Volume 11 Issue 209
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Aug-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 14-Aug-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Scarring key to link between obesity and diabetes

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that a protein that can cause scarring of fat tissue could be key to understanding the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. more  

New study suggests possible genetic links between environmental toxins and multiple myeloma

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)—supporting research and providing education, advocacy and support for myeloma patients, families, researchers and physicians—today said newly published data may provide a possible genetic link between environmental toxins and bone disease in multiple myeloma. more

Cancer mortality rates experience steady decline

The number of cancer deaths has declined steadily in the last three decades. Although younger people have experienced the steepest declines, all age groups have shown some improvement, according to a recent report in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. more  

Lifting weights reduces lymphedema symptoms following breast cancer surgery, Penn research shows

Breast cancer survivors who lift weights are less likely than their non-weightlifting peers to experience worsening symptoms of lymphedema, the arm- and hand-swelling condition that plagues many women following surgery for their disease, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research published in the August 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings challenge the advice commonly given to lymphedema sufferers, who may worry that weight training or even carrying children or bags of groceries will exacerbate their symptoms. more

Interventional radiology treatment for uterine fibroids: Safe, nonsurgical option  

Uterine fibroid embolization—a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment for women that cuts off blood flow to painful fibroids to kill the tumors—is highlighted as an appropriate treatment for women in a Clinical Therapeutics article in the Aug. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. more

Vision improvements persist one year after gene therapy for inherited blindness 

One year after a trio of young adults received gene therapy for an inherited form of blindness, researchers have documented that the patients are still experiencing the same level of remarkable vision improvements previously measured within weeks. more

COPD patients have greater chance of survival when treated with a combo drugs that include tiotropium

Sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a greater chance of survival when treated with a combination of drugs that includes tiotropium, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. more

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Scarring of fat tissue could be key to understanding the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes