Volume 7 Issue 219
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Aug-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Study finds obesity has effect on disability, not life expectancy, for adults 70+

New research shows that obese adults who reach the age of 70 are at no greater risk of dying than their non-obese counterparts, but they do have a much greater probability of spending their remaining years disabled. The data supporting this is reported in the August 2005 issue of The Gerontologist (Vol. 45, No. 4). more  

U.S. national project launched to reduce surgical complications by 25 percent

In an effort to improve surgical care in hospitals nationwide, a partnership of leading public and private health care organizations has launched a project to reduce surgical complications by 25 percent by the year 2010. more

Johns Hopkins: Our ancestors ate everything!

Using a powerful microscope and computer software, a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins, the University of Arkansas, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and elsewhere has developed a faster and more objective way to examine the surfaces of fossilized teeth, a practice used to figure out the diets of our early ancestors. more  

Study questions benefits of community screening for breast cancer

During the past 20 years, results from randomized trials have led to the widespread adoption of screening mammography and clinical breast exams. However, a study in the July 20 Journal of the National Cancer Institute calls into question the mortality benefit of breast cancer screening as practiced in the real world, compared with the well-controlled situations of clinical trials. more

Heat shock improves viral cancer therapy  

Resistance to treatment with ONYX-015, a genetically modified virus that selectively attacks tumor cells, can be overcome by inducing a heat-shock response in tumor cells, according to a study in the July Cancer Cell. more

In stage I seminomas, carboplatin just as good, if not better, than radiation  

Because the cure rates for men with stage I seminoma, a type of testicular cancer, are nearly 100 percent, clinicians focus on relapses and side effects in evaluating the best treatment. To this end, a European research team compared the standard adjuvant treatment, radiation, with single-dose carboplatin chemotherapy to see if adverse effects can be reduced. Their results are published in the July 23 Lancet. more

Australian researchers have found a toxin that plays an important role in the progression of Alzheimer's disease

In a world first, Australian researchers have found a toxin that plays an important role in the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia. more


Obesity affects quality of life, but it may not affect quantity of life.