Volume 7 Issue 104
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Too much water may be as dangerous as too little during long-distance athletic events

Drinking water during a long-distance race may do serious harm rather than keep you safe from injury if you're drinking too much, according to a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. more  

Being too clean could be hazardous to your health and the environment

Researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered that the use of antimicrobial soaps and other products may unnecessarily be directly exposing consumers to significant quantities of chloroform. Peter Vikesland, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, has shown in his research that when the chemical triclosan, present in many antimicrobial soaps, reacts with chlorine in tap water, chloroform is produced. Chloroform is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable human carcinogen. more

Religion and politics could prevent cervical cancer vaccines from saving lives of planet's women

Cervical cancer deaths could jump fourfold to a million a year by 2050, mainly in developing countries. This could be prevented by vaccines against HPV -- the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. Even with the vaccines soon to gain approvial, there are signs that opposition to the vaccines might lead to many preventable deaths. The trouble is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. So to prevent infection, girls will have to be vaccinated before they become sexually active, which could be a problem in many countries--including the United States. more  

British Asian women have lower risk of breast cancer than all other women

British Asian women have lower risk of breast cancer than all other women. Furthermore, when they do develop the disease, they live longer than other women, the research shows. more

The "corporate coauthor:" Ghostwriting in medical journals  

In a commentary titled "The Corporate Coauthor" published online by the Journal of General Internal Medicine on April 14, Adriane Fugh-Berman M.D., recounts her experience of being asked to "author" a ghost-written article funded by a pharmaceutical company. Fugh-Berman declined, and penned a commentary about her experience for JGIM instead. more

Scientists use transcription factors to increase insulin production in diabetic mice  

A group of Japanese scientists has used gene therapy to deliver three insulin transcription factors, MafA, PDX-1, and NeuroD, to the livers of diabetic mice. As a result, the mice experienced an increase in insulin gene expression and insulin production, raising the possibility that this could eventually be used to treat diabetes. more

Study suggests symptom-driven therapy may be sufficient for some adults with mild persistent asthma

Some adults with mild persistent asthma may be able to adequately control their asthma by taking corticosteroids only when needed, instead of taking anti-inflammatory medication daily, according to new results from the Improving Asthma Control Trial (IMPACT). more


For distance athletes, drinking too much water is as bad as drinking too little.