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Attitudinal barriers to school breakfast programs identified
Focus groups conducted by Penn State researchers have identified the attitudinal barriers among parents, students, school administrators and foodservice directors that contribute to Pennsylvania's low rate of participation in school breakfast programs. (2003-10-28)

Unusual form of memory loss often confused for Alzheimer's disease
Over 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. Its high prevalence may lead people to believe that dementia is always due to Alzheimer's disease and that memory loss is a feature of all dementias. However, nearly a quarter of all dementias, especially those of presenile onset, may be caused by diseases other than Alzheimer's disease. (2003-10-16)

SMART-1 ion engine fired successfully
SMART-1's revolutionary propulsion system was successfully fired at 12:25 UT on 30 September, 2003, in orbit around the Earth. (2003-10-01)

Are hepatitis A vaccine boosters unnecessary?
Authors of a review article in this week's issue of The Lancet propose that booster vaccinations for hepatitis A virus (HAV) are unnecessary for people with a healthy immune system. The authors highlight how immune memory-the protective capacity of the immune system after specific antibodies have become undetectable-could result in immune protection for up to 25 years. (2003-09-25)

Screening for depression at primary level could be next trend in healthcare
Given that one out of three patients seen by a primary physician suffers from a mental disorder, administering a simple screening measure at this level is not only effective, it's needed, says a Texas A&M University psychologist. (2003-09-16)

School PE lessons don't reflect kids' activity levels
The total amount of physical activity done by primary school children does not depend on how much physical education is timetabled at school because children compensate out of school, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-09-11)

HAART therapy significantly prolongs survival in AIDS patients with central nervous system lymphoma
AIDS patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma who receive the HAART (2003-07-30)

Physician assistants, nurses and family physicians more likely to care for underserved, study says
A first-time look at who is providing health care to the neediest populations in California and Washington states reveals that physician assistants, nurses and family physicians are more likely than others in primary care to serve the underserved. (2003-07-29)

Making sense of bacterial biodiversity
An article in Ecology Letters this month, reports that primary productivity can influence the diversity of bacterial communities. Increasing primary productivity can alter the number of taxonomic groups of bacteria present, and the response can vary among different bacterial taxonomic groups. Bacteria may comprise the majority of the earth's biodiversity, and understanding the relationship between primary productivity and bacterial diversity is an important step toward understanding the processes responsible for the maintenance of bacterial biodiversity. (2003-07-02)

Some success seen with depression treatment by phone
Phone calls can help primary care doctors and nurses deliver follow-up care to patients who are depressed, a new study suggests. (2003-05-16)

Queen's study targets family doctors in treatment of obesity
In the wake of recent alarming reports that inactive, overweight Canadians are on a fast track to heart disease, researchers at Queen's University believe their new obesity study will change the way Canadian primary health care is delivered. (2003-05-14)

Migraine sufferers may not be receiving most effective treatment
The majority of people who suffer from migraine headaches, characterized as painful, disabling and recurring headaches, may not be receiving the most effective treatments, according to a study published this month in Headache. (2003-04-10)

Is primary-care research a lost cause?
This week's editorial discusses the status of primary-care research, and is critical of leaders in family medicine who have failed to identify a clear course of action for future research in this crucial area. (2003-03-20)

Primary care in the United States in crisis
Primary care is in crisis - especially as changes occur in the United States population and in the financing and organization of the health care system, according to a series of reports led by a UCSF research team. (2003-02-03)

Patient expectations of care may exceed government targets
Patients may have expectations for access to primary care in excess of current government targets, finds a study in this week's BMJ. Patients also have high expectations of continuity of care. (2003-01-30)

Angioplasty better than medical therapy after heart attack
US authors of a systematic review in this week's issue of THE LANCET conclude that angioplasty offers a better prognosis than medical therapy for people with a specific type of heart attack profile. (2003-01-02)

Team care doubles benefits of depression treatment for older adults
A team care approach more than doubles the effectiveness of depression treatment for older adults in general medical settings, according to a new UCLA/Dartmouth study. The findings reported in the December 11 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), show the benefits of a model primary care program to treat late life depression. (2002-12-10)

Scientists discover gene 'signature' for tumor's tendency to spread
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Whitehead Institute have discovered a pattern of genetic activity in several types of primary tumors that appears to predict the likelihood that they will spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body. If larger studies support these findings, this early indicator of life-threatening cancer spread might lead to a clinical test that would help determine appropriate treatment. (2002-12-08)

Survival after melanoma not affected by surgical background
Survival of melanoma patients does not depend on the surgical background of the person removing the primary tumour, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-28)

Totality of evidence shows aspirin reduces risk of a first heart attack by one-third
Aspirin conclusively reduces the risk of a first heart attack by 32%, according to a new report by researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute. The findings were presented today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in Chicago. (2002-11-18)

