Family History of Prostate Cancer Has No Impact On The Treatment OutcomesIn a first of its kind study, a first-degree family history of prostate cancer has no impact on the therapy outcomes of patients with prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy (also called seed implants), and patients with this type of family history have clinical and pathologic characteristics similar to men with no family history at all, as per a January 1 study in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 1/2/2009 9:46:10 AM)
No cancer prevention potential for common vitaminsWomen who took beta carotene or vitamin C or E or a combination of the supplements had a similar risk of cancer as women who did not take the supplements, as per data from a randomized controlled trial in the December 30 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Epidemiological studies have suggested that people whose diets are high in fruits and vegetables, and thus antioxidants, may have a lower risk of cancer. Results........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/31/2008 7:21:55 AM)
Taking one gene at a time in lung cancerWhile examining patterns of DNA modification in lung cancer, a team of international scientists has discovered what they say is a surprising new mechanism. They say that "silencing" of a single gene in lung cancer led to a general impairment in genome-wide changes in cells, contributing to cancer development and progression.
In the January 1, 2009, issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, they also........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 12/31/2008 7:14:01 AM)
Reason for failure of hormonal therapy of prostate cancerThe hormone deprivation treatment that patients with prostate cancer often take gives them only a temporary fix, with tumors commonly regaining their hold within a couple of years. Now, scientists at Johns Hopkins have discovered critical differences in the hormone receptors on prostate cancer cells in patients who no longer respond to this treatment. The findings, published in the Jan. 1 issue of Cancer Research, could lead to a way to track........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 12/31/2008 7:11:21 AM)
Are chemotherapy errors common?Seven percent of adults and 19 percent of children taking chemotherapy drugs in outpatient clinics or at home were given the wrong dose or experienced other mistakes involving their medications, as per a newly released study led by Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and reported in the January 1, 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology
"As cancer care continues........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/30/2008 11:01:10 PM)
Anti-fungal drug against asthmaSome patients with severe asthma who also have allergic sensitivity to certain fungi enjoy great improvements in their quality of life and on other measures after taking an antifungal drug, as per new research from The University of Manchester in England.
The findings were published in the first issue for January of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
"We knew that a number of people........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 12/30/2008 7:13:25 AM)
Use your unconscious brain to make the best betsScientists at the University of Rochester have shown that the human brainonce believed to be a seriously flawed decision makeris actually hard-wired to allow us to make the best decisions possible with the information we are given. The findings appear in today's issue of the journal Neuron
Neuroresearchers Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky received a 2002 Nobel Prize for their 1979 research that argued humans rarely make rational decisions.........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/28/2008 11:21:19 PM)
Insights into the X chromosome matchmakingA research group lead by researchers at the University of Warwick has discovered the trigger that pulls together X chromosomes in female cells at a crucial stage of embryo development. Their discovery could also provide new insights into how other similar chromosomes spontaneously recognize each other and are bound together at key parts of analogous cell processes. This is an important mechanism as the binding togetgher of too a number of of........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/28/2008 11:05:44 PM)
Young People and AlcoholAs the party season approaches, a timely reminder of the issues surrounding the binge drinking culture are again highlighted by research into 'young people and alcohol' a team lead by Professor Christine Griffin, at the University of Bath. The research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) suggests several considerations for future policy.
Focusing on the role of marketing practices in shaping young people's attitudes........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/28/2008 10:58:54 PM)
Don't put all your bets on fish oilIt is established that fish oil protects against deaths from heart problems, but don't count on fish oil to provide a clear benefit in heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
More funding is urgently needed in this neglected area of nutrient research, say the authors of an accompanying editorial.
Consuming oily fish at least two to four times a week is recommended for patients after a heart attack. But the evidence for the protective........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/24/2008 5:24:24 AM)
Family Depression May Have Lasting Effects On TeensThe country's economic crisis could have lasting effects on children from families that fall into poverty, as per a new paper by scientists from Iowa State University's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research.
