Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 173 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jun-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jun-2004
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Cognitive decline can occur before chemotherapy treatment, as well as after
In a series of studies in breast cancer patients, researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have confirmed the presence of "chemobrain" after chemotherapy treatment - but they also discovered that a significant portion of patients have cognitive declines even before chemotherapy.  more

Environmental toxins can cause a model of Parkinson's disease in rats
Scientists have induced a movement disorder in rats that closely resembles Parkinson's disease in humans. The study, published 21 June, 2004, in the online edition of the Annals of Neurology, suggests that natural toxins found in the environment could contribute to the development of this debilitating movement disorder. more

Study says widely reported side effect of chemotherapy may be overestimated
A new study says the incidence of "chemobrain," a widely reported side effect in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, may be overestimated. Researchers found significant deficits in neuropsychological function in breast cancer patients before undergoing chemotherapy. The study, published 21 June, 2004 in the online edition of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, is the first to evaluate cognitive skills prior to chemotherapy.  more


Lifesaving potential of mammograms lost due to underuse
Women across age, racial and socioeconomic spectrums underutilize the recommended annual breast cancer screening, effectively reducing the life-saving benefits of annual mammography.  more

The high price of fatigue
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) costs the United States over $9 billion each year in lost productivity according to an article published today in the Open Access journal Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation. This estimate, which is similar to the financial losses caused by digestive system disorders or infectious and parasitic diseases, does not include healthcare costs, which are likely to be substantial.  more

High rates of kidney disease in heart disease patients
Over half of older adults hospitalized for heart disease also have reduced kidney function, suggests a study in the July Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  more

SARS found in tears
SARS, the highly infectious respiratory virus, has been found in tears, reveals a small study in the British Journal of Ophthalmologymore

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