Radiofrequency ablation for kidney tumorsA relatively new, minimally invasive therapy was 93 percent successful in eradicating cancerous kidney tumors, as per a recent study conducted by scientists from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
I have performed a number of radiofrequency ablations of renal tumors and the results looked promising, said Ronald J. Zagoria, MD, lead author of the study. I wanted to scientifically review the data to better........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 8/3/2007 9:59:39 PM)
Controlling stress helps fight chronic diseases such as LupusLupus is an autoimmune disease affecting more than 5 million people around the world, and makes the immune system attack the body's cells and tissue as if they were enemies.
- It especially affects women of fertile age between 15 and 44 years old.
- A study conducted at the University of Granada (Universidad de Granada) shows that reducing stress in people suffering from lupus also decreases some symptoms of this disease such as........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 8/3/2007 5:30:00 AM)
Electric fields as cancer treatmentLow-intensity electric fields can disrupt the division of cancer cells and slow the growth of brain tumors, suggest laboratory experiments and a small human trial, raising hopes that electric fields will become a new weapon for stalling the progression of cancer. The research, performed by an international team led by Yoram Palti of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, is explained in the recent issue of Physics Today, the........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 8/3/2007 5:24:46 AM)
Heat-related deaths in middle, high school football playersEvery year, Fred Mueller compiles a sports list, but unlike popular pre-season picks or a glamorous hot-recruit sheet, nobody envies him this task. Some years the list is longer than others, but, Mueller said, theres no reason any kid should be on it.
Its a list of boys who died playing or practicing football, kids whose body temperatures rose so high and so fast under the summer sun that their brains couldnt keep up, couldnt regulate their........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 8/3/2007 5:06:43 AM)
Sleep is the right ingredient for academic successReturning to the classroom after a three-month break signals that summer is drawing to a close. For children and teens, the end of summer also means an end to the long daylight hours that allows them to stay out later, as well as the long lazy mornings of sleeping in. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) advises children and teens that sleep habits adopted over the summer will need to be changed when school starts in order to ensure........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 8/1/2007 9:20:41 PM)
New technique for earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancerA new optical technology, coupled with routine endoscopy, may enable doctors to detect the subtle tell-tale traces of early pancreas cancer, as per scientists at Northwestern University in Illinois. The optical technology, developed by biomedical engineers at Northwestern exposes cellular changes indicative of cancer in tissue near the pancreas that had previously been detectable only through intensive radiologic scanning or invasive surgery,........Go to the Pancreatic cancer blog (Added on 8/1/2007 9:18:10 PM)
Vaccine For Metastatic Colorectal CancerA therapeutic cancer vaccine has shown effectiveness when given alongside chemotherapy to patients with metastatic colorectal cancer in a phase II trial, as per scientists at Oxford BioMedica (UK) Ltd. The study observed that six of the 17 metastatic colorectal cancer patients in the study showed tumor shrinkage, classified as complete or partial responses following independent expert review.
The study, published in the August 1 issue of........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 8/1/2007 9:03:45 PM)
Taming the anthrax threatIn the American governments biodefense efforts, the potential for terrorists to cause a deadly anthrax outbreak remains a significant concern, six years after the letter attacks that shook the nation shortly after 9/11.
Now, scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School have developed the first complete picture of how anthrax-causing bacteria survive and grow inside unwitting immune cells their supposed attackers during the........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 8/1/2007 8:42:01 PM)
Research Focuses On Vocal CordsDamaged or diseased vocal cords can forever change and even silence the voices we love, from a family member's to a famous personality's.
Julie Andrews, who starred in such classics as The Sound of Music, is among the professional singers who have undergone surgery to remove callus-like growths that can form from overuse of these two small, stretchy bands of tissue housed in the larynx, or voice box. Sadly, Andrews may never fully recover........Go to the ENT news blog (Added on 7/31/2007 9:44:19 PM)
Caffeine plus exercise to prevent skin cancerRegular exercise and little or no caffeine has become a popular lifestyle choice for many Americans. But a new Rutgers study has found that it may not be the best formula for preventing sun-induced skin damage that could lead to cancer. Low to moderate amounts of caffeine, in fact, along with exercise can be good for your health.
