Volume 7 Issue 291
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Nov-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Nov-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Vitamin D, taxotere combination extends the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer

Men with advanced prostate cancer who take an experimental, high-dose vitamin D pill with chemotherapy live about eight months longer than those receiving chemotherapy and placebo, according to a new study. more  

Infectious disease doctors respond to President Bush's strategy on pandemic influenza

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) applauds President Bush and his administration for outlining an aggressive domestic and international approach to pandemic influenza preparedness and giving this issue the high level of attention that it warrants. IDSA has long urged the U.S. government to develop preparedness and response strategies to limit the death, pain, human suffering, and economic burden that will result from a pandemic. more

New screen-and-treat methods for cervical cancer significantly reduce cancer precursor lesions

A new study led by Columbia University Medical Center researchers demonstrates the safety and efficacy of two low-tech diagnostic tools to significantly reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer precursor lesions. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in women in many developing countries. Designed as rapid screen-and-treat methods that could be done the same day, the protocols could finally make prevention of cervical cancer a viable option for all women in any setting around the world. more  

Successful tests of new treatments in mice for eye disease causing irreversible blindness in humans

A team led by Krzysztof Palczewski, Ph.D., chair of pharmacology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has taken the first steps in treating an eye disease causing irreversible congenital blindness in millions of people worldwide by successfully testing two new treatments in mice. more

New therapeutic target identified in inherited brain tumor disorder  

Researchers studying a mouse model of neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1), a genetic condition that causes childhood brain tumors, have found their second new drug target in a year, a protein called methionine aminopeptidase-2 (MetAP2). more

Diabetic blacks have less coronary artery disease than diabetic whites 

In a surprising outcome, investigators at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that diabetic black men have dramatically lower amounts of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, than diabetic white men. more

Focus on lung cancer: How to prevent and treat it

Since smoking became popular in America in the 1930s, lung cancer rates have continued to climb. Today, it is still the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, with totals more than the other five leading cancers combined. more


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, with totals more than the other five leading cancers combined.