Volume 7 Issue 131
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Dutch researchers find three-fold risk of sudden cardiac death from some non-cardiac drugs

Non-cardiac drugs that interfere with the electrical activity controlling the heartbeat are associated with a three-fold risk of sudden cardiac death, according to Dutch research published (Wednesday 11 May) in Europe's leading cardiology journal, the European Heart Journal. more  

Lung cancer in women - Could it be a hormone problem?

More than half of cervical cancer cases among 833 women in 7 managed care plans were attributed to lack of Pap testing, according to researchers from NCI's Cancer Research Network. The study, published in the May 4 JNCI, identified all invasive cervical cancer diagnoses made between January 1995 and December 2000 among women who were long-term members of the plans. They then reviewed each woman's medical records for the 3 years prior to diagnosis. more

Combined chemo regimen improves pancreatic cancer outcomes

Pancreatic cancer has a very poor prognosis, with a 1-year survival rate after standard chemotherapy treatment of 17 to 28 percent. But a new Italian study shows that when gemcitabine is administered with three other chemotherapy drugs - cisplatin, epirubicin, and fluorouracil - the combination, called PEFG, doubles survival and causes few side effects. These results were published online on 9 May in The Lancet Oncology. more  

Cervical cancer screening in HMOs

More than half of cervical cancer cases among 833 women in 7 managed care plans were attributed to lack of Pap testing, according to researchers from NCI's Cancer Research Network. The study, published in the May 4 JNCI, identified all invasive cervical cancer diagnoses made between January 1995 and December 2000 among women who were long-term members of the plans. They then reviewed each woman's medical records for the 3 years prior to diagnosis. more

Type 2 diabetes is increasing among children all over the world  

Obesity rates are continuing to rise among both children and adults worldwide. Obesity is a risk factor for development of a variety of complications, including type 2 diabetes, and an increase in the rates of such obesity-associated diseases has been seen among adults. However, a review article in the May issue of The Journal of Pediatrics reports that the rate of type 2 diabetes among children worldwide also appears to have increased significantly over the last 15 years. more

Purdue study finds races react differently to dietary salt, calcium 

African-American and Caucasian adolescent girls handle sodium and calcium differently, which may help explain why the races have different rates of hypertension and osteoporosis, according to research at Purdue University. more

Study suggests antibiotic may limit or prevent vision problems caused by diabetes

A Penn State College of Medicine study suggests that a common antibiotic called minocycline may slow or prevent diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that is the leading cause of blindness in people ages 20 to 74. more

 

African-American and Caucasian adolescent girls handle sodium and calcium differently.