Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 267 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Sep-2004
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A glass of red wine a day may keep prostate cancer away
Drinking a glass of red wine a day may cut a man's risk of prostate cancer in half, and the protective effect appears to be strongest against the most aggressive forms of the disease, according to a new study led by investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  more

Cannabis may help combat cancer-causing herpes viruses
The compound in marijuana that produces a high, delta-9 tetrahydrocannbinol or THC, may block the spread of several forms of cancer causing herpes viruses, University of South Florida College of Medicine scientists report.  more

New tricks from an old used to treat heart attacks
An old drug has unique benefits for patients with acute myocardial infarction, a finding that may contribute to a new understanding of how heart attacks develop, according to an article in the July/August American Journal of Therapeuticsmore


Study supports immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy
Performing breast reconstruction surgery at the time of mastectomy does not delay post-operative chemotherapy for women with breast cancer, according to the first study designed to answer the question. The study appears in the September issue of Archives of Surgery.  more

Community-based mass prophylaxis: A planning guide for public health preparedness
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a planning guide designed to help State, county, and local officials meet Federal requirements to prepare for a public health emergency.  more

New anti-inflammatory strategy for cancer therapy identified
A new strategy for cancer therapy, which converts the tumor-promoting effect of the immune systemís inflammatory response into a cancer-killing outcome, is suggested in research findings by investigators at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. more

Scientists discover potential new way to control drug-resistant bacteria
Based on an improved understanding of bacteriophages--viruses that infect bacteria--scientists reporting in the Sept. 23 issue of the journal Nature believe they have discovered a potential new way to control drug-resistant bacteria, an increasingly worrisome public health problem. more

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