Volume 7 Issue 101
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Abnormal lung cancer screening results may help smokers quit

According to a new study, smokers who receive multiple abnormal results using computed tomography (CT) to screen for lung cancer are more likely to quit, suggesting an opportunity for doctors to motivate smokers to quit smoking. The study appears in the 15 May 2005, issue of Cancer and finds smokers who receive one or more abnormal results on the screening test are increasingly likely to quit and remain abstinent from smoking over three years. more  

Few women at risk for breast cancer willing to use drug to prevent the disease

Fewer than one in five women eligible to take tamoxifen were inclined to take the drug after being told of its risks and benefits, according to a new study. The study, from the 15 May 2005 issue of Cancer, reports that concerns over the drug's adverse effects were the primary reason for refusal. more

Certain weight control behaviors may precipitate obesity among adolescent girls

The prevalence of adolescent obesity has doubled over the last 30 years and can lead to serious medical problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. According to a new study, certain weight-control behaviors may actually contribute more to weight problems than other behaviors. Furthermore, parents who are overweight may also contribute to their adolescent's future weight problem. To help Americans fight the dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center has crafted new nutrition and physical activity guidelines for overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes (pre-diabetes). more  

Sacred constant might be changing

Physical constants are one of the cornerstones of physics sacred numbers which we know to be fixed but what if some of these constants are changing? Speaking at the Institute of Physics conference Physics 2005, Dr Michael Murphy of Cambridge University will discuss the "fine structure constant" one of the critical numbers in the universe which seems to be precisely tuned for life to exist and suggest that it might not be constant after all. more

Trisenox combination regimen induces high rate of responses in patients with late-stage, relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma 

At the 10th International Myeloma Workshop, James Berenson, M.D., Medical & Scientific Director of the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research presented data from a multicenter, phase II trial of a Trisenox combination regimen, known as MAC (melphalan, Trisenox and vitamin C), in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma patients. The data showed that 22 of the 37 patients evaluated (60 percent) achieved an objective response, with eight patients experiencing a decrease in serum M-protein of 50 percent or more and 14 patients experiencing a decrease in serum M-protein of between 25 to 49 percent. Of the twenty-nine patients who had failed prior thalidomide or lenolinamide therapy, 14 patients responded to the Trisenox regimen. more

Breakthrough: Common factor behind myocardial infarction, rheumatism and MS 

A common gene variant has been identified as the risk factor behind a number of common diseases by research scientists at Karolinska Institutet and the Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM), Stockholm, Sweden. Up to a quarter of the population could be affected. more

Study suggests a common viral infection may increase risk of lupus in African Americans

Due to its interference with immune function and promotion of certain antibodies, EBV has been implicated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as lupus. Lupus is a chronic, potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that more often affects women and is also more common in African Americans. Although the specific cause of lupus is not yet known, both genetic and environmental triggers are likely to be involved. The group, whose results appear in the May issue of Nature Genetics, includes researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. more


Abnormal lung cancer screening results may spur patients to quit smoking.