Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 45 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Feb-2005
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Hypothyroidism associated with reduced breast cancer risk
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that women with a common thyroid gland disorder appear to have a reduced chance of developing invasive breast cancer, according to a study published in the 15 March issue of Cancer, available online 14 February.  more

Breast cancer treatment reduces risk of heart disease
Women with breast cancer treated with the anti-estrogen drug tamoxifen are at significantly less risk of having a heart attack or symptoms of heart stress such as angina, according to a new study. The study, published in the 15 March 2005 issue of Cancer finds the benefit becomes pronounced within two years of therapy and is maintained throughout its use.  more

Valentine's Day: Falling in love in three minutes or less
It seems that the heart wants what the heart wants -- and it can figure it out fairly quickly, according to evolutionary psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania. The researchers studied dating data from 10,526 anonymous participants of HurryDate, a company that organizes "speed dating" sessions, and found rare behavioral data on how people genuinely act in dating situations.  more


Could a simple urine test detect cervical cancer?
Washington University scientists believe it could be possible to screen for cervical cancer with a urine test. Cervical cancer could be detected by looking for specific gene patterns in urine samples. In trials, the method accurately picked up many cases of early and invasive cervical cancers.  more

Using HIV to seek and destroy cancer cells
A University of California team hopes to use a harmless form of the HIV virus to destroy cancer cells. The researchers found an impotent version of HIV in cancer cells in mice.  more

International trial of two microbicides begins
A large, multisite trial designed to examine the safety and preliminary effectiveness of two candidate topical microbicides to prevent HIV infection has opened to volunteer enrollment. The trial, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, represents a partnership among various research institutions in Africa and the United States.  more

SAMHSA Unveils State Substance Abuse Data from 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Utah has the lowest rate of past month use of illicit drugs in the nation, as well as the lowest rate for binge drinking, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed today. Alaska has the highest rate of illegal drug use, while North Dakota has the highest rate for binging on alcohol. more

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