Volume 7 Issue 238
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Aug-2005 
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Race and sex disparities in heart attack care, survival not improving

Differences based on race and sex in treatment patterns for hospitalized American heart attack patients have remained unchanged over an eight-year period, despite improvements in quality of heart attack care during this time, Emory and Yale School of Medicine researchers write in the August 18 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. more  

Improving the potential of cancer vaccines

A special stretch of genetic material may turn off the immune suppression that stymies attempts to fight cancer with a vaccine, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) at Houston. more

Health care providers should cut out painful procedure during birth

Rates of episiotomy being practiced during childbirth are high, despite recommendations by prominent obstetric, midwifery, and nursing bodies to restrict the use of this procedure. more  

How germ cells decide whether to be sperm or eggs

Johns Hopkins biologists have determined how developing embryos tell their specialized "germ cells" whether to develop into a male's sperm or a female's eggs. more

Solving the mystery of mutated proteins and the brain  

In some neurological diseases, too much of what is usually a good thing can be bad, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report in this week's issue of the journal Cell. more

New report on soy finds limited evidence for health outcomes 

Daily consumption of soy protein found in tofu and other soybean products may result in a small reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL, known as bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels, according to a new evidence review supported by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In addition, isoflavones found in soy may reduce the frequency of hot flashes in post-menopausal women. However, the available studies on the health impacts of soy were limited in number, of poor quality, or their duration was too short to lead to definite conclusions. more

King George III’s madness linked to key metabolism molecule

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers say they have uncovered a molecular explanation for the episodic attacks of irrational and demented behavior in porphyria, the disease believed to have afflicted “Mad” King George III, the British ruler blamed for the loss of the American colonies in the Revolutionary War. more


Dana-Farber researchers have uncovered a molecular explanation for the irrational and demented behavior of porphyria, the disease believed to have afflicted “Mad” King George III