Volume 8 Issue 154
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Jun-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Jun-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Better survival seen for early breast cancer patients switched from tamoxifen to Aromasin

New data from the Intergroup Exemestane Study (IES) showed for the first time today that hormone sensitive postmenopausal early breast cancer patients who switched to Aromasin after 2 to 3 years of tamoxifen were 17% more likely to be alive and were 25% less likely to have their cancer return than patients who continued on tamoxifen for a full 5 years of therapy. more  

Prescribing information: Aromasin (exemestane tablets)

AROMASIN® (exemestane tablets) is a hormonal therapy approved for postmenopausal women who have had estrogen-receptor positive early breast cancer and have been on tamoxifen for 2 to 3 years. more

Overweight and obesity enlarges teenagers' hearts

The effects of excess weight on heart health can be seen even in adolescents, with abnormal enlargement and impaired pumping function evident in subjects by age 20, according to a new study in the June 6, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more  

It's never too late to 'hurry up' angioplasty treatment

Slicing minutes off the time it takes hospitals to deliver emergency angioplasty (the "door-to-balloon" time) improves the survival of appropriate heart attack patients, even when patients have been feeling symptoms for a few hours, according to a new study in the June 6, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more

Enhanced brain response to smoking cues found in African American compared with caucasian smokers 

African American smokers show greater brain activations in response to smoking cues, such as images of individuals smoking, than Caucasian smokers, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. The study, published in the June issue of the journal Addiction Biology, measured increased brain activity in regions associated with emotion and reward, which may explain why African American smokers are less successful than Caucasians at quitting. more

It's never too late to prevent skin cancer  

The incidence of melanoma, a potentially fatal skin cancer, is increasing dramatically. It is currently the most common type of cancer in young women between the ages of 25 and 29. more

Concern over “aggressive” cholesterol recommendations

New US recommendations for lowering cholesterol levels would increase the risk of harmful side effects with no overall reduction in deaths, warn experts in this week’s BMJ. more


Sun exposure plays a significant role in the development of melanoma.