Volume 8 Issue 86
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Mar-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Mar-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Prostate treatment decisions based on perception more than fact

In diverse ecosystems, packed with wildly different species, evolution whizzes along. As different species accumulate mutations, some adapt particularly well to their environment and prosper. It happens in marine sediments, mountain forests and, as a new study illustrates, in precancerous tumors, too. more  

Weight training benefits mind and body of breast cancer survivors

Weight training significantly improves the quality of life of women recently treated for breast cancer, according to a new study. Published in the May 1, 2006 issue of CANCER, the study indicates six months of twice weekly exercise that improved strength and body composition was enough to result in improvements in the overall physical and emotional condition of the patients. This is the first randomized trial to study the effects of weight training on quality of life in breast cancer patients. more

Older people with stronger cognitive skills walk at a safer pace

Psychologists wanting to help old people safely cross the street and otherwise ambulate around this busy world have found that from age 70 and up, safe walking may require solid "executive control" (which includes attention) and memory skills. For the old, slow gait is a significant risk factor for falls, many of which result in disabling fractures, loss of independence or even death. The finding may help explain why cognitive problems in old age, including dementia, are associated with falls. Cognitive tests could help doctors assess risk for falls; conversely, slow gait could alert them to check for cognitive impairment. more  

Managing migraines

Flying overseas to wine and dine clients may sound like a glamour job, but Terri Burchfield didn't feel very glamorous when her head was throbbing and she was running to the bathroom to throw up. I was expected to go to dinner with associates and clients, says the 41-year-old McLean, Va., resident and former Wall Street investment banker. I was in such pain and so nauseous. The last thing I wanted to do was eat and converse for hours with important clients. But I had no choice, I just had to get through it. more

AIDS, TB, malaria and bird flu spread unchecked in Burma 

Government policies in Burma that restrict public health and humanitarian aid have created an environment where AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria and bird flu (H5N1) are spreading unchecked. more

Prescription sleep aids not always best for insomniacs  

Studies show that many Americans are struggling to get a good night's sleep, and an increasing number of those people are turning to fast-acting prescription sleep aids. more

Questions over accuracy of MRI in diagnosing multiple sclerosis

The accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not sufficient to rule in or rule out a diagnosis of MS with a high degree of certainty, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. more


Cognition: The key to better walking?