Volume 7 Issue 226
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Aug-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Studies shed more light on value of "PSA kinetics" in prostate cancer

Two new retrospective studies reinforce earlier findings that rate of change in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) values both before and after treatment for localized prostate cancer can provide important information about patients' prognoses. more  

New-onset diabetes is possible marker for early pancreatic cancer

A population-based study showed that a diagnosis of new-onset diabetes in older patients could serve as a marker for identifying individuals with early stage pancreatic cancer, according to the August 1 Gastroenterology. more

Revised TNM classification system predicts breast cancer survival

Breast cancer patients could find out whether they will respond positively to chemotherapy treatment by testing for the activity of certain genes. In a study published today in the Open Access journal, Journal of Translational Medicine, researchers analysed the genes expressed in the tumours of eighty-three patients with primary breast cancer. more  

Chemoprevention study of selenium for non-small-cell lung cancer

Lung cancer is responsible for more cancer deaths in America than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. In its earliest stages, non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may be removed surgically with potentially curative results. However, the incidence of a second tumor developing in patients who have been treated surgically for early-stage NSCLC is about 20 to 30 percent. more

Washing with soap halved incidence of pneumonia – Leading cause of death in children under five globally 

Handwashing with soap can reduce the number of pneumonia-related infections in children under the age of five by more than 50 percent, according to a study published in The Lancet. The research, conducted in Pakistan by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and P&G Beauty, a division of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), is the first field study to show that handwashing can help prevent pneumonia, the leading killer of children under age 5 worldwide. more

Clostridium sordellii Toxic Shock Syndrome After Medical Abortion with Mifepristone and Intravaginal Misoprostol --- United States and Canada, 2001--2005  

On July 19, 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory regarding the deaths of four women in the United States after medical abortions with Mifeprex® (mifepristone, formerly RU-486; Danco Laboratories, New York, New York) and intravaginal misoprostol. more

Blast lung injury: What clinicians need to know

Blast lung injury (BLI) presents unique triage, diagnostic, and management challenges and is a direct consequence of the blast wave from high explosive detonations upon the body. BLI is a major cause of morbidity and mortality for blast victims both at the scene and among initial survivors. The blast wave’s impact upon the lung results in tearing, hemorrhage, contusion, and edema with resultant ventilation-perfusion mismatch. BLI is a clinical diagnosis and is characterized by respiratory difficulty and hypoxia, which may occur without obvious external injury to the chest. more

 

Handwashing with soap can reduce the number of pneumonia-related infections in children under the age of five by more than 50 percent