Common air pollutants slow children's lung development over time, according to results from the University of Southern California-led Children's Health Study. The 10-year-long study is considered one of the nation's most comprehensive studies to date of the long-term effects of smog on children.
An estimated 7,400 men in the United States were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999. Although testicular cancer
accounts for only 1 percent of all cancers in men, it is the most common form of cancer in young men between the ages of 15
and 35. Any man can get testicular cancer, but it is more common in caucasian males.
Testicular cancer is a highly treatable, often curable cancer that usually
develops in young and middle-aged men. Testicular cancer is broadly divided
into seminoma and nonseminoma types for treatment planning because seminomas
are more sensitive to radiation therapy. For patients with seminoma (all
stages combined), the cure rate exceeds 90%. For patients with low-stage
disease, the cure rate approaches 100%.
You'll find both information for patients and treatment information for professionals in today's issue of Vidyya.
Planning a healthier diet that helps reduce the risk of heart disease just got easier. And a little tastier. Foods containing certain plant extracts, which have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels, have received the go-ahead to tout their ability to lower the risk of heart disease.
In 1995, an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) affected more than 300 people in and around the city of Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo (the former Zaire); approximately 80% of the patients died. More than one-fourth of all the patients were health care workers. After the outbreak, the DRC Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) developed practical recommendations for carrying out viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) isolation precautions in rural health facilities in Africa. These recommendations have been consolidated in a manual for the local health community which is available in today's Vidyya.
As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.