Volume 7 Issue 172
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jun-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jun-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Patients may want to skip that cup of coffee before undergoing PET/CT scans

Patients who need a positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) procedure to evaluate known or suspected malignancies should lay off the java, according to research by Medhat M. Osman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of internal medicine's division of nuclear medicine and director of PET at Saint Louis University Hospital. more  

Restoring flow to all blocked areas of the heart improves 5-year survival rate, study says

Pointing out that not all coronary artery bypass operations are performed the same way or have equivalent outcomes, cardiothoracic surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have found that patients who have blockages of multiple coronary arteries and undergo "complete revascularization" grafting of arteries to restore blood flow to all affected territories of the heart have consistently better long-term survival rates than those who have "incomplete revascularization." more

Thalidomide treatment proves better than conventional chemotherapy for multiple myeloma

When people hear "thalidomide," many think "birth defects," however, evidence has come to light that this once-banned drug can be used as a potent anti-cancer treatment. In a new study, researchers from the University of Bologna, Italy, demonstrate that Thal-Dex (thalidomide used in combination with dexamethasone) is more powerful than conventional chemotherapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Their findings will be published in the July 1, 2005, issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology. more  

Psychiatric illnesses are common in children with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes

As many as one in five children with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes may also have a neuropsychiatric disorder, according to a new study. The illnesses include depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, developmental delay, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The research suggests that children with a neuropsychiatric disease may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, and vice versa. more

Elevated CRP can foil diet's ability to lower cholesterol 

If you have high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker in blood for inflammation that is strongly associated with heart disease, trying to lower your LDL-cholesterol through modest diet changes alone may not work. more

World first: Scientists succeed in cloning human embryos from eggs matured in the lab 

Scientists in Belgium have discovered how to clone human embryos from eggs that have been matured in the laboratory. Their discovery should make it easier for scientists to create embryonic stem cell lines from cloned embryos and develop them to provide eggs and sperm for infertile couples, the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology heard today (Monday 20 June). more

Leukemia, infection tied to aging stem cells, Stanford researchers say

Older people are more prone to infections and have a higher risk of developing leukemia, and now researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have one hint as to why that may be. The group found that in mice, the bone marrow stem cells responsible for churning out new blood cells slow down in their ability to produce immune cells, leaving older mice with fewer defenses against infection. more


Skip that cup of coffee when going for a PET or CT scan.