Volume 11 Issue 186
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Jul-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 19-Jul-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Healing power of aloe vera proves beneficial for teeth and gums, too

The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. Legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe vera to keep her skin soft. The modern use of aloe vera was first recognized the 1930s to heal radiation burns. more  

Private and public insurance choices could help pay for national health care reform

As lawmakers debate how to pay for an overhaul of the nation's health care system, a new report from The Commonwealth Fund projects that including both private and public insurance choices in a new insurance exchange would save the United States as much as $265 billion in administrative costs from 2010 to 2020. Congressional leaders are attempting to keep 10-year federal budget costs of health care reform legislation under $1 trillion. more

Risk of ovarian cancer from hormone therapy confirmed

Women who have taken hormone therapy are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who have not, according to a nationwide study involving nearly 910,000 women in Denmark. The findings, which confirm and extend the results of previous studies, suggest that the risk of ovarian cancer should be a factor when women consider using hormone therapy to treat postmenopausal symptoms. more  

Second cervical cancer vaccine protects against additional HPV types

A large international trial funded by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals shows that the Cervarix vaccine is highly effective against infections with human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18. Final results of the Papilloma Trial Against Cancer In Young Adults (PATRICIA) were published July 8 in The Lancet. more

Genome scans provide clues to brain cancer risk  

Common genetic variations may increase a personís risk of developing brain cancer, and it is now possible to identify these potential risk factors. In two genome-wide association studies, researchers have discovered and validated a small number of inherited genetic variants linked to the disease. more

Study aims to improve common protein discovery method 

A new study has identified several common problems that hinder the accuracy and reproducibility of using mass spectrometry to discover potential protein biomarkers of cancer. With feedback and training for laboratories conducting these analyses, the study authors believe, these issues can be overcome. The study was published in the June 2009 Nature Methods. more

Death rates for certain cancers remain higher for African Americans

Although breast cancer death rates in the United States have declined substantially during the last 15 years, the trend has been less favorable for African American women, according to a study published online July 7 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). more

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Aloe vera tooth gel is just as effective, and in some cases more effective, than commercial brands of toothpaste