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Depression may be one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease
Symptoms of depression may be one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, occurring up to three years before the disease is diagnosed, according to a study in the December 10 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (1999-12-09)

Donated organs 'heirlooms not spare parts'
New ESRC-funded research carried out at Edinburgh University's Department of Social Anthropology calls into question the idea that organ donation is an altruistic gift requiring no thanks on the part of the recipient. It also highlights the fact that bereaved families of donors are not always comforted by giving the (1999-08-06)

Stress common in AIDS victims who respond well to drug therapy
What happens to people who have accepted imminent death, but then learn that they will live? A new study of the psychological impact of revival on people who have HIV and AIDS finds that miracle improvements in health, brought about by highly active combination drug therapies, (1999-08-02)

David Sington Wins Sullivan Award For Excellence In Science Journalism
David Sington has been named winner of the 1999 Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Writing for his eight-part television series, (1999-04-15)

Bosnian Refugees' PTSD Rates 25 Times Higher Than Swedes'
War is stressful, and civil war perhaps most of all, but now scientists have documented just how traumatically stressful it can be. Two Swedish researchers screened 206 Bosnian refugees and found that 18 to 33 percent of them suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 25 to 68 times the prevalence in a comparison group. (1999-01-12)

Fetuses Destined For Abortion May Be Used To Test Gene Therapy
Controversial plans to treat unborn children with gene therapy have become even more contentious. A researcher at the University of Southern California is seeking approval from the US government for the first clinical trial of gene therapy on fetuses destined for abortion. (1998-10-07)

Should Doctors Perform An Elective Caesarean Section On Request?
Rates of Caesarean section are rising and mothers' requests for elective Caesarean section in an uncomplicated pregnancy are common. Performing a Caesarean section when it is not clinically indicated has traditionally been considered inappropriate but views may be changing, as reported by Sara Paterson-Brown from Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London and Olubusola Amu and colleagues from Leicester General Hospital. (1998-08-14)

Drug's Effect On Chromosomes May Explain Second Cancers
A relatively new and highly useful anticancer drug may work by cutting up the ends of chromosomes, regions known as the telomere, new research shows. The finding may help explain a serious after-effect of the drug -- in a small number of patients, it gives rise to often-fatal secondary cancers. (1998-05-25)

Extreme Fatigue Increases Risk Of Blood Clot Formation
In the months before a heart attack, many people feel extremely tired. A new study suggests that people with this kind of exhaustion have elevated measures of blood clot formation, indicating that an increased tendency to develop blood clots may be a link by which exhaustion relates to a future heart attack. (1998-05-22)

Book For Parents On Choosing Quality Child Care
To help parents make sensible and trustworthy choices in the potentially overwhelming world of child care options, Cornell University Professor Moncrieff Cochran and wife, Eva Cochran have co-authored a new handbook that gives parents the tools to collect and assess information on child care. (1997-10-02)

Capital Punishment Decisions Hinge On Jurors Who May Not Understand Their Task
People called upon to sit on juries for capital crimes often do not understand the language of the law, the factors they are supposed to weigh in considering a sentence, or even that they have final responsibility for imposing punishment. New research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks ways to improve the judgment of jurors who literally make life and death decisions (1997-01-14)

Latchkey Youth At Much Greater Risk For Alcohol And Drug Use
About half of middle-school-age kids routinely spend time home alone after school, according to estimates. Those who do are much more likely to experiment with alcohol or drugs, says a University of Illinois researcher, based on a survey of fifth through seventh-graders work in three communities. (1996-11-07)

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