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Health News Archive - June 16, 2005

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Experts have long noted the "placebo effect" -- that a sham pill can bring about real pain relief or symptom improvement. Now, a new study finds that placebos may bring emotional relief to people, too.

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For almost an hour at a time, twice a day, two days a week in the deep heat of a Louisiana summer, Dawn Wesson stands in an urban backyard like a human scarecrow, arms spread wide, trying to attract mosquitoes. The two species of mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever and dengue fever will be attracted to her odor and try to land.

Despite an intensive effort, researchers have yet to identify the genes that cause bipolar disorder, yet the practical benefits of such a discovery could reap rich rewards for those suffering from the mental illness.

Researchers from Duke University's Medical Center and Pratt School of Engineering have demonstrated that they can grow new human blood vessels from cells taken from patients who especially need such assistance – older adults with cardiovascular disease.

The most common form of lung cancer may begin in a group of newly isolated lung stem cells, according to researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Scientists have tracked down the biological trigger that gives rise to Van Buchem disease, a hereditary, disfiguring bone disorder that can cause blindness and deafness. The findings provide insight into long-range gene regulation and could lead to new treatments for osteoporosis and other crippling bone disorders.

Experts go head to head in this week's BMJ over whether everyone over 50 should take a daily aspirin to reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Risk for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychosis among patients with epilepsy.

The European working time directive may put doctors' and patients' lives at risk, warn experts in this week's BMJ.

Planned home births for low risk women in the United States are associated with similar safety and less medical intervention as low risk hospital births, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Word of the Day
pungle
  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.
This word comes from the Spanish 'pongale,' put it.
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