Volume 7 Issue 202
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jul-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jul-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New discovery may help doctors treat infertility

New research suggests that medications commonly referred to as fertility drugs may be ineffective for women who lack a gene called the estrogen receptor beta. The study showed that fertility drugs did not improve ovulation rates in mice that were genetically engineered to lack estrogen receptor beta. The estrogen receptor beta is one of two estrogen receptor proteins which mediate the effects of estrogen hormones and are present throughout the female reproductive tissues. more  

Wife influences husband's marijuana use during first year of marriage

While it's the husband among newlywed couples who has more influence on whether the couple engages in heavy drinking, it's the wife who appears to be in the driver's seat when it comes to determining her husband's marijuana use, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA). more

"Harmless" bacterium found to cause 10 percent of COPD flare-ups

A ubiquitous bacterial strain thought to be uninvolved in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in fact is responsible for 2-4 million flare-ups of the condition that occur annually in the United States, researchers from the University at Buffalo have shown. more  

New approaches to medical treatment of basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, affects millions of people worldwide. While traditional treatment has been surgery and radiation, topical treatments in combination with surgery are showing more promise for patients with basal cell carcinoma. more

Billions of ragweed pollen grains cause most seasonal allergies 

Ragweed is a prolific pollen producer and the number one cause of seasonal allergy symptoms according to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (ACAAI). more

New lead reported in tumor angiogenesis  

Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, have added a key new piece to the puzzle of how tumor cells induce new blood vessels to form and fuel their abnormal growth, a well-known process called angiogenesis. more

Teen birth rate continues decline, fewer childhood deaths, more children immunized children more likely to live in poverty, be involved in violent crime

The adolescent birth rate has reached another record low, the death rate for children between ages 1 and 4 is the lowest ever, young children are more likely to receive their recommended immunizations, and fourth graders are scoring better in math, according to a yearly compendium of statistics from federal agencies concerned with children. more


Billions of ragweed pollen grains cause most seasonal allergies