Volume 7 Issue 159
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jun-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jun-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Possible treatment found for 'chemobrain'

Patients who take medication for cancer often find themselves with a new problem when their treatment ends. It's called "chemobrain," a common consequence of chemotherapy that causes memory problems, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. more  

Men, women disagree on number of guns at home, new study finds

Many couples with small children living at home disagree not only about how they have firearms stored but also about the number and types of guns they possess, a new study shows. more

Breast cancer uses growth factors to lure stem cells

Like a siren song, breast cancer secretes growth factors to attract stem cells then uses those cells which normally promote healing to help it survive, researchers have found. more  

CT Significantly Reduces the Need for Appendectomy: Lowers Negative Appendectomy Rate from 20% to 3% at Urban Hospital

Five years ago, the negative appendectomy rate at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston was 20%, but since the advent of CT screening, it has dropped to 3%, say MGH researchers. The negative appendectomy rate measures how often patients with symptoms of appendicitis have their appendix removed and then are diagnosed as not having acute appendicitis. more

Omega-3 offers hope for new anti-breast cancer drugs 

Omega-3, the fatty acid found in oily fish, could be combined with a commonly used anesthetic to develop drugs to treat breast cancer, according to research published today in the journal Breast Cancer Research. Compounds of Omega-3 fatty acids and propofol reduce the ability of breast cancer cells to develop into malignant tumours, inhibiting cancer cell migration by 50% and significantly reducing their metastatic activity. These new compounds could be developed into a new family of anti-cancer drugs. more

Risk factors for tuberculosis and homelessness often overlap in US 

Risk factors for tuberculosis in the United States overlap with many of the risk factors associated with persistent homelessness, including being male or having a history of incarceration or substance abuse, according to a report in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. more

Study links regions of two chromosomes to susceptibility for type of autism

A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study links regions of two chromosomes to susceptibility for a type of autism characterized by regression in development. Developmental regression can include the loss of previously acquired language, social skills or both. more


Help for 'chemobrain'