Volume 7 Issue 307
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Nov-2005 
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‘Sex’ helps bacteria cope with a changing world

Bacteria feel pressures to evolve antibiotic resistance and other new abilities in response to a changing environment, and they react by 'stealing' genetic information from other better-adapted types of bacteria, according to research published in Nature Genetics today. more  

Patients' reports of domestic violence not recorded by a nearly a third of surveyed physicians

Nearly a third of surveyed physicians do not keep a record when patients report domestic violence. Published today in the open access journal BMC Family Practice, a study of clinicians' reports on patients who experienced domestic violence also reveals that 90% of the clinicians surveyed do not document domestic violence adequately. Their reports do not record whether they offered support and information about domestic violence to patients who might have needed it. more

Researchers zero in on the possible cause of Kawasaki disease

In an important discovery in infectious disease research, a team of scientists from Northwestern University has identified a possible viral cause of Kawasaki disease, the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed nations. more  

New drug target identified for fighting Parkinson's disease

Researchers at Johns Hopkins' Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE) have discovered a protein that could be the best new target in the fight against Parkinson's disease since the brain-damaging condition was first tied to loss of the brain chemical dopamine. more

Research finds nine behavioral and environmental risk factors play a major role in causing deaths from cancer globally  

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a network of collaborators estimated mortality for 12 types of cancer linked to nine risk factors in seven World Bank regions for the year 2001. They found that of the seven million deaths worldwide that year from cancer, 35 percent were attributable to the nine well-known behavioral and environmental risk factors. more

Thyroid dysfunction linked to heart failure in new research study 

A new study in rats is giving researchers hope that more aggressive treatment of hypothyroidism and borderline hypothyroidism will result in a reduction of heart disease in human beings. Because roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from hypothyroidism or borderline hypothyroidism, the insufficient production of thyroid hormones, the team’s discovery could potentially lead to improvement in patients with heart disease. more

Exposure to high levels of noise increases blood pressure

A new study by University of Michigan researchers suggests working in loud places can raise blood pressure levels. more


Of the seven million deaths worldwide per year from cancer, 35 percent were attributable to the nine well-known behavioral and environmental risk factors.