Volume 7 Issue 290
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Nov-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Nov-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Pulmonary fibrosis linked to genetic susceptibility and smoking

Physicians should maintain a high degree of suspicion and carefully examine any patient who has had two or more relatives with pulmonary fibrosis since genetic susceptibility plays a significant role in the development of this fatal disease, especially among smokers. This warning to help identify early stage disease resulted from a new study in the first issue for November 2005 of the American Thoracic Society's peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. more  

Tuberculosis blood test believed superior to skin test

Researchers who tested the traditional tuberculin skin test against a new tuberculin blood test in persons who had been exposed to a diagnosed tuberculosis (TB) case believe that the new blood assay test could be more sensitive than the skin test in detecting latent TB, especially in foreign-born individuals. Many of these persons had received a type of vaccination that triggered a response from the skin test. more

Long-term hormone use helps prostate cancer patients live longer

Doctors in Canada have discovered that treating high-risk prostate cancer patients with radiation therapy and adding hormone therapy for more than one year allows patients to live longer, have better control of their prostate specific antigen levels and lowers the rate of death specifically from prostate cancer, according to a study published in the November 1, 2005, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO. more  

High doses of ibuprofen cause significant GI bleeding, despite safety profile

People who take high doses of ibuprofen on a regular basis are three times more likely to experience gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding than those who do not take painkillers. Results of a small, retrospective analysis published today in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology show that significant GI bleeding can be observed as early as three days after starting an ibuprofen regimen in otherwise healthy people--giving credence to the belief that high doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), no matter the safety profile, are likely to cause gastrointestinal bleeding that can be harmful to the digestive system. more

Protein suppresses prostate cancer, enhances effects of vitamin E  

Researchers have identified a protein that disrupts an important signaling pathway in prostate cancer cells and suppresses growth of the cancer. more

Lung-sparing treatment for cancer proving effective 

Lung cancer patients with extenuating health problems may have an alternative to traditional radiation therapy through a lung-sparing procedure pioneered at the Indiana University School of Medicine. more

Negative body image: New treatment study

Therapies for those with a significant negative body image, which affects an individual's capacity to form close and affectionate friendships and relationships and may be associated with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and fear, will be the focus of a new ANU study. more


People who take high doses of ibuprofen on a regular basis are three times more likely to experience gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding than those who do not take painkillers.