According to the National Cancer Institute, sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 7/30/2007 10:10:43 PM)
Bariatric surgery patients have fewer complicationsBariatric surgery patients had 64 percent fewer complications and a 26 percent shorter hospital stay if they went to a five-star rated hospital compared with a one-star rated hospital, as per a new study released recently by HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company. The study of bariatric surgery outcomes at hospitals in 19 states over the years 2003 to 2005 also observed that five-star rated hospitals those with better-than-average........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/30/2007 10:08:52 PM)
Increased White Matter And Poor Motor Skills In Children With AutismA study reported in the recent issue of the journal Brain demonstrates, for the first time, an association between increased white matter volume and functional impairment in children with autism. Findings from scientists at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. reveal that in children with autism, increased white matter volume in the motor region of the brain predicts poorer motor skills. On the other hand, in typically developing........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 7/30/2007 8:21:05 PM)
New Genetic Risk Factors For Multiple SclerosisA pair of large-scale genetic studies supported by the National Institutes of Health has revealed two genes that influence the risk of getting multiple sclerosis (MS) data sought since the discovery of the only other known MS susceptibility gene decades ago. The findings could shed new light on what causes MS a puzzling mix of genes, environment and immunity and on potential therapys for at least 350,000 Americans who have the disease.
........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 7/29/2007 9:55:38 PM)
Research links genetic mutations to lupusA gene discovered by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been associated with lupus and related autoimmune diseases. The finding, published in the current issue of Nature Genetics, is the latest in a series of revelations that shed new light on what goes wrong in human cells to cause the diseases.
This research is a huge leap toward understanding the cause of lupus and related autoimmune diseases, said Fred Perrino,........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 7/29/2007 9:53:07 PM)
Malt Liquor Linked to Marijuana UseDrinking malt liquor -- the cheap, high-alcohol beverage often marketed to teens -- may put young adults at increased risk for alcohol problems and use of illicit drugs, especially marijuana, as per a new study of malt liquor drinkers and marijuana use by researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).
"In our study of young adults who regularly drink malt liquor," reports lead researcher R. Lorraine........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/26/2007 9:40:08 PM)
Nutritional Supplement Cuts Anemia In Poor ChildrenA nutritional supplement known as Sprinkles, which can be added to children's food, reduces anemia by more than half, as per a recent study reported in the Journal of Nutrition.
The study was led by Purnima Menon, Cornell Ph.D. '02, a research associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. It is the first to show, using a rigorous study design, that Sprinkles can reduce the occurence rate of anemia among poor children enrolled........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/26/2007 9:31:26 PM)
Why do people love horror movies?A bedrock assumption in theories that explain and predict human behavior is people's motivation to pursue pleasure and avoid pain. How can this be reconciled with the decision to engage in experiences known to elicit negative feelings, such as horror movies" It certainly seems counterintuitive that so a number of people would voluntarily immerse themselves in almost two hours of fear, disgust and terror. "Why do people pay for this?" "How is........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 7/26/2007 5:05:23 AM)
Unsubstantiated Claims About CancerA new study from American Cancer Society scientists finds a surprising number of Americans believe scientifically unsubstantiated claims concerning cancer, and that population segments suffering the greatest burden of cancer are the most likely to be misinformed.
Evidence indicates that healthy behavior depends in part on an accurate assessment of proven risk factors. Prior research has shown that undue concern over unproven risk factors may........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 7/26/2007 4:54:59 AM)
Eat fish -- especially if you drink high levels of alcoholEssential fatty acids (EFAs) are just that; an "essential" part of the total fat intake necessary for a healthy human diet. Most EFAs come from plants, but some are animal-sourced. A new study has observed that men who binge drink have substandard intake of n-3 fats, one of two types of EFAs, indicating poor dietary choices with negative long-term health consequences.
Results are reported in the recent issue of Alcoholism: Clinical &........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/25/2007 5:25:15 AM)
Success rates for prostate cancer depend on experience of surgeonSurgeons performing operations to remove patients prostate glandsthe primary therapy for prostate cancergo through a steep learning curve, as per a research studypublished online July 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute As the surgeons gain more experience performing the operation, called a radical prostatectomy, the chance that patients prostate cancer will reoccur goes down.
