Volume 8 Issue 144
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-May-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-May-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Cure for reading glasses may be in view

It's 10 p.m., and you've finally relaxed into your favorite comfy chair to browse the day's newspaper. Patting your shirt pockets you realize there's a problem, and now you're not relaxed anymore. You can't find your reading glasses. Again! more  

Early treatment favored for multiple sclerosis

An editorial accompanying a published debate on the pros and cons of starting treatment early in the course of multiple sclerosis comes down in favor of early treatment for this potentially devastating disease. This opinion coincides with a consensus paper published by the National MS Society. The April issue of the Archives of Neurology features both sides of this debate on early treatment for MS. more

Inconsistent access to food in low-income households may contribute to weight gain

There's more to be gleaned from national health surveys than just health statistics. Not only can these data illustrate the scope of a public health problem such as obesity, but they can also provide researchers with clues about ways to intervene. Parke Wilde, PhD, a food economist at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and a co-author recently analyzed data from the continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally-representative survey of more than 10,000 Americans. more  

Resectability of pre-symptomatic pancreatic cancer and its relationship to onset of diabetes: A retrospective review of CT scans and fasting glucose values prior to diagnosis

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, claiming the lives of nearly 32,000 people in the United States each year. With few visible symptoms, pancreatic cancer is often difficult to catch early and many patients are not diagnosed until the cancer is too advanced for surgery. more

Type 2 diabetes mellitus: The impact on colorectal adenoma risk in women 

Having Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus raises a person's risk for developing colorectal cancer, and while there have been several studies linking insulin resistance to colorectal cancer risk, there is little data on whether women with diabetes are more at risk for colorectal adenomas, or polyps, which can become cancerous. more

Patients with coronary artery disease are at high risk for developing colorectal cancer and adenoma: An interim analysis of a prospective study  

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common but curable cancers, when caught early. This underscores the importance of identifying high risk patients and screening them to ensure early detection and treatment. Investigators from the University of Hong Kong conducted a prospective study to evaluate potential risk factors for colorectal cancer and found that patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) were also prone to colorectal cancer and adenoma, most likely as a result of common risk factors for both diseases. Both conditions share risk factors including male sex, old age, diabetes, smoking, high fat diet, sedentary life style and high body mass index (BMI). more

Nighttime breathing mask decreases blood pressure in people with sleep apnea

Patients with the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea who receive air through a mask while they sleep can significantly reduce their blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22nd. more


Patients with obstructive sleep apnea who receive air through a mask while they sleep can significantly reduce their blood pressure.