Their study of 485 Iowa adolescents over a 10-year period (1991-2001) observed that early socioeconomic adversity experienced by children contributes to poor mental health by the time they become teens -- disrupting their........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/23/2008 10:25:09 PM)
Genes may influence popularityA groundbreaking study of popularity by a Michigan State University scientist has observed that genes elicit not only specific behaviors but also the social consequences of those behaviors.
As per the investigation by behavioral geneticist S. Alexandra Burt, male college students who had a gene linked to rule-breaking behavior were rated most popular by a group of previously unacquainted peers.
It's not unusual for adolescent........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/22/2008 9:45:57 PM)
Law Enforcement to Deter Drinking and DrivingRecent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that an estimated 2 million drunk drivers with three or more convictions will be on the roads this holiday season. In 2007, approximately 1,500 people nationwide were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. Scientists from the University of Missouri and the University of Georgia observed that the most important........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/22/2008 9:24:40 PM)
Medical lessons from cell phonesCell phones have already revolutionized the way people around the world communicate and do business. Thanks to advances being made at UCLA, they are about to do the same thing for medicine.
In the lab of UCLA electrical engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan, a prototype cell phone has been constructed that is capable of monitoring the condition of HIV and malaria patients, as well as testing water quality in undeveloped areas or disaster........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 12/22/2008 9:19:17 PM)
Role of cardiovascular proteins in Alzheimer'sScientists have observed that two proteins which work in tandem in the brain's blood vessels present a double whammy in Alzheimer's disease. Not only do the proteins lessen blood flow in the brain, but they also reduce the rate at which the brain is able to remove amyloid beta, the protein that builds up in toxic quantities in the brains of patients with the disease.
The work, described in a paper published online Dec. 21 in the journal........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/22/2008 5:33:20 AM)
A new model for studying cancerNew research sheds light on a common link between tumor formation and Costello Syndrome, an inherited developmental disorder in which patients have cardiac defects, mild mental retardation, and face-shape abnormalities. The study reported in the journal Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM), dmm.biologists.org uses a zebrafish model to help explain a puzzling correlation between Costello syndrome and cancer.
Costello Syndrome is one of several........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/22/2008 5:24:37 AM)
First trimester smoking linked to oral cleftsSmoking during the first trimester of pregnancy is clearly linked with an increased risk of cleft lip in newborns. Genes that play a role in detoxification of cigarette smoke do not appear to be involved. This is shown in a new study reported in the journal Epidemiology.
Oral clefts are one of the most common birth defects. Closure of the lip occurs about 5 weeks into pregnancy, followed by closure of the palate at week 9. If this does not........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:29:55 AM)
Dangerous skin cancerThe German Cancer Society has worked out new guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of cancerous melanomaa disease with unfavorable prognosis. Cancerous melanoma is responsible for 90% of deaths from skin cancer. The incidence has increased 5-fold within the last 30 years and UV radiation is believed to be an important cause. Caucasian populations are most affected.
Claus Garbe of Tbingen University and his coauthors present the treatment........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:26:35 AM)
How We Make Proper MovementsWhen you first notice a door handle, your brain has already been hard at work. Your visual system first sees the handle, then it sends information to various parts of the brain, which go on to decipher out the details, such as color and the direction the handle is pointing. As the information about an object is sent further along the various brain pathways, more and more details are noticed-in that way, a simple door handle turns into a........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:18:10 AM)
Group treatment may help children achieve healthier weightsGroup-based therapy programs may effectively combat childhood obesity in rural communities, as per a new University of Florida study.
Children who participated in one of two group programs family-based or parent-only were less overweight compared with children in a control group. The findings are reported in the recent issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
The UF study is the first to assess the effectiveness of a child........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:14:30 AM)
Chronic pancreatitis pain: Relief with antioxidantsAntioxidant supplementation was found to be effective in relieving pain and reducing levels of oxidative stress in patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP), reports a newly released study in Gastroenterology CP is a progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas in which patients experience abdominal pain (in early stage) and diabetes and maldigestion (in late stage). Pain is the major problem in 90 percent of patients with CP and currently,........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 1/2/2009 10:26:27 AM)
Components of grape-seed may control leukemiaAn extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, as per scientists from the University of Kentucky. They observed that within 24 hours, 76 percent of leukemia cells had died after being exposed to the extract.
