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Health News Archive - June 14, 2005

Oral health of residents in homes needs more attention.

A team of researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Institute of Neuroscience at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has discovered that tetanus toxin, which causes tetanus, could be extremely useful as a therapy against psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and anorexia, and to slow the progress of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Health professionals led by a cancer specialist from the University of Edinburgh have put forward the case for finding new and fairer ways to assess the value of treatments for patients who will eventually die from their condition. Writing in the current edition of the British Medical Journal (10 June, 2005) the experts argue that this issue should be explored because of its impact on national decisions about which new treatments are funded.

Research carried out with the participation of the University of Navarra has shown how a determinate molecule helps an important pathogen, Brucella abortus, escape destruction within the cells charged with eliminating infectious agents (macrophages). This research has been published in Nature Immunology scientific magazine.

Fish oil may be good for some heart conditions, but not dangerous heart rhythms.

A combination of long-term training, fat loss raises power gain to 18%: improvement aimed at Tour de France climbs. Winning combo: high maximum capacity, efficient sub-maximal capacity.

When Dad decided it was time for his boys to learn how to swim, he took us down to the Green River near Woodbury, Ky., and pretty much threw us in. Unlike the old Red Skelton story, we didn't have to fight our way out of a grass sack to find the surface.

Medicare's quality improvement organizations are charged with improving the medical care of Medicare beneficiaries. A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports that hospitals that actively participate with these quality improvement organizations do not consistently show any greater improvement than hospitals that do not.

Hospitals that participate with the quality improvement organization (QIO) program are not more likely to show improvement on quality indicators than hospitals that do not participate, according to a study in the June 15 issue of JAMA.

When combined with diet, exercise and behavioral therapy, orlistat, a drug that decreases fat absorption, appears helpful for improving weight management in obese adolescents, compared with placebo, according to an article in the June 15 issue of JAMA.

Word of the Day
plim
  • To swell, as grain or wood with water.
The word 'plim' is probably a variant of the word 'plum'.
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