Volume 7 Issue 115
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Data suggest bypass surgery free of long-term brain effects

A broad retrospective review of the effects of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) on memory and other brain functions concludes that, while there may be transient short-term effects, the procedure itself probably does not cause late or permanent neurological effects. more  

High risk of second cancers in survivors of childhood soft tissue sarcomas

Children treated for soft tissue sarcomas have a significantly higher risk of developing subsequent cancers later in life, according to a new study. The study appears in the 1 June 2005 issue of Cancer and indicates children treated with combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy, in particular, had greater risks of developing a new malignancy. more

Age is not a limiting factor in combined therapy for lung cancer

Elderly lung cancer patients tolerate combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy with no higher risk of death than younger patients, according to a new study appearing in the 1 June 2005 issue of Cancer. more  

Promising new West Nile therapy cures disease in mice

West Nile virus alarmed Americans when it made its first U.S. appearance in New York City in 1999. It has since spread from coast to coast, sickened more than 16,000 Americans and killed more than 600. As the virus spread, medical investigators hastened research to develop an effective vaccine or therapy. None currently exist, but a newly published paper by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis points to a promising treatment. more

Report suggests infectious connection to chronic diseases 

The aging population increase in the US and throughout the developed world appears to correlate with a switch from acute infectious diseases to chronic diseases as the major cause of morbidity and mortality. Some diseases like ulcers and certain types of cancer, once thought to be primarily related to lifestyle factors, are now known to be caused by microorganisms, and many more syndromes, including some psychiatric conditions, may have a connection to infection, according to a report released today by the American Academy of Microbiology. more

Gene therapy slowed Alzheimer's disease in some patients  

PET scans and cognitive tests have suggested that Alzheimer’s disease patients with genetically modified tissue inserted directly into their brains show a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline and increased metabolic activity in the brain, according to a study published in the 24 April 2005 online issue of the journal Nature Medicine by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. more

Netherlands confirms first case of vCJD

The Netherlands has diagnosed its first known case of the human form of "mad cow disease" - known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). The patient is in hospital and health checks are under way for other cases, the interior ministry said. more


Bypass surgery free of long-term brain effects