Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 294 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Oct-2003
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Lung cancer screening linked to accelerated rates of smoking cessation
People screened for lung cancer by a spiral CT scanner (commonly known as a CAT scanner) have accelerated and prolonged quit rates of smoking regardless of whether the screening showed any type of malignancy. This suggests that the screening is an ideal place to provide cessation messages even to those people with or at risk for developing lung cancer.  more

Information for patients: Brain and spinal cord tumors - Hope through research
The diagnosis of a brain or spinal cord tumor often comes as a shock, leaving confusion, uncertainty, fear, or even anger in its wake. After the diagnosis, a physician's explanation can fall on ears deafened by this blow. Although it cannot substitute for the advice and expertise of a physician, this brochure is designed to convey the latest research information on the diagnosis, course, and possible treatment of various brain and spinal cord tumors, so that patients and their families have the information they need to become active participants in their treatment.  more


Drug may treat previously incurable brain cancer
An old drug may have found a new role treating an incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, according to preliminary research at Stanford University School of Medicine. The drug, called arsenic trioxide, increases the effectiveness of radiation therapy in mice with the disease. The researchers will present their work Oct. 22 at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.  more

Information for patients: Risk factors for lung cancer
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. For example, unprotected exposure to strong sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer. Several risk factors can make you more likely to develop lung cancer...  more

Leisure activity may reduce risk of Alzheimer's
Participation in a greater overall number of leisure activities during early and middle adulthood is related to lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according a team of researchers (Vol. 58B, No.5, September, 2003).  more

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