Volume 7 Issue 208
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Jul-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Combination scanner may increase accuracy in detecting spread, recurrence of head, neck cancer

A highly powerful scanner combining two state-of-the-art technologies computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) may detect the spread of head and neck cancer more accurately than other widely used imaging examinations. more  

One hit of crystal meth causes birth defects: U of T study

A single prenatal dose of methamphetamine commonly known as speed may be enough to cause long-term neurodevelopmental problems in babies, say University of Toronto researchers. more

Any exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy is risky

A re-examination of data from earlier studies suggests that exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy can be just as detrimental to a developing fetus as primary exposure through maternal smoking, according to a recent paper from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. more  

Controlling high blood pressure in individuals age 80 years and older has become a major national health problem

Controlling high blood pressure in individuals age 80 years and older has become a major national health problem, according to a study published in the July 27 issue of JAMA. more

Reference tool helps doctors determine high risk of death after prostate cancer recurrence following surgery 

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and The Brady Urological Institute have identified three risk factors and developed a simple reference tool that doctors can use to determine who is at high risk of death after prostate cancer recurrence following surgery. The new tool - a set of tables that assess a combination of blood tests, the surgical pathology results and time following surgery - can be used to tell which men with recurring cancer after surgery are most likely to die from their renewed disease and would benefit from further treatment. more

Delivery of routine preventive services suboptimal for Medicare beneficiaries  

Certain physician characteristics and practice-setting characteristics are associated with Medicare beneficiaries receiving routine preventive services below the national goals, according to a study in the July 27 issue of JAMA. more

Breast biopsy rates remain steady despite introduction of new technology

Rates of breast biopsy (removal of tissue for diagnostic evaluation) remained stable over a 12 year period even as mammogram use increased and new and less invasive biopsy techniques were introduced, according to a study in the July 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

 

A single prenatal dose of methamphetamine commonly known as speed may be enough to cause long-term neurodevelopmental problems in babies