The investigators, who report their findings in the January 1, 2009, issue of Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, also teased apart the cell signaling........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/31/2008 7:18:50 AM)
Evaluating the century old treatment for peptic ulcerBismuth compounds have been used for centuries in medicine. The discovery of H. pylori in 1983 led to renewed interest in bismuth compounds, because these were found to successfully treat the infection in combination with antibiotics. However, in the 1970s bismuth salts, used at high doses for prolonged periods, were found to lead to neurotoxicity. There has been no summary of evidence for the toxicity of bismuth when used for short periods as........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 12/31/2008 7:16:07 AM)
Nanoparticles aimed at cancer go with a glitterUsing tiny gold particles and infrared light, MIT scientists have developed a drug-delivery system that allows multiple drugs to be released in a controlled fashion.
Such a system could one day be used to provide more control when battling diseases usually treated with more than one drug, as per the researchers.
"With a lot of diseases, particularly cancer and AIDS, you get a synergistic effect with more than one drug," said Kimberly........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/30/2008 11:05:55 PM)
Food additive may increase speed spread of lung cancerNew research in an animal model suggests that a diet high in inorganic phosphates, which are found in a variety of processed foods including meats, cheeses, beverages, and bakery products, might speed growth of lung cancer tumors and may even contribute to the development of those tumors in individuals predisposed to the disease.
The study also suggests that dietary regulation of inorganic phosphates may play an important role in lung cancer........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 12/30/2008 7:15:05 AM)
How your facial expressions are formed?Facial expressions of emotion are hardwired into our genes, as per a research studypublished recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology The research suggests that facial expressions of emotion are innate rather than a product of cultural learning. The study is the first of its kind to demonstrate that sighted and blind individuals use the same facial expressions, producing the same facial muscle movements in response to........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/30/2008 7:11:39 AM)
What triggers Alzheimer's disease?A slow, chronic starvation of the brain as we age may be a main triggers of a biochemical process that causes some forms of Alzheimer's disease.
A newly released study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine has found when the brain doesn't get enough sugar glucose -- as might occur when cardiovascular disease restricts blood flow in arteries to the brain -- a process is launched that ultimately produces the sticky clumps........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/28/2008 11:15:20 PM)
Take care of that childhood anxiety disorderAnxiety disorders in children and adolescents should be recognized and treated to prevent educational underachievement and adult substance abuse, anxiety disorders and depression, says a nationally recognized child psychiatry expert from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
In an editorial appearing in the Dec. 25 issue of New England Journal (NEJM), Dr. Graham Emslie, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at UT Southwestern, urges awareness........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/28/2008 11:11:59 PM)
Cancer drug bortezomib find new usesScientists have discovered a new treatment for transplant patients, targeting the antibody-producing plasma cells that can cause organ rejection.
Results of the study are reported in the Dec. 27, 2008, edition of the journal Transplantation
Steve Woodle, MD, and his colleagues observed that a cancer drug bortezomib used to treat multiple myeloma, or cancer of the plasma cells, is effective in treating rejection episodes caused by........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/28/2008 11:02:03 PM)
Making the contraceptive pills available without prescriptionMaking the contraceptive pill available without prescription will not reduce unwanted pregnancies, says an expert in an article published on bmj.com today.
Sarah Jarvis from the Royal College of Physicians argues that it is a lack of daily compliance with taking oral contraceptives which is partly responsible for the high rates of unintended teenage pregnancies in the UK.
Studies have shown that nearly half of all women taking the oral........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/24/2008 5:16:07 AM)
Preventing breast cancer with broccoliWomen should go for the broccoli when the relish tray comes around during holiday celebrations this season.
While it has been known for some time that eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, can help prevent breast cancer, the mechanism by which the active substances in these vegetables inhibit cell proliferation was unknown until now.
