Volume 7 Issue 335
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Dec-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Ancient Chinese remedy shows potential in preventing breast cancer

A derivative of the sweet wormwood plant used since ancient times to fight malaria and shown to precisely target and kill cancer cells may someday aid in stopping breast cancer before it gets a toehold. In a new study, two University of Washington bioengineers found that the substance, artemisinin, appeared to prevent the onset of breast cancer in rats that had been given a cancer-causing agent. The study appears in the latest issue of the journal Cancer Letters. more  

Pular antidepressants boost brain growth, Hopkins scientists report

The beneficial effects of a widely used class of antidepressants might be the result of increased nerve-fiber growth in key parts of the brain, according to a Johns Hopkins study being published in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Neurochemistry. more

Combating depression in women with nursing interventions

Low-income women at risk of depression can be helped through the use of cognitive-behavioral interventions including affirmation and thought stopping, recent research shows. more  

File compression can expand mammography's power

When it comes to the information in a mammogram, Purdue scientists say less is more and their findings could bring medical care to many far-flung communities. more

Depression is not good for your heart  

According to a large-scale study in Sweden, people who have been diagnosed with depression, especially younger patients between 25 and 50 years of age, are at increased risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) later in life. Even after accounting for socioeconomic status and gender, the risk was greatest for those diagnosed before 40. more

Artificial light at night stimulates breast cancer growth in laboratory mice 

Results from a new study in laboratory mice show that nighttime exposure to artificial light stimulated the growth of human breast tumors by suppressing the levels of a key hormone called melatonin. The study also showed that extended periods of nighttime darkness greatly slowed the growth of these tumors. more

Drug-eluting stents may cause allergic reactions

Drug-eluting stents have greatly reduced the risk of repeat blockage of heart arteries, but researchers from Northwestern Memorial Hospital have found that in some patients, the stents can cause allergic reactions that can have serious consequences. They stress that physicians and their patients should be aware of this potential and know the symptoms. The findings have been published online will be published in the January 3rd issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more


Nighttime exposure to artificial light stimulates the growth of human breast tumors by suppressing the levels of a key hormone called melatonin.