Volume 7 Issue 262
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Sep-2005 
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Eating foods with 'weak estrogens' may help reduce lung cancer risk

An incurable, deadly lung disorder, "idiopathic interstitial pneumonia" (IIP), whose causes were mysterious arises from a combination of a genetic predisposition and damage due to inhaled chemicals, notably from cigarette smoking, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found. more  

Survival of heart patients on beta-blockers varies greatly with genetic variation

Survival of heart attack and unstable angina patients placed on beta-blocker therapy corresponds to specific variations in their genes, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. The study appears in the September 28, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. more

Simulator can help stroke patients drive again

A high-fidelity simulator that allows people to practice driving on a computer-generated course can help stroke patients learn to drive again, researchers have found. more  

Combination HRT appears to more than double the risk of breast cancer among women who smoke

Older women who have smoked for 11 or more "pack years" – the lifetime equivalent of a pack a day for at least 11 years – face a 30 percent to 40 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer as compared to women who've never smoked, according to new findings from researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. more

Loss of body mass linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds  

Loss of body mass over time appears to be strongly linked to older adults’ risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and the greater the loss the greater the chance of a person developing the disease, new research has found. The findings are the first to associate decline in body mass index (BMI) with the eventual onset of AD. The researchers suggest that the loss of body mass reflects disease processes and that change in BMI might be a clinical predictor of the development of AD. more

Kidney transplant patients face higher skin cancer risk 

People who receive a kidney transplant are nearly four times more likely than the general population to develop melanoma, a rare but deadly form of skin cancer, according to a study led by Christopher Hollenbeak, Ph.D., associate professor, Departments of Surgery and Health Evaluation Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. more

Liver CRP production linked to atherosclerosis

New research shows that levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), produced by the liver and not at the lesion site, correlate with the degree of atherosclerosis. The paper by Sun et al., "C-reactive protein in atherosclerotic lesions: its origin and pathophysiological significance," appears in the October issue of The American Journal of Pathology and is accompanied by a commentary. more


Eating vegetables and other foods that have weak estrogen-like activity appears to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer in smokers