Volume 7 Issue 224
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Aug-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Folates more effective in limiting Alzheimer's disease risk than antioxidants, other nutrients

Adults who eat the daily recommended allowance of folates -- B-vitamin nutrients found in oranges, legumes, leafy green vegetables and folic acid supplements -- significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to results from a long-term National Institute on Aging study of diet and brain aging. more  

Protein prevents tissue injury but encourages tumor growth

You win some, you lose some. A protein that protects the body from tissue damage also increases the risk of tumors, according to a study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Moderate reduction of the protein level protects against tumor formation but increases susceptibility to tissue injury. more

Violent or erotic images cause momentary periods of “emotion-induced blindness”

If your partner seems to be ignoring you after a flash of nudity on the television screen, it might not be his or her fault: A new psychological study finds that when people are shown violent or erotic images they frequently fail to process what they see immediately afterwards. more  

Study reveals body's defense mechanism worsens asthma symptoms

MUHC scientists have discovered that our body's own defense mechanism causes some of the most serious asthma symptoms. The study by MUHC researchers Dr. David Ramos-Barbón, Dr. Elizabeth Fixman and Dr. James Martin, published in a recent issue of Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), reveals that T lymphocytes--our body's defense cells--are responsible for the airway thickening, which increases the chances of a dangerous asthma attack. more

Natural scientists are less likely to believe in God than are social scientists  

Scientists in the social sciences are more likely to believe in God and attend religious services than are scientists in the natural sciences, according to a survey of 1,646 faculty members at elite research universities by a Rice University sociologist. more

New drug looks promising for lung disease  

An anti-inflammatory drug called roflumilast could become a new therapeutic strategy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conclude the results of a randomised trial in this week’s issue of The Lancet. more

Lung cancer differences between women and men abound

The death of longtime ABC News anchor Peter Jennings and the acknowledgement of actress Dana Reeve, widow of “Superman” Christopher Reeve, that she has lung cancer presents an opportunity to remind both women and men that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men. It is also important to note the differences between women and men in lung cancer, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research. more


Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men