Volume 11 Issue 216
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Aug-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 21-Aug-2009






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Acupuncture may bring relief for a common condition in women

Polycystic ovary syndrome, a common condition among women, can be relieved by the use of acupuncture and exercise. This has been shown by a recent study at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. more  

Smokeless tobacco increases risk of heart attack and stroke

People who use smokeless tobacco products like snus have a slightly higher risk of having a fatal heart attack or stroke more

Diabetes drug linked to increased risk of heart failure

Rosiglitazone, a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, is associated with an increased risk of heart failure and death among older patients compared to a similar drug (pioglitazone). more  

Less than 50 percent of women with abnormal paps receive follow-up care: study

Less than half of Ontario women with abnormal Pap tests receive recommended and potentially life-saving follow-up care, according to a new women's health study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). What's more, low-income women are less likely to be screened for cancer compared to their high-income counterparts. more

Little known type of cholesterol may pose the greatest heart disease risk  

Health-conscious people know that high levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) can increase the risk of heart attacks. Now scientists are reporting that another form of cholesterol called oxycholesterol virtually unknown to the public may be the most serious cardiovascular health threat of all. Scientists from China presented one of the first studies on the cholesterol-boosting effects of oxycholesterol here today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The researchers hope their findings raise public awareness about oxycholesterol, including foods with the highest levels of the substance and other foods that can combat oxycholesterol's effects. more

Moms-to-be warned over use of fetal heart rate monitors 

Mums-to-be are being advised not to use personal monitors (Doppler devices) to listen to their baby's heartbeat at home over fears that they may lead to delays in seeking help for reduced fetal movements. more

DNA-coated nanotubes help kill tumors without harm to surrounding tissue

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have destroyed prostate cancer tumors in mice by injecting them with specially-coated, miniscule carbon tubes and then superheating the tubes with a brief zap of a laser. more

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Scientists are reporting that another form of cholesterol called oxycholesterol virtually unknown to the public may be the most serious cardiovascular health threat of all