Volume 7 Issue 338
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Dec-2005 
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Asthma inhalers adopted more slowly for minority patients and children

Inhaled steroid medications for asthma, which have greatly reduced the need for patients to be hospitalized with serious symptoms, were significantly less likely to be prescribed for minority patients and children during the years soon after their introduction. In the January 2006 issue of the journal Medical Care, investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy report one of the first studies to examine how disparitites in health care change over time, reflecting how the introduction of a new technology differs among racial, ethnic or other groups. more  

Effective government/industry collaboration bolsters flu vaccine supply

When faced with an urgent public health need, the federal government, vaccine manufacturers and university-based researchers can work together quickly and effectively to come up with solutions, as demonstrated in the successful clinical trial of the influenza vaccine Fluarix. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sponsored the clinical trial that demonstrated the vaccine's safety and ability to generate an immune response and ultimately led to its expedited approval by FDA in August 2005. Fluarix is the first vaccine to receive FDA approval under the agency's accelerated approval regulations. more

Bigger brain size matters for intellectual ability

Brain size matters for intellectual ability and bigger is better, McMaster University researchers have found. more  

Air pollution, high-fat diet cause atherosclerosis in laboratory mice

Test results with laboratory mice show a direct cause-and-effect link between exposure to fine particle air pollution and the development of atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries. Mice that were fed a high-fat diet and exposed to air with fine particles had 1.5 times more plaque production than mice fed the same diet and exposed to clean filtered air. more

Woolly mammoth genome comes to life  

A McMaster University geneticist, in collaboration with genome researchers from Penn State University and the American Museum of Natural History has made history by mapping a portion of the woolly mammoth's genome. The discovery, which has astounded the scientific world, surpasses an earlier study released today by Nature that also concerns the woolly mammoth. more

The Cancer Trends Progress Report, 2005 Update 

The Cancer Trends Progress Report, first issued in 2001 as the Cancer Progress Report, summarizes our nationís progress against cancer in relation to Healthy People 2010 targets set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report includes key measures of progress along the cancer control continuum and uses national trend data to illustrate where advancements have been made. (123 pages PDF) more

Role of microRNA identified in thyroid cancer

The presence of only five tiny strands of RNA is enough to clearly distinguish cancerous thyroid tissue from otherwise normal tissue, scientists say. more


Brain size matters for intellectual ability and bigger is better.