Volume 7 Issue 102
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Soy and fish oil may help prevent heart attacks

Taking daily supplements of fish or soy oil may improve cardiac function and protect against heart attacks in the short-term. Study results published in the April issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, are the first to show that soy oil increases heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiac autonomic function. more  

Childhood asthma may be linked to grandmother’s smoking

A child whose grandmother smoked while pregnant may have double the risk of developing childhood asthma, according to new research. A study published in the April issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, suggests that the harmful effects of tobacco products can be passed through the generations, even if the damage is not visibly apparent in the second generation. more

Study finds no link between cell phone use and brain tumors

A new study has found no link between use of cell phones and the risk of developing a brain tumor. The study is published in the 12 April issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.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  

Columbia research suggests need to rethink causes of heart failure

New research from Columbia University Medical Center is challenging the traditional explanation for the causes of the most common type of heart failure, traditionally called diastolic heart failure. The study of 145 patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Pavilion suggests that the most common type of heart failure is caused by health problems outside the heart. more

Early stage breast-cancer rates are rising as incidence of invasive cases are leveling 

Since 1980, the incidence of ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, one of the most common kinds of early stage breast cancer, has increased more than sevenfold. This sharp increase in DCIS – which is a tumor that contains cancer-like cells but is not considered "true" cancer because the cells have not invaded normal breast tissue – has been accompanied by a flattening in the incidence of true invasive breast cancer. more

Two drugs combined more cost-effective safer for managing arthritis in high-risk patients 

Amid the recent controversy and confusion over serious side effects from pain medications, a new UCLA and Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System study demonstrates that for arthritis sufferers at high risk for gastrointestinal problems who traditionally may have used a drug like Vioxx, the most cost-effective and safest treatment is actually a common painkiller combined with an acid-reducing drug. more

Blood test can accurately diagnose heart failure in emergency patients

A new blood test that measures a particular marker of cardiac distress can markedly improve the ability to diagnose or exclude congestive heart failure in patients with shortness of breath who come to hospital emergency departments. The report from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that measuring levels of a protein called NT-proBNP was significantly better at identifying heart failure than was standard clinical evaluation. The report will appear in the 15 April issue of the American Journal of Cardiology and has been released online prior to print publication. more


Supplements containing fish or soy oil may improve cardiac function and protect against heart attacks.