Researchers in the UC Santa Barbara laboratories of Leslie Wilson,........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/23/2008 10:34:18 PM)
Weight issues in children starting schoolImmigrant children have a greater risk of suffering from overweight and obesity. This is the result of a study from Augsburg with 2306 children examined on starting school. Elisabeth Weber and her coauthors present the results in the current issue of Deutsches rzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztbl Int 2008; 105 [51-52]: 883-9). The doctors recorded not only the age, sex, weight, and height of the children, but also their mother tongue. Their........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/22/2008 9:38:06 PM)
Nutritious fast-food kids' meals are scarceOnly 3 percent of kids' meals served at fast-food restaurants met federal dietary guidelines in the first study to examine the nutrient quality of such meals in a major U.S. metropolitan market.
Michigan State University's Sharon Hoerr, a food science and human nutrition researcher with the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, teamed up with economist Sharon O'Donnell and pediatrician Jason Mendoza from Baylor College of Medicine in........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/22/2008 9:27:20 PM)
Artificial human bone marrow in a test tubeArtificial bone marrow that can continuously make red and white blood cells has been created in a University of Michigan lab.
This development could lead to simpler pharmaceutical drug testing, closer study of immune system defects and a continuous supply of blood for transfusions.
The substance grows on a 3-D scaffold that mimics the tissues supporting bone marrow in the body, said Nicholas Kotov, a professor in the U-M departments of........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/22/2008 9:22:06 PM)
Predicting metastasis from colon cancerCancer Scientists at the Max Delbrck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and the Charit Universitts Medizin Berlin (Gera number of) have identified a gene which enables them to predict for the first time with high probability if colon cancer is going to metastasize. Assistant Professor Dr. Ulrike Stein, Professor Peter M. Schlag, and Professor Walter Birchmeier were able to demonstrate that the gene MACC1 (Metastasis-Associated in........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 12/22/2008 5:27:42 AM)
Genes that may cause lung cancerIndividuals with particular variants of certain genes involved in metabolizing the most potent carcinogen found in cigarette smoke have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. That is the conclusion of a new study reported in the February 1, 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-evaluated journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results may help shed light on how lung cancer develops and could have important implications for preventing........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 12/22/2008 5:22:04 AM)
How you see yourself while pregnantBody image is a tricky thing for a number of women. Like looking into a funhouse mirror, the way they perceive their bodies can make them think they're thinner or more obese than they actually are. Scientists led by Temple University's Sharon Herring, MD, MPH, have observed that this misperception is linked to excess weight gain during pregnancy which can cause complications for both mother and baby.
As per a research findings published on........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/22/2008 5:19:51 AM)
Obesity and Lymphedema Risk in Breast CancerThroughout the world, 10 million breast cancer survivors have a lifetime risk for developing lymphedema, a chronic condition that involves swelling of the limbs and impacts physical and psychosocial health. Second only to the recurrence of cancer, it is the most dreaded effect of breast cancer therapy. In a new study, University of Missouri scientists observed that the risk of developing lymphedema is 40 percent to 60 percent higher in women........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:24:36 AM)
Medical acupuncture gaining acceptance by the US Air ForceNew Rochelle, NY, December 18, 2008Medical acupuncture, which is acupuncture performed by a licensed doctor trained at a conventional medical school, is being used increasingly for pain control. Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of Medical Acupuncture, a peer-evaluated journal (www.liebertpub.com/acu) and the official journal of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, is at the forefront of these efforts in the military.
........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:21:24 AM)
Cough medicine ingredient could treat prostate cancerA study published recently in the recent issue of the European medical journal Anticancer Research demonstrates that an ingredient used in a common cough suppressant may be useful in treating advanced prostate cancer. Scientists observed that noscapine, which has been used in cough medicine for nearly 50 years, reduced tumor growth in mice by 60% and limited the spread of tumors by 65% without causing harmful side effects.
Prostate cancer........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 12/19/2008 5:12:59 AM)