Volume 7 Issue 322
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Dec-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New study shows measles immunization may prevent fatal brain infection

An inflamed injury may increase levels of a protein responsible for persistent pain, causing the brain to mimic pain long after source has disappeared, says U of T researchers. The findings could have serious implications for the millions of Canadians who suffer from chronic pain. more  

New treatment for pancreatic cancer allows life-saving surgery

A new treatment for pancreatic cancer developed by clinical researchers of Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center substantially reduces the size of tumors and lowers the risk of local recurrence of the disease. Fifty percent of patients in the study responded to therapy--one of the highest response rates ever seen with pancreatic cancer. Results of the study were published in the December 2005 issue of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. more

Groundbreaking guidelines promote early detection, treatment of arterial disease

More than 12 million Americans suffer from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), prompting the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to release today the groundbreaking Peripheral Arterial Disease Guidelines to help physicians and all healthcare professionals better treat this alarmingly common condition. more  

CPR and external defibrillator training may decrease adolescent sports-related deaths

Although adolescent sports-related deaths are rare, they are commonly caused by cardiovascular problems, such as commotio cardis--cardiac arrest caused by being hit in the chest with an object, such as a baseball or softball, usually traveling 30 to 50 miles per hour. The frequency of this problem is not known, but the survival rate is low among reported cases. However, the survival rate may be increased when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is performed and an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within three minutes of impact. more

Access to existing medical treatments could save more lives than spending to improve the treatments 

More lives could be saved in the United States by spending less money on making medical treatments better and more on getting existing treatments to the patients who need them, according to a study published by a Virginia Commonwealth University family medicine and public health physician. more

Computer simulation shows buckyballs deform DNA  

Soccer-ball-shaped "buckyballs" are the most famous players on the nanoscale field, presenting tantalizing prospects of revolutionizing medicine and the computer industry. Since their discovery in 1985, engineers and scientists have been exploring the properties of these molecules for a wide range of applications and innovations. more

Women and elderly should also receive chemotherapy

Although all eligible patients with stage III colon cancer should be offered adjuvant chemotherapy treatment because it improves survival, up to one-third are not, and many of these excluded patients are women and the elderly, say researchers who looked at data from more than 85,000 patients. more


Up to one third of eligible patients with stage III colon cancer are not offered adjuvant chemotherapy treatment and many of these excluded patients are women and the elderly