Volume 11 Issue 292
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Nov-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 5-Nov-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Longer toes, unique ankle structure aid sprinters

Longer toes and a unique ankle structure provide sprinters with the burst of acceleration that separates them from other runners, according to biomechanists. more  

Aiming to avoid damage to neurocognitive areas of the brain during cranial radiation

Radiation oncologists at Rush University Medical Center are intent on finding ways to avoid damage to the critically important hippocampus and limbic circuit of the brain when cranial radiation is required to treat existing or potential metastatic cancers. more

Common pain relievers may dilute power of flu shots

With flu vaccination season in full swing, research from the University of Rochester Medical Center cautions that use of many common pain killers Advil, Tylenol, aspirin at the time of injection may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on the immune system. more  

Children who often drink full-fat milk weigh less

Eight-year-old children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than those who seldom drink milk. This is not the case for children who often drink medium-fat or low-fat milk. This is one conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy. more

2 genes cooperate to cause aggressive leukemia  

Two genes, each one of which is known to cause cancer on its own, together can lead to aggressive leukaemia. This is the conclusion from new research carried out on gene-modified mice at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The discovery has surprised scientists, and may lead to new treatments. more

AAP supports the IDF guideline on oral health for people with diabetes  

New clinical guidelines released by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) emphasize the importance of periodontal health for people with diabetes. Diabetes affects approximately 246 million people worldwide, and this number is only expected to increase. The IDF is an organization of 200 national diabetes associations from 160 countries. more

PMH finding may help some tonsil cancer patients avoid chemotherapy

Clinical researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) have confirmed that patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer ("tonsil cancer") harbour a common type of human papilloma virus (HPV16), but also that such cancers are very sensitive to radiation. For some patients, this may mean successful treatment with radiation alone and avoiding the side effects of chemotherapy. more

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Use of many common pain killers -- Advil, Tylenol, aspirin -- at the time of flu vaccination may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on the immune system.