Volume 7 Issue 277
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Oct-2005 
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CT scan can spare some head and neck cancer patients surgery

Some patients with head and neck cancer can be safely spared the risk and expense of surgery by undergoing a CT scan to predict whether the disease is in check after radiation therapy, according to study findings University of Florida doctors released today (Oct. 18) at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. more  

Steroids and chicken pox not a good mix

Children who have been treated with steroids and are exposed to chicken pox tend to have a more severe case of the virus, according to pediatric oncologists at Brenner Children's Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. more

Research team develops cancer-curing T-lymphocyte-based therapy to eradicate malignant tumors

In a major research initiative funded by The Terry Fox Foundation, Claude Perreault, Canada Chair in Immunobiology at the Institute of Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal, has succeeded in developing a new approach to eradicate malignant melanoma tumours in mice. more  

Drug combo against AIDS-related infections also prevents malaria

A drug combination used to prevent pneumonia and opportunistic bacterial infection in persons with HIV/AIDS has unexpectedly been found to be highly effective at preventing malaria, according to a study published in the November 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. more

Antipsychotic drugs linked to increased risk of death for some elderly Alzheimer's patients 

Some newer antipsychotic medications may be associated with a small increased risk of death when used to treat elderly dementia patients, psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins warn. more

Patients have increased hospitalization rate after gastric bypass surgery  

Patients who have gastric bypass surgery have double the rate of hospitalization in the year following the operation than in the year preceding surgery, according to a study in the October 19 issue of JAMA. more

Risk of death from bariatric surgery among Medicare patients higher than previously estimated

Medicare patients have a substantially higher risk of early death following bariatric surgery than previously suggested, and the risk of death is higher among men, older patients, and patients of surgeons who perform lower numbers of bariatric procedures, according to a study in the October 19 issue of JAMA. more


Patients taking second-generation antipsychotic medications were 1.5 times more likely to die than patients taking a placebo.