Volume 7 Issue 254
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Sep-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Sep-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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First link found between obesity, inflammation and vascular disease

Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have found that human fat cells produce a protein that is linked to both inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. more  

Breast cancer screening trial shows digital mammogram benefitsy

Results of one of the largest breast cancer screening trials show that digital mammography detects significantly more cancers than film mammography in younger women and in women with dense breasts. The American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) conducted the trial in conjunction with the Center for Statistical Sciences at Brown Medical School. The New England Journal of Medicine reports the results. more

Postmenopausal hormone therapy increases breast cancer risk across all ethnicities

A cohort study of 55,371 menopausal American women has found no significant differences among different ethnic groups for the increased risk of breast cancer related to hormone replacement therapy. The study, published online September 16, 2005 in the International Journal of Cancer, the official journal of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), did find that leaner women taking hormone replacement therapy had a relatively greater increase in breast cancer risks than heavier women. more  

Mental declines can be reversed - report shows

As we get beyond retirement age, most of us will not be as mentally sharp as we once were. But a researcher at the University of Alberta says most people have the ability to reverse the mental declines that come with aging. more

Staying alert during class: Self-applied acupressure may reduce sleepiness 

Whether it's triggered by the monotone of an instructor or insufficient rest the night before, students at all ages and grade levels sometimes have trouble staying awake in class. more

Potential ovarian cancer oncogene offers possibility of predictive test and a novel therapy  

No other medicine is as common, inexpensive, and yet powerful in so many ways as aspirin; yet despite a century of experience with the drug, researchers are still learning important new lessons, while raising new questions, according to seven special articles in the Sept. 20, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more

Prior aspirin use may not be a red flag for heart attack patients AND Aspirin at night may lower blood pressure

Study 1: Although aspirin can lower the risk of a heart attack, a number of studies have indicated that when someone has a heart attack despite taking aspirin, the outlook may be worse than for a similar patient who had not been taking aspirin before the heart attack. Study 2: Aspirin's effect on blood pressure may depend on when patients take their pills. Researchers in Spain randomized 328 patients with mild hypertension to take a low-dose (100 milligram) aspirin pill each morning, take the pill before bed, or not take aspirin at all. After three months, blood pressure rose slightly among the patients taking aspirin in the morning, but it fell in the group taking aspirin at night. more


The wonders of aspirin