The idea that more experienced surgeons perform........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 7/25/2007 5:19:41 AM)
Cognitive impairment with H2 BlockersLong-term use of histamine2 receptor antagonists (H2A), one class of drugs that blocks stomach acid, may be linked to cognitive impairment in older African-American adults. As per an Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute study reported in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the risk for showing signs of cognitive impairment is 2.5 times greater for patients using these medications........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 8/3/2007 10:17:23 PM)
The matrix of autismAutistic children are doubly stigmatized. On the one hand, they are often dismissed as low functioning or mentally retarded, particularly if they have poor speaking skills as a number of do. Yet when autistics do show exceptional abilitiesuncanny visual discrimination and memory for detail, for exampletheir flashes of brilliance are marginalized as aberrations, mere symptoms of their higher order cognitive deficit. They often earn a dubious........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 8/3/2007 9:46:15 PM)
Should patients be paid to take medicines?Last week, it was announced that drug addicts in England are to be given shopping vouchers for complying with therapy programmes. In this weeks BMJ, two experts debate whether it is acceptable for people to be paid to adhere to medication.
Rewarding patients to cooperate is not new, argues Tom Burns, a senior psychiatry expert at Warneford Hospital in Oxford. Most mental health practitioners reward patients for healthy behaviour and........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 8/3/2007 5:13:49 AM)
Screening for stroke risk factorsActively screening people aged 65 or over in the community improves the detection of atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm), a major risk factor for stroke, finds a study published on bmj.com today.
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation rises with age, from about 1% in the whole population to about 5% in people aged over 65. It can be diagnosed using a simple low cost test (electrocardiography) and the risk of serious problems, such as........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 8/3/2007 5:12:26 AM)
Coffee drinking reduces risk of liver cancerAfter lung and stomach cancer, liver cancer is the third largest cause of cancer deaths in the world. A new study on the relationship between coffee drinking and the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) confirmed that there is an inverse association between coffee consumption and HCC, eventhough the reasons for this relationship are still unresolved.
The results of this study appear in the August 2007 issue of Hepatology, the official........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 8/1/2007 9:26:53 PM)
New Treatment For GlaucomaIowa State University scientists have developed a new technique that successfully treated rats for blindness caused by glaucoma. Their experimental therapy will be used on canine patients in the next year. If proved to be successful, it is expected to move to human trials.
An estimated 3 million people in the U. S. are affected by glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the developed world and the number one cause of vision loss........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 8/1/2007 9:12:15 PM)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs don't offset healthy choicesWithin the medical field, it is often assumed that patients view cholesterol-lowering medications (or statins) as a license to eat whatever they like -- they figure their medicine has them covered, so a steak here and there wont hurt. However, a study published in the recent issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds that such patients dont tend to adopt unhealthy diets when prescribed statins.
Researchers also found that some patients were........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 8/1/2007 8:49:15 PM)
New pregnancy labeling rulesSeptember 12, 2007 marks the tenth anniversary of a public hearing that was hoped to spark substantial changes in the way drugs are labeled for use during pregnancy. However, 10 years after the FDA recognized that the rules needed to be revamped, they have not yet been modified, resulting in anxiety on the part of physicians and patients and the unnecessary termination of wanted pregnancies. A position paper published online in Birth Defects........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 8/1/2007 8:45:53 PM)
Older Folks Don't Get The JokeIt's no laughing matter that elderly adults have a tougher time understanding basic jokes than do younger adults.
It's partially due to a cognitive decline linked to age, as per Washington University in St. Louis scientists Wingyun Mak, a graduate student in psychology in Arts & Sciences, and Brian Carpenter, Ph.D., Washington University associate professor of psychology.
Humor comprehension in elderly adults functions in a different........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/31/2007 9:51:55 PM)
Drug improves symptoms of severe Alzheimer's diseaseA drug initially used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimers disease improved the memory and global function of people with severe Alzheimers disease and was safe and effective, as per a research studyreported in the July 31, 2007, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The six-month study involved 343 people with severe Alzheimers disease at clinics in the United States, Canada, France, the United........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 7/30/2007 10:13:59 PM)
One cannabis joint equal to up to 5 cigarettesA single cannabis joint has the same effect on the lungs as smoking up to five cigarettes in one go, indicates research published ahead of print in the journal Thorax.
The scientists base their findings on 339 adults up to the age of 70, selected from a research study that's ongoing of respiratory health, and categorised into four different groups.
These comprised those who smoked only cannabis, equivalent to at least one joint a day for........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/30/2007 9:57:53 PM)
Obese patients get patchy weight-loss supportOnly one in seven UK doctors surgeries provide well-developed support programmes for obese patients, as per a survey of primary care nurses reported in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing.
Sheffield-based scientists surveyed just under 400 nurses in the north of England in mid 2006, including district nurses, practice nurses and health visitors.
Their aim was to ask the nurses about their clinical practice, views and support for........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/30/2007 9:50:49 PM)
Stem Cells Could Lead To Heart Attack TreatmentsNew research at the University of Nottingham, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), is paving the way for techniques that use stem cells to repair the damage caused by heart attacks.
The research, highlighted in the new issue of BBSRC Business, is looking at the process that turns a stem cell into a cardiomyocyte the beating cell that makes up the heart. The Nottingham scientists are in the process........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 7/29/2007 9:57:40 PM)
Work-family stress studied among immigrant LatinosA new study that examined the work-family experiences of recent Latino immigrants working in low-wage, nonprofessional jobs, observed that they reported infrequent work-family conflict, as per lead author Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
The findings, would be reported in the recent issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggest that individuals from more collective cultures experience fewer........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 7/29/2007 9:54:28 PM)
Weight and pregnancyGaining or losing weight in between pregnancies can have major health implications for an unborn baby, warn two senior obstetricians in todays BMJ.
While weight and obesity have long concerned women in relation to body image and lifestyle issues, few are aware of the possible risks that fluctuating weight could have on their unborn child, write Dr Jennifer Walsh and Professor Deirdre Murphy.
They point to two studies. The first, from........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 7/26/2007 9:42:22 PM)
U-M researchers identify gene involved in breast cancerScientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a gene associated with the development of an aggressive form of breast cancer.
The scientists observed that the gene, FOXP3, suppresses tumor growth. FOXP3 is located on the X chromosome, which means a single mutation can effectively silence the gene. This is unusual, as only one other gene associated with cancer has been found on the X chromosome.
When........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 7/26/2007 9:33:27 PM)
You're Not As Generous As You ThinkA new study out of Carnegie Mellon University reveals that people who regard themselves as humanitarians are even more likely than others to base donations to the poor on whether they believe poverty is a result of bad luck or bad choices.
The study by Christina Fong, a research scientist in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon, supports prior findings that people are more likely to give money to the poor when........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/26/2007 4:58:45 AM)
Options For Patients With Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseThe use of biologic agents for the therapy of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may benefit patients, but doctors need to consider the potential associated side effects in determining therapy course, as per a consensus paper published in this months issue of Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. IBD includes Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis, both frequently disabling diseases........Go to the GI news blog (Added on 7/25/2007 10:27:59 PM)
Improving Accuracy Of Thyroid Hormone TestingScientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have developed a fast and accurate way to measure a major hormone released by the thyroid gland ? an advance they say may help in the therapy of a number of women who have overactive or underactive thyroid glands.
As per the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, approximately 27 million Americans have thyroid glands that produce too little of the hormone, thyroxine, a condition........Go to the ENT news blog (Added on 7/25/2007 10:23:03 PM)
Additional mammogram readers improve breast cancer detectionMammogram readings by both radiologists and non-doctor technologists improve breast cancer detection rates, as per a research studyin the July 24 Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Studies have shown that breast cancer detection may increase when mammograms are evaluated by both a radiologist and a mammographic technologist. In The Netherlands, a breast cancer screening program was implemented in the 1990s that mandatory all mammograms........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 7/25/2007 5:21:03 AM)