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Eating Whole Grains To Decrease Heart Risk

Eating Whole Grains To Decrease Heart Risk
Elderly adults may derive heart benefit from eating whole grains like high-fiber cereals and cooked oatmeal as per findings from a new study. Researchers from University of Maryland in College Park evaluated 535 adults between 60 and 98 years of age and have found that, those who ate more whole-grain foods were less likely to develop a group of risk factors known as metabolic syndrome or to die of cardiovascular disease over the next 12 to 15 years.

Researchers say that the benefits of such whole grain cereals may not be limited to just elderly people and suggested that young and old alike should follow experts' advice to bump up.........Go to the heart watch blog

Unraveling The Mysteries Of Cancer Spread

Unraveling The Mysteries Of Cancer Spread
There is a thin line where the tumor meets the normal tissue and this is the most vital part, where important interactions occur between the normal tissue and cancer cells. Cancer cells that meet the normal tissue gets signals instructing them to Tumor cells that border normal tissue receive signals that give them clear instruct them to leave the tumor and travel through the body, resulting in the formation of deadly metastatic tumors in other locations.

In a recent study, which was published in the journal Developmental Cell, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is trying to unravel the mysteries of the cancer spread. They focus on the importance of a tumor's environment. These researches also provide more information about the process of metastasis. .........Go to the cancer blog

Gamma Knife Surgery Improves Survival

Gamma Knife Surgery Improves Survival
Gamma knife, or radio-surgery is a method of treating brain tumors with focused radiation beams. Until now it was considered a palliative treatment meaning that is was only thought to improve symptoms. Now there is evidence to suggest that many patients can survive for years after undergoing effective gamma knife radio-surgery for cancers that have spread to the brain.

Radio-surgery is shown to be capable of extending survival by 13 months or longer, depending on the tumor type. These conclusions come from a recent research conducted by Dr. Douglas Kondziolka and colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.........Go to the breast cancer blog

Alcohol Advertising May Lead To Increased Drinking

Alcohol Advertising May Lead To Increased Drinking
Young people who view more alcohol advertisements tend to drink more alcohol, according to a new study in the recent issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Young people are beginning to drink at an earlier age than ever before and their actions can have consequences ranging from.........Go to the Society news blog

Acrylamide Does Not Cause Colon Cancer

Acrylamide Does Not Cause Colon Cancer
Remember all that media frenzy about acrylamide in fried snacks last year. The media has given a lot of space for the possible link between acrylamide and cancer. Now there is information from a new research finding is available that suggest that all that noise and fury were probably for nothing.

Acrylamide is present in cooked and especially fried snacks like potato chips, pretzels and popcorn. This new study from Harvard medical center has shown that dietary intake of acrylamide does not appear to be associated with colorectal cancer at least in women.........Go to the colon cancer blog

Brain Volume And Dementia

Brain Volume And Dementia
Reduced volume, or atrophy, in parts of the brain known as the amygdala and hippocampus may predict which cognitively healthy elderly people will develop dementia over a six-year period, as per a studyin the recent issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.........Go to the Neurology news blog

Eating Disorders May Cause Problems In Infants

Eating Disorders May Cause Problems In Infants
Certain complications during and immediately after birth are associated with the development of the eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, as per a studyin the recent issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Eating disorders are believed to be caused by a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors, according to background information in the article.........Go to the Psychology news blog

Link Between High-Fat Diet and Type 2 Diabetes

Link Between High-Fat Diet and Type 2 Diabetes
Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have discovered a molecular link between a high-fat, Western-style diet, and the onset of type 2 diabetes. In studies in mice, the researchers showed that a high-fat diet interferes with a genetic mechanism they discovered that promotes insulin production, resulting in the classic signs of type 2 diabetes.........Go to the Diabetes news blog

Reducing Secondhand Smoke in Homes

Reducing Secondhand Smoke in Homes
People who see news stories and advertisements about the dangers of secondhand smoke are more likely to feel that it is harmful, and may restrict smoking at home, according to new research published in the American Journal of Health Behavior. The study by W. Douglas Evans, of the nonprofit research corporation RTI International, and his colleagues found that anti-secondhand smoke media messages have a strong indirect effect on smoking restrictions in the home.........Go to the Society news blog

Americans Consume Too Much Salt

Americans Consume Too Much Salt
Despite counseling by physicians, Americans still consume far too much sodium, putting them at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to a new study in the latest issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Eventhough people who already have high blood pressure, or hypertension, generally consume less sodium than others, their average daily intake is still far higher than recommended levels, according to lead researcher Umed Ajani, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion.........Go to the Heart news blog

Obesity And Prostate Cancer

Obesity And Prostate Cancer Harder
Obesity may make it harder to find prostate cancer, leading to delayed diagnosis and putting some men at an even greater risk for dying of the disease, according to a multi-university study led by a researcher from Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Prostate Center. As a result, the scientists are recommending that physicians be particularly thorough when examining obese men for prostate cancer.........Go to the Prostate cancer blog

Can you become pregnant after breast cancer treatment?

