Volume 9 Issue 108
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Apr-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Green tea may help prevent autoimmune diseases

Green tea may help protect against autoimmune disease, Medical College of Georgia researchers say. more  

Test potential to identify breast cancer patients who will react badly to radiotherapy

Medical scientists at the University of Leicester have announced a potentially unique advance in breast cancer research by identifying two genes associated with adverse reaction to cancer treatment. more

OHSU lab finds meth receptor that could lead to therapy

A recently discovered signaling system in the brain has just been shown to be turned on by methamphetamine, an Oregon Health & Science University study found. more  

Breast cancer incidence continues to trend low in 2004; decline supports role of HRT

An extended analysis of cancer rates reinforces a strong association between use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and increased breast cancer incidence, according to research led by scientists at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and published in the April 19th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. more

Predicting the spread of avian flu  

The 2003 epidemic of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the Netherlands is the only recent epidemic of HPAI in the developed world. Gert-Jan Boender and colleagues have examined the data from this outbreak and produced a model which can predict the probability of infection from one farm to another; the 'transmission kernel'. They also identify high-risk areas in the Netherlands and analyze various control strategies, concluding that in these regions an epidemic can only be brought to an end by massive culling of susceptible farms. more

Researchers find that childhood sarcoma increases risk of blood clots  

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have determined that children and young adults with a form of cancer called sarcoma are at increased risk of having a thromboembolic event (TE) in their veins. Thromboembolic events involve a blood clot in a vessel that can interfere with normal blood flow. Clots can sometimes breaks loose and travels through the blood stream to form new clots at locations in the body where they can be life-threatening. TEs are almost always treatable if detected early. Investigating the association between sarcoma and TE is important because the majority of children with sarcoma can be cured of their cancer, but the occurrence of TEs could adversely compromise this success. more

Most physicians believe diabetes patients are not receiving appropriate care for diabetic nerve pain

Results from a new survey of more than 600 physicians who treat diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, or diabetic nerve pain, reveal that nearly all (97 percent) believe that the condition is often misdiagnosed. Overall, findings from the survey, sponsored by the National Pain Foundation (NPF) and Eli Lilly and Company, suggest that more effective communication is needed to ensure proper care for diabetic nerve pain. more

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