Volume 7 Issue 217
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Aug-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Ovarian cancer risk and consumption of milk products and lactose

An analysis of 21 studies that have investigated the link between ovarian cancer and the consumption of milk products and lactose has found some support for the hypothesis that high intake is associated with increased cancer risk. The results of this analysis, published online August 5, 2005 in the International Journal of Cancer, the official journal of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), found that support was stronger in cohort studies, compared to case-control studies, which offered varying results. more  

Mothers face disadvantages in getting hired, Cornell study says

Mothers looking for employment face disadvantages, including being less likely to be hired, being offered lower salaries and facing a perception that they would be less committed to a job than fathers or women without children, according to an experiment conducted by researchers at Cornell University. more

More than half the US population is sensitive to one or more allergens

More than fifty percent of the U.S. population tested positive to one or more allergens, according to a large national study. The new findings, based on data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), shows that 54.3% of individuals aged 6-59 years old had a positive skin test response to at least one of the 10 allergens tested. The highest prevalence rates were for dust mite, rye, ragweed, and cockroach, with about 25% of the population testing positive to each allergen. Peanut allergy was the least common, with 9% of the population reacting positively to that food allergen. more  

Prehypertension triples heart attack risk

People with prehypertension are at much higher risk of heart attack and heart disease, according to a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. more

New patient safety website launched  

More people die as a result of medical errors than from other common causes of death including motor vehicle crashes, breast cancer, and AIDS. more

Multivitamins don't prevent infections in older people  

Multivitamin and mineral supplements don't appear to prevent infections in older people living at home, finds a study in this week's BMJ. more

Cocaine residue in Italian water reveals more users than official estimates

The levels of cocaine residue in flowing water in Italy suggest that many more people take the drug than official national estimates previously suggested. A study published today in the open access journal Environmental Health reports on a new tool used to measure the levels of a cocaine by-product excreted in urine, and present in rivers and in flowing sewage water. This new method provides evidence that about 40,000 doses of cocaine are consumed every day in the Po valley - according to official estimates for this area, only 15,000 users admit to taking the drug at least once a month. more


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