Volume 11 Issue 85
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Apr-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 2-Apr-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Researchers find marker for severity in adult brain cancer

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a new biological indicator that may help identify which brain-cancer patients have the most aggressive forms of the disease. more  

The more oral bacteria, the higher the risk of heart attack, ub study shows.

Several studies have suggested there is a connection between organisms that cause gum disease, known scientifically as periodontal disease, and the development of heart disease, but few studies have tested this theory. more

Study: White wine can make tooth stains darker

It has long been known that red wine causes teeth to stain. But white wine? A recent study by NYU dental researchers found that drinking white wine can also increase the potential for teeth to take on dark stains. more  

Breast cancer: To screen or not to screen?

Women are often told that mammography saves lives. But rarely is the question asked, 'how often?' Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, set out to examine how often this life-saving event occurs. more

Weight at birth tied to heart disease and diabetes risk in adulthood  

Lower weight at birth may increase inflammatory processes in adulthood, which are associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). more

Lithium protects brain cells during cranial radiation 

Cranial radiation therapy to treat brain cancer can result in various long-term neurological side effects, particularly in children. Lithium has protective properties in the brain that make it a potential therapy for reducing these side effects; however, little is known about the mechanisms by which it protects nerves. more

Accurate assessment of heart disease leads to earlier, more aggressive therapy

In a study comparing the ability of various medical techniques to accurately determine the extent of heart disease and stratify patients according to disease severity, researchers found that myocardial perfusion testing with gated single photon emission computed tomography (gated SPECT) was a more accurate predictor of prognosis in chronic ischemic heart disease (IHD)a painful condition caused by a temporary reduction of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. more

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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a cancer of the supportive tissue of the brain, is resistant to treatment.