Volume 7 Issue 165
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jun-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Tobacco linked to 63 percent of cancer death burden among African-American men

A new analysis links tobacco smoke to 63 percent of cancer deaths among African-American men in the United States. The smoke-related cancer death burden for African-American men is highest in the South at 67 percent, with the lowest burden -- 43 percent -- in the Northeast. The percentage is 60 in the West and 63 in the Midwest. more  

Researchers from Mexico, United States find new family of catfish in Chiapas

A team of researchers from Mexico and the United States has identified a new family of catfish in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The paper detailing the discovery has been published in Zootaxa, an online scientific journal. more

Chemotherapy for brain tumors is boosted after vaccine targets resistance-related antigen

In the August issue of the journal Oncogene, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute describe a molecular mechanism that appears to make malignant brain tumors more vulnerable to chemotherapy after they have been treated with the dendritic cell vaccine. more  

Diabetic retinopathy occurs in pre-diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy has been found in nearly 8 percent of pre-diabetic participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), according to a report presented today at the American Diabetes Association's 65th Annual Scientific Sessions. Diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to vision loss, was also seen in 12 percent of participants with type 2 diabetes who developed diabetes during the DPP. No other long-term study has evaluated retinopathy in a population so carefully examined for the presence or development of type 2 diabetes. more

Diets rich in calcium and vitamin D may decrease risk of PMS 

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may lower the risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), according to a study in the June 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

Social support linked to prognostic marker for ovarian cancer 

A new study funded by the National Cancer Institute reports that social support and other behavioral factors are related to levels of a circulating protein, which at high levels is associated with a poor prognosis in advanced ovarian cancer. more

Sleep therapy may protect against death from heart disease

A common sleep therapy used to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may actually have a protective effect against death related to cardiovascular disease. In a new study published in the June issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, patients with OSA who were treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) had significantly fewer cardiovascular disease-related deaths and cardiovascular-related events than untreated patients. more


Tobacco smoke linked to 63 percent of cancer deaths among African-American men in the U.S.