (free radicals) in your body. Free radicals contribute to oxidative stress, which, over time, can cause inflammation and other unhealthy changes in your cells. more

Time spent driving an automobile may increase skin cancer risk

Drivers who spend a significant amount of time in their cars might find themselves in the fast lane for developing future skin cancers, according to new research examining the incidence of left-sided skin cancers in patients and driving trends of adults seen at a Midwestern university dermatology clinic. more

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A computerized approach to counting punches at ringside identifies certain characteristics related to deaths in the ring.