Volume 11 Issue 212
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Aug-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 17-Aug-2009






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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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). more  

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. more

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. more

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Another benefit of drinking wine: Drinking wine while undergoing radiation treatment for breast carcinoma may reduce the incidence of skin toxicity in breast cancer patients