Volume 7 Issue 113
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Environmental factors, particularly air pollution, increases risk of myocardial infarction

Exposure to air pollutants increases the risk of fatal myocardial infarction (MI), particularly pollutants caused by motor traffic. This is the conclusion of a new thesis published by Karolinska Institutet. more  

Two are better than one

Cancer patients may one day benefit from treatment with mixtures of customized antibodies. In a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), a team of Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated how the right combination might form a web that destroys the cancer cell's communication network, ultimately demobilizing the cell. more

CDC releases first national violent death reporting system (NVDRS) data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). Data reported by the first six participating states, (Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina and Virginia) show increases in suicide and homicide rates for the years 2000 through 2003. more  

Cholesterol-carrying proteins affect cardiovascular risk in dialysis patients

Heart attacks and strokes remain the leading causes of death in developed countries, and account for over 60 percent of death in patients with kidney failure receiving dialysis. A study in the June Journal of the American Society of Nephrology finds that levels of a cholesterol-carrying protein called lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a])—and especially the size of "low molecular weight" apolipoprotein(a) (apo[a]) particles—are important risk factors for cardiovascular events in patients on dialysis. more

Anti-malarial drugs given to infants can protect them for two years 

Giving children intermittent preventative treatment against malaria under the age of one can protect them from the disease in their second year of life, suggests a study in this week’s issue of The Lancet. more

Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Angola  

As of 20 April, the Ministry of Health in Angola has reported 266 cases of Marburg hemorrhagic fever. Of these cases, 244 were fatal. In Uige Province, which remains the epicenter of the outbreak, 253 cases, of which 233 have been fatal, were reported as of 21 April. more

Brain scans reveal how gene may boost schizophrenia risk

Clues about how a suspect version of a gene may slightly increase risk for schizophrenia are emerging from a brain imaging study by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The gene variant produced a telltale pattern of activity linked to production of a key brain messenger chemical. more


Pollution is bad for the heart.