Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 267 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Sep-2003
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Point: Treatment for lung cancer should be changed, say scientists
Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are more likely to survive if they have chemotherapy after surgery than if they have surgery alone, said a scientist at ECCO 12 The European Cancer Conference in Copenhagen yesterday (Tuesday 23 September).  more

The estrogen wars: Estrogen improves short term memory and oral reading in midlife postmenopausal women
Just when women were getting used to the fact that hormone replacemnt therapy doesn't improve memory and causes a host of other problems, Yale School of Medicine researchers release a study the demonstrates that midlife postmenopausal women who received daily treatment with estrogen showed improved oral reading and verbal memory performance. The Yale study appears in the September issue of the journal Menopause.  more


Counterpoint: No need to change post-operative treatment for lung cancer, says clinical scientist
Post-operative chemotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) looks like an attractive proposition to prevent the cancer recurring, said Professor Nick Thatcher, of the Christie Hospital, Manchester, UK at the ECCO-12 conference in Copenhagen yesterday (Tuesday 23 September). But the recent IALT study, which is said to demonstrate a survival advantage for patients given adjuvant treatment, was statistically unreliable and needed to be taken in context, he said.  more

Why does hypertension affects black males disproportionately?
Hypertension (HT) remains a public health challenge because it is so prevalent and leads to increases in cardiovascular disease. It is a disease that disproportionately affects African-American males. Not only does HT occur more frequently among this group, it also presents itself earlier in their life, and causes increased complications of cardiovascular diseases compared with white Americans.  more

Can heart failure impair thinking? Do you really need to ask?
Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome characterized by distinctive symptoms and signs resulting from disturbances in cardiac output or from increased venous pressure. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, up to three million Americans have heart failure, with 400,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. It is a condition that is slightly more common among men than women and is twice as common among blacks compared to whites.  more

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