The brain gets the big picture
New research by neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis and the University of Minnesota shows that higher regions of the brain can quickly recognize patterns and shapes and tell lower areas of the brain to stop processing the information. The finding helps explain how the human brain makes sense of what the eyes see. (2002-10-31)

Patients often miss out on nutrition counseling, at cost to health
Nutrition counseling can make a difference in the health of high-risk patients, yet it takes place in a minority of primary care visits, according to a study. (2002-09-24)

A strong primary care system is good for a nation's health
The stronger a country's network of primary care providers, the lower the health care costs and the better a population's health are generally, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2002-06-24)

Pitt researchers find gender differences in the mental health care of children
There are substantial gender differences in the mental health care of children, according to a study published in the May issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study, led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed that boys and girls who presented similar symptoms were likely to receive a gender-based diagnosis: boys were more likely to be diagnosed with and treated for a mental health problem than girls. (2002-05-14)

'Practical gynecology' book published by ACP-ASIM
More patients are bringing gynecologic issues to their primary care physicians. However, clinical experience in gynecology during residency training has often been insufficient. A new book, (2002-05-09)

Study shows loosening managed care restrictions may improve doctor-patient relationship
Managed care restrictions that require patients to select a primary care physician or obtain authorization for specialty care referrals were associated with a low patient-practitioner relationship rating in a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. According to the researchers, loosening the (2002-04-15)

Patients prefer care from a nurse practitioner than from a doctor
Patients are more satisfied with care from a nurse practitioner than from a doctor, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-04-04)

Raloxifene following tamoxifen may offer no more reduction in breast cancer risk
A new study done in mice suggests that taking raloxifene after 5 years of tamoxifen therapy may not further prevent the growth of breast cancers. What's more, raloxifene may stimulate the growth of endometrial tumors, concludes a study in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2002-02-19)

Whither the GP who can do everything?
Dr. Benjamin Chan used Ontario Health Insurance Plan billing data to track the participation rates of general practitioners and family physicians in 6 nonoffice settings across Ontario to track a reported decline in the provision of comprehensive care by family physicians. (2002-02-18)

Women more likely to get regular cancer screening if primary care is well-organized, study finds
Low-income, inner-city women--shown in previous studies to be less likely to get regular screenings for cancer and more likely to die from late-stage disease--tend to more closely follow screening recommendations if their primary health care provider provides comprehensive, well-organized services, according to research conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center. These findings were published in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2002-02-06)

US female physicians' study links personal dietary habits to patient counseling
In a study examining parallels between female physicians' personal diet-related habits and the counseling they provide to their patients, Frank et al. found that each physician's experiences with her weight and the relative healthiness of her diet influence the frequency and emphasis of nutritional advice she gives to her patients. (2002-01-22)

Health care providers' approach to patient care linked to successful physician-patient relationships, study finds
The way in which a health care provider organizes patient care has been linked to successful patient-physician relationships in a study published in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study involved 1,205 primarily low-income African American women living in Washington, DC. (2002-01-14)

Organization of health care facility linked to successful patient-physician relationship
The quality of a low-income woman's relationship with her primary care physician is profoundly affected by the way her health care site is organized, according a study published in the January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Study findings indicate that a facility is more likely to make a lower-income woman feel that her care provider is compassionate. (2002-01-12)

Stable methadone patients can successfully continue treatment in a primary care physician's office,Yale researchers find
When stable methadone patients, who were formerly addicted to heroin and other narcotics, switch from a narcotic treatment program to a physician's office for continuing methadone maintenance treatment, they become more accepting of the treatment and they continue to do well, Yale researchers have found. (2001-10-30)

Improved care needed for people with depression
Around 450 million people worldwide have mental or psychosocial problems, but up to a quarter of those who turn to health services for help will not be correctly diagnosed and will not, therefore, get the right treatment. (2001-10-25)

Measuring brain activity in people eating chocolate offers new clues about how the body becomes addicted
Using PET scans to measure brain activity in people eating chocolate, a team of U.S. and Canadian neuroscientists believe they have identified areas of the brain that may underlie addiction and eating disorders. (2001-08-28)

Playground bullies healthier than their victims
Primary school bullies are healthier and mentally stronger than their victims, a representative survey suggests. The study authors suggest that pure bullies may have a constitution that allows them to be dominant in inappropriate ways. (2001-08-21)

Sanitary facilities in primary schools are inadequate
Provision of sanitary facilities in primary schools is inadequate, despite recent evidence that almost one in eight girls start their periods while still at primary school, according to a letter in this week's BMJ. (2001-08-16)

Socialization messages in American primary schools: An organizational analysis
A widespread belief among the American public is that schools no longer (2001-08-10)

Study finds parents of chronically ill children avoid switching to HMO
Parents of children with chronic conditions are not likely to choose an HMO plan, according to a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers. The report, in the August issue of Pediatrics, suggests these parents are willing to pay higher costs for medical care in order to have direct access to specialists. (2001-08-06)

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