Volume 7 Issue 151
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-May-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Does NSAID use increase breast cancer risk

Ibuprofen use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and long-term daily use of aspirin is associated with an increased risk of estrogen receptor/progesterone receptor (ER/PR)-negative breast cancer, according to a new study in the June 1 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. more  

Sickle cell and protection against malaria

In this month's issue of the freely available online journal PLoS Medicine, Dr. Thomas N. Williams and colleagues from Kilifi, Kenya, show that the protection against malaria given by carrying the gene for sickle cell haemoglobin may involve the immune system. Studying a group of children and adults in the Kilifi District of coastal Kenya, they found that this protection increased during childhood up to age 10, and then declined. more

Tobacco companies designed cigarettes 'to addict women,' according to new study

A new analysis of tobacco industry documents provides evidence that cigarette companies intentionally modified their products to promote female smoking by emphasizing attributes they knew would appeal to women stylishness and taste, as well as perceived health benefits. According to the authors, the study presents particularly troubling implications for world health, as tobacco companies seek to increase smoking among women in developing countries. The documents, made public following the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, are examined in a paper in the June 2005 issue of ADDICTION, an international scientific journal. more  

First frozen egg baby born in Canada

The McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal is pleased to announce the first successful birth in Canada resulting from frozen eggs. A team led by Professor Seang Lin Tan, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University and Director of the McGill Reproductive Centre at the MUHC in Montreal confirmed the birth of a healthy baby boy, weighing 3740grams on April 29. "We are the first in-vitro fertilization (IVF) Centre in Canada to achieve this success," says Dr. Tan. "This is fantastic news for both the family and for fertility health research and we would like to congratulate the parents on the birth of their first child." more

Baylor reports successful treatment of children with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis in whom previous therapies have failed  

In a recent issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine, Virginia Pascual, M.D., and Jacques Banchereau, Ph.D., from the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas (BIIR), report on the successful treatment of children with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SoJIA). The findings are highly significant for SoJIA patients for whom previous therapies have failed. more

Workers costing businesses money by never taking lunch breaks 

A survey by of over 500 workers across Europe, has revealed that UK workers are the worst for never taking a lunch break, with more people than ever skipping lunch altogether or hurriedly eating it at their desk in between e-mails and phone calls. Psychologist, Jane Tobbell says that the findings are bad news for UK businesses, many of whom could already be losing thousands of pounds a year due a drop in staff's productivity levels. more

African leaders meet international health officials to discuss microbicides to protect women from HIV

African leaders including Mozambican Minister of Health Dr. Paulo Ivo Garrido and Graca Machel, President of the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique, met today with international health leaders to discuss ongoing activities to develop a microbicide to protect women from HIV infection. Women now make up more than three quarters of HIV-infected young people in Africa, and the African AIDS epidemic is rapidly becoming feminized. more


Is there a link between ibuprofen use and breast cancer risk?