Can you become pregnant after breast cancer treatment?
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have shown that ovarian hormone levels may predict which women are likely to become infertile after chemotherapy to treat breast cancer. Their findings may ultimately enable physicians to identify at-risk breast cancer patients who could benefit from fertility-preserving therapys, said Carey Anders, M.D., lead author of the study.........Go to the Breast cancer news blog

Abdominal Chemo Boosts Survival In Ovarian Cancer Patients

Abdominal Chemo Boosts Survival In Ovarian Cancer Patients
50-year-old method for delivering chemotherapy directly into the abdomen is making a comeback as researchers have found that it increases survival - by more than a year - in some women with advanced ovary cancer. Results from a seven-year study of more than 400 patients nationwide are published in the January 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.........Go to the Overian cancer blog

Telomerase And More

Telomerase And More
With seed money from Johns Hopkins Institute of Cell Engineering, a Johns Hopkins geneticist and her team have discovered a critical link between the health of stem cells and the length of the chromosome ends within them. Chromosome ends, or telomeres, are repetitive stretches of DNA that protect chromosomes in much the same way as plastic tips on shoelaces prevent the fabric from fraying. Each time a cell divides, its chromosome ends get a little shorter, and eventually the cell can no longer divide because its critical genetic information is exposed. In stem cells, however, a protein called telomerase normally maintains the telomeres' length, allowing the cells to divide indefinitely.........Go to the Cancer news blog

More children in the United States will be protected

More children in the United States will be protected
The 2006 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule was released recently, with the updated schedule including new recommendations that will help protect adolescents from meningitis and pertussis (also known as "whooping cough") and all children from hepatitis A. The annual childhood and adolescent immunization schedule is a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The 2006 immunization schedule can be located at CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule --- United States, 2006.........Go to the Pediatric news blog

 

Diabetic Drugs May Cause Blurry Vision

Diabetic Drugs May Cause Blurry Vision
The Food and Drug Administration and manufacturer of two popular drugs Avandia and Avandamet have recently announced the use of these drugs could lead to serious side effects. This warning jointly issued by the federal agency and the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline state that use of these drugs could lead to blurry vision due to swelling in the retina of the eye and swelling of the legs and feet,

The company however issued a statement stating that these serious side effects can occur but are very rare. The company says it has received such very rare reports of new or worsening diabetic macular.........Go to the diabetes watch blog

Jury Rules Asbestos Link From Welding Rods To Mesothelioma

Jury Rules Asbestos Link From Welding Rods To Mesothelioma
This case has been pending in New York State appeals court for some time, but on Dec. 29th in a first-ever jury finding that asbestos-containing welding rods, sold in the billions up to the early 1980's, had caused lung cancer and mesothelioma. Attorney Jerome H. Block of the nationally known mass toxic tort law firm of Levy Phillips and Konigsberg has recently made this announcement.

This New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First, upheld the July 2003 jury verdict in favor of.........Go to the lung cancer blog

Does Screening For Prostate Cancer Saves Lives?

Does Screening For Prostate Cancer Saves Lives?
The debate over the reason to screen males for prostate cancer continues. Adding to this debate. two widely used screening tests for prostate namely digital rectal examination (DRE) and PSA testing does not save lives as per a new study.

This was a small study, which included only 1,002 men, and for the same reason will not be the final word on this controversy. Nevertheless, this may hint at what lies in the lead when the results of two large studies of prostate cancer screening appear in a few years.

