Volume 8 Issue 47
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Feb-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Feb-2006

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Drug-ultrasound combination increases reopening of blocked arteries after stroke

Standard clot-busting medication combined with low-energy ultrasound appears to reopen clogged arteries in stroke patients better than medication alone, a pilot study led by University of Cincinnati researchers shows. more  

Aspirin-like compound with chemo shows promise in ovarian cancer treatment

A new study using ovarian cancer cell lines shows promise in treating the deadly disease by combining the chemotherapy drug cisplatin with an aspirin-like compound to make recurrent cancer cells less resistant to the chemotherapy. more

Scientists exploring inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis make unexpected discovery that one day may lead to new treatments

What makes joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis, and related conditions like Lyme disease or lupus, so susceptible to attack by the body’s immune system, leading to painful flare-ups and deterioration? The answer may surprise you. more  

Pittsburgh researchers discover that certain chemicals in the blood may indicate brain injury

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh have found that increased levels of certain proteins in the blood or spinal fluid may signal brain injury in infants with vomiting, fussiness and several other common symptoms. more

Calcium and vitamin D supplements offer modest bone improvements, no benefits for colorectal cancer  

Calcium and vitamin D supplements in healthy postmenopausal women provide a modest benefit in preserving bone mass and prevent hip fractures in certain groups including older women but do not prevent other types of fractures or colorectal cancer, according to the results of a major clinical trial, part of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). While generally well tolerated, the supplements were associated with an increased risk of kidney stones. more

100 year history of drug regulation in the U.S.  

At the turn of the 20th century, there were no federal regulations to protect the public from dangerous drugs. "It was a menacing marketplace filled with products such as William Radam's Microbe Killer and Benjamin Bye's Soothing Balmy Oils to cure cancer," says John Swann, Ph.D., a historian at the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Md. Products like these were, at minimum, useless remedies that picked the pocket of the user, but they could also be downright harmful. more

Gender practices inhibit men from being better dads

A study published in the current issue of Family Process provides an in-depth look at fathering in families with young children and finds that the most involved fathers live outside traditional gendered roles. more


Calcium and vitamin D supplements provide a modest benefit in preserving bone mass and prevent hip fractures but do not prevent other types of fractures or colorectal cancer