(April 17, 2009 - Insidermedicine) From Denmark - According to research in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, intake of polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated fats can help reduce coronary artery disease. In a review of 11 studies involving over 340,000 patients, researchers found that substituting polyunsaturated fatty acids for saturated fats as 5% of caloric intake was protective against coronary events and coronary deaths.
From Rochester - According to research from the University of Rochester Medical Center, a drug for severe osteoporosis may have some unexpected benefits. In a study of 145 patients, researchers found that 93% of those treated with teriparatide experienced complete recovery of slow-to-heal fractures within 12 weeks. The researchers conclude that the drug stimulates the bone's stem cells, resulting in rapid healing.
And finally, from San Diego - According to research in the British Medical Journal, combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder may be influenced by health status before deployment. In a study of 5,400 veterans, researchers found that those who already had mental or physical health problems were more than twice as likely to develop PTSD. This at-risk population could be targeted for PTSD prevention programs.
For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Allison Chow from Queen's University.