The researchers looked at these two common screening tests that are performed millions of times a year in the United States: PSA, and a DRE. .........Go to the prostate cancer blog

Children's Weight And Neighborhood Safety

Children's Weightand Neighborhood Safety
Children who live in neighborhoods that their parents believe are unsafe are more likely to be overweight than those in neighborhoods perceived as safe, as per a studyin the recent issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.........Go to the WeightWatch blog

Your Purse And Depression Treatment

Your Purse And Depression Treatment
Low-income people with depression are less likely to respond to therapy and more likely to be suicidal than those who have higher incomes, as per a studyin the recent issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Socioeconomic factors, including income, education and occupation, have long been linked to health status, illness and death. Research has shown that people with lower socioeconomic status (SES) are more likely to develop a depressive illness.........Go to the Psychology news blog

Resistant Bacteria In Intensive Care Units

Resistant Bacteria In Intensive Care Units
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium is becoming more prevalent in a number of intensive care units, according to an article in the Feb. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for a variety of infections that patients often acquire in the hospital. Skin infections are the most common, but MRSA can also infect the heart, the lungs, and the digestive tract. The emergence of MRSA and other drug-resistant bacteria may be due in part to over-prescribing and overuse of antibiotics.........Go to the Infectious disease news blog

How Seniors Sleep Without Drugs

How Seniors Sleep Without Drugs
A new study lays to rest the notion that sleepless seniors might respond poorly to therapys that emphasize behavioral treatment over drugs. Behavioral interventions for insomnia offer "a very powerful strategy" in people over 55, said Michael Irwin, M.D., of UCLA, the lead author of a systematic evidence review. "Their benefits may be greater than pharmacologic therapys, because they can persist for a longer period of time."........Go to the Society news blog

Elderly With Alcoholism And Heart Attack

Elderly With Alcoholism And Heart Attack
Older Americans with alcohol problems do not get worse therapy than their sober peers when they are hospitalized for a heart attack, according to new research on Medicare patients across the country. Alcoholic patients were less likely than sober patients to receive beta-blocker drugs when they were discharged from the hospital, but there were no other significant therapy differences between the two groups. The study is published in the latest issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.........Go to the Heart news blog

Treating Glaucoma Early

Treating Glaucoma Early
Treatments that delay the progression of glaucoma may significantly reduce the economic health burden on people with the disease and on the U.S. health system, according to a new study by scientists at Duke University Eye Center and elsewhere. Their findings appear in the January 9, 2006, issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog

Adolescents, Females, and Alcohol

Adolescents' Females' and Alcohol
Studies with rats have revealed that adolescents and female adults show less sensitivity to the sedative effects of alcohol than do adult males, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. They said the animals are similar enough to humans that their findings offer significant insight into how the human brain may react to alcohol. For example, they said, their findings may help to explain why adolescents under the influence of alcohol may be more likely to engage in risky behavior -- they are less sedated. Also, said the researchers, their findings may help explain why women are less likely to become addicted to alcohol.........Go to the Psychology news blog

Gene Mutation Means Poor Outcomes In Thyroid Cancer

Gene Mutation Means With Poor Outcomes In Thyroid Cancer
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that a mutation in the gene that triggers production of a tumor growth protein is linked to poorer outcomes for patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). A report on the study is published in the recent issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.........Go to the Cancer news blog

Molecule From The Sea Kills Cancer Cells

Molecule From The Sea Kills Cancer Cells
A natural chemical made by a New Zealand sea sponge exerts its deadly effects on cancer cells by preventing the cells' protein-building machinery from turning on, Johns Hopkins researchers report in the Dec. 9 issue of Molecular Cell. The chemical's anti-cancer effects have been known since 1991, but this is the first comprehensive report to show how the molecule, known as pateamine A (PatA), stalls the growth of so-called eukaryotic cells -- cells that have membranes and a nucleus.........Go to the Cancer news blog

Integrating New Neurons In To Adult Brain

Integrating New Neurons In To  Adult Brain
In experiments with mice, researchers from Johns Hopkins' Institute for Cell Engineering have discovered the steps mandatory to integrate new neurons into the brain's existing operations. For more than a century, researchers thought the adult brain could only lose nerve cells, not gain them, but in fact, new neurons do form during adulthood in all mammals, including humans, and become a working part of the adult brain in mice at the very least.........Go to the Neurology news blog

Estimating Frequency of Birth Defects

Estimating Frequency of Birth Defects
Among the 18 major birth defects studied, orofacial clefts (cleft lip and cleft palate) were the most common birth defect in the United States, affecting an estimated 6,800 infants annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates released in its journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Major birth defects are conditions that are present at birth and have a serious, adverse impact on health, development or functional ability.........Go to the Pediatric news blog

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