Volume 7 Issue 164
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Jun-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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True cancer-causing genes revealed by new technique

Often cancer research goes like this: study cancerous cells in a lab dish, find mutations that appear in many of the samples, develop drugs to target proteins made by the mutated genes, and voila, new chemotherapy drugs are born. Or at least that's the hope. more  

New data show low testosterone more likely in men with diabetes

Men with diabetes age 45 and older may be more than twice as likely as non-diabetic men to have low testosterone levels, according to new data announced at the American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in San Diego. Results of this multi-center study, which screened more than 2,000 men, also found sexual dysfunction to be the most common symptom experienced by men with diabetes and low testosterone (known also as hypogonadism or low T). These data are a subset analysis of the Hypogonadism in Males (HIM) study. more

Prescribing information: AndroGel (testosterone replacement gel)

AndroGel, the first testosterone replacement gel to be approved by the US Food and Drug Adminisration for replacement therapy in men over the age of 18 for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone. The FDA approved AndroGel in February 2000. The topical gel is an easy, effective, incospicuous alternative to deep muscle injections or patches. more  

Exercise helps recovery from chemotherapy for breast cancer

Exercise after chemotherapy for breast cancer boosted the activity of infection-fighting T cells in women who worked out regularly, according to data from a study conducted at Penn State University under the direction of Andrea Mastro, professor of microbiology and cell biology. Mastro's findings indicate that exercise can help restore immune systems damaged by anti-cancer drugs, which destroy healthy as well as malignant cells. more

Fewer prescriptions, lower costs follow Claritin’s over-the-counter switch 

After the allergy drug Claritin became available without a prescription in 2002, insurance plans and consumers spent less on the prescription form of its main ingredient, loratadine, and all similar allergy drugs, according to a new report published in this month’s The American Journal of Managed Care. more

Endometriosis causes several types of chronic pain because endometrial cysts communicate with the brain 

Women with endometriosis often have several types of chronic pain conditions because their abnormal growths develop a nerve supply that communicates with the brain, new research suggests. more

Banking baby, wisdom teeth for stem cells

Baby and wisdom teeth, along with jawbone and periodontal ligament, are non-controversial sources of stem cells that could be “banked” for future health needs, according to a National Institutes of Health researcher who spoke today at the American Dental Association’s national media conference. more


Men with diabetes age 45 and older may be more than twice as likely as non-diabetic men to have low testosterone levels