Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 63 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Mar-2005
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Inflammation elevates risk of cardiac death in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Mayo Clinic epidemiologists have found that the systemic inflammation characterizing rheumatoid arthritis may be to blame for the increased risk of cardiovascular death in patients with the disease. more

Mayo Clinic develops first genomic-based test to predict stroke from ruptured brain aneurysm
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a genetic marker that may pave the way for a fast, inexpensive blood test to predict one type of deadly stroke that strikes 30,000 people in the United States annually.  more

Important discovery about second most fatal cancer (colorectal cancer)
An international team of medical scientists has made an important advance in our understanding of the second most fatal form of cancer in the industrialized world. Professor Jeremy R. Jass, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Gastrointestinal Pathology at McGill University in Montreal, and colleagues in Australia and Japan have shown that in some cases colorectal cancer can be inherited. more


MRI better than current standard of practice in assessing neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients
More breast cancer patients with large palpable tumors are now undergoing chemotherapy before surgery in an effort to reduce the size of their tumor, and MRI is the best way to predict if the chemotherapy is working, preliminary results of a study show. If the chemotherapy is successful, then the woman may be able to undergo breast-conservation surgery rather than a mastectomy.  more

School-based smoking prevention programs ineffective
Smoking prevention programs in junior high or high school have little influence on whether teens choose to light up or not, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.  more

Men more likely to get screened for prostate cancer than colon cancer
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men, but according to a new University of Michigan Health System study, fewer than half of men surveyed were up-to-date with colon cancer screenings.  more

FDA assesses new report on acrylamide
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a report released on 2 March from the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) on acrylamide in food. Acrylamide is a natural byproduct that forms when certain carbohydrate-rich foods are fried, baked, or roasted at high temperatures. Acrylamide can cause cancer in laboratory animals at high doses, although it is not clear whether it causes cancer at the much lower levels in food.  more

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