Volume 9 Issue 59
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Feb-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Mar-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Appearance concerns related to depression in patients with rheumatic disease

Patients with rheumatic disease can experience physical deformities, especially of the hands and feet in the case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or skin rashes and lesions and hand deformity in the case of systemic lupus erthyematosus. Few studies on body image concerns have been conducted, but research shows that women with lupus and RA have poorer body image than healthy women. A new study published in the March 2007 issue of Arthritis Care & Research examined the relationship between physical appearance concerns and psychological distress (depression and anxiety) in patients with RA and lupus. more  

Complications following hip replacement more common in obese patients, especially women

Obese patients tend to have a higher prevalence of total hip replacements due to a higher incidence of hip osteoarthritis. This is of particular concern in light of the trend in rising rates of obesity in developed countries. A new study published in the March 2007 issue of Arthritis Care & Research (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/arthritiscare) evaluated the effects of obesity on complications and outcomes following total hip replacements and investigated whether the results differed in obese women and men. more

UW scientists unlock major number theory puzzle

Mathematicians have finally laid to rest the legendary mystery surrounding an elusive group of numerical expressions known as the "mock theta functions." more  

Eating ice cream may help women to conceive, but low-fat dairy foods may increase infertility risk

Drinking whole fat milk and eating ice cream appears to be better for women trying to become pregnant than a diet consisting of low-fat dairy products such as skimmed milk and yoghurt, according to new research published in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction, today (28 February). more

Use of some antioxidant supplements may increase mortality risk  

Contradicting claims of disease prevention, an analysis of previous studies indicates that the antioxidant supplements beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase the risk of death, according to a meta-analysis and review article in the 28 February issue of JAMA. more

Delays and lack of communication to primary care physicians common after hospital discharge  

Primary care physicians often do not receive adequate patient information from the hospital-based physician following discharge, according to a review article in the February 28 issue of JAMA. more

Brain works more chaotically than previously thought; Information is not only transferred at synapses

The brain appears to process information more chaotically than has long been assumed. This is demonstrated by a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Bonn. The passing on of information from neuron to neuron does not, they show, occur exclusively at the synapses, i.e. the junctions between the nerve cell extensions. Rather, it seems that the neurons release their chemical messengers along the entire length of these extensions and, in this way, excite the neighbouring cells. The findings of the study are of huge significance since they explode fundamental notions about the way our brain works. more

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Contradicting claims of disease prevention, an analysis of previous studies indicates that the antioxidant supplements beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase the risk of death.