Wine may provide radioprotective effect for breast cancer patients
Drinking wine while undergoing radiation treatment for breast carcinoma may reduce the incidence of skin toxicity in breast cancer patients, according to a study in the August issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
USC researchers identify 'regulatory' genetic sequences that may predict risk for prostate cancer
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have identified a novel genetic mechanism that may govern an individual's risk of developing prostate cancer. more
New data say uninsured account for nearly one-fifth of emergency room visits
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released new data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample—the largest, all-payer emergency department database in the United States. The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample is designed to help public health experts, policymakers, health care administrators, researchers, journalists and others find the data they need to answer questions about care that occurs in U.S. hospital emergency departments. more
Portion of low income workers who were uninsured increased from 26 percent in 1996 to 34.5 percent by 2006
The proportion of low income workers who were uninsured increased from 26 percent in 1996 to 34.5 percent by 2006, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The average household income for a family in 2006 was $40,888. more
Less frequent social activity linked to more rapid loss of motor function in older adults
Loss of muscle strength, speed and dexterity is a common consequence of aging, and a well-established risk factor for death, disability and dementia. Yet little is known about how and why motor decline occurs when it is not a symptom of disease.
Duo may help trigger Alzheimer’s disease
For close to a decade, pharmaceutical researchers have been in hot pursuit of compounds to activate a key nicotine receptor that plays a role in cognitive processes. Triggering it, they hope, might prevent or even reverse the devastation wrought by Alzheimer’s disease. more
Even at advanced age, exercise boosts muscle cells’ energy centers
Whether a person is 8 years old or 88, exercise helps protect against type 2 diabetes. It does this, in part, by revving up the function of small structures called mitochondria, which are found inside cells.
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