Volume 10 Issue 268
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Oct-2008 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Oct-2008





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Prostate cancer gene test provides new early detection

Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common male cancers in the Western world. Currently, early detection of PCa depends on an abnormal digital rectal examination and an elevated prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) level requiring a prostate biopsy, often associated with anxiety, discomfort, complications, and heavy expenses. The prostate-cancer-gene-3 (PCA3) test is a new PCa gene-based marker carried out with a urine sample. more  

Link possible between pet food contamination and baby formula contamination

A study published in the November issue of a scientific journal, Toxicological Sciences, which is published by Oxford Journals on behalf of the Society of Toxicology, describes the kidney toxicity of melamine and cyanuric acid based on research that was done to characterize the toxicity of the compounds that contaminated pet food in North America in 2007. more

Common sweetener found in many foods leads to leptin resistance and exacerbates obesity when paired with high-calorie, high-fat diet

Eating too much fructose can induce leptin resistance, a condition that can easily lead to becoming overweight when combined with a high-fat, high-calorie diet, according to a new study with rats. more  

Brain-nourishing molecule may predict schizophrenia relapse

A factor that helps optimize brain formation and function may also provide clues about whether patients suffering with schizophrenia are headed toward relapse, researchers say. more

Another bailout? Government pension insurer could be next, expert says  

Another multi-billion-dollar taxpayer bailout could lie ahead, this time to rescue a cash-strapped government program that insures pensions of 44 million American workers and retirees, a University of Illinois finance professor warns. more

Patient roused from coma by a magnetic field 

Josh Villa was 26 and driving home after a drink with a friend on 28 August 2005 when his car mounted the kerb and flipped over. Villa was thrown through the windscreen, suffered massive head injuries and fell into a coma. more

Drug-eluting stents more effective, equally as safe as bare metal stents in clinical trial

Late-breaking data from the HORIZONS AMI (Harmonizing Outcomes with RevascularIZatiON and Stents in Acute Myocardial Infarction) trial reveal that after one year, use of a drug-eluting (paclitaxel) stent demonstrated significantly reduced rates of target lesion revascularization (TLR) and binary angiographic restenosis when compared to the use of a bare metal stent in heart attack patients. more

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The prostate-cancer-gene-3 (PCA3) test is a new PCa gene-based marker carried out with a urine sample.