Antifungal drug kills TB bug
Scientists hoping to find new treatments for one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases say drugs used to treat common fungal infections may provide the answer.
Lack of guidelines on kidney stone attacks could put travel workers and passengers at risk
Inadequate guidelines about the dangers of kidney stones could be putting travellers’ lives – and their medical insurance – at risk, according to the March issue of the urology journal BJU International. more
Study: Long legs are more efficient
Scientists have known for years that the energy cost of walking and running is related primarily to the work done by muscles to lift and move the limbs. more
Health disparities in prostate cancer stem from lack of care, not lack of knowledge
Decreasing the rates of prostate cancer among black men may require improving access to routine health care, rather than increased education about the disease, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine suggests. more
Expert centers prove cost-effective in managing ovarian cancer
A new study finds that while "expert centers" with extensive experience in managing cancer have higher overall costs, the approach is more cost-effective over time than referring patients to a less experienced medical center. Published in the April 15, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, a cost-effectiveness study of a hypothetical cohort of patients with advanced-stage ovarian cancer, performed using decision-analysis modeling, reveals that an expert center can provide significantly longer quality-adjusted survival compared to less experienced centers, leading to a lower cost per quality of life year gained.
These legs were made for fighting
Ape-like human ancestors known as australopiths maintained short legs for 2 million years because a squat physique and stance helped the males fight over access to females, a University of Utah study concludes. more
Tanning may be addictive
Despite repeated health warnings about the dangers of tanning from sunlight and artificial light sources, there are still those whose mantra “bronzed is beautiful” remains unshaken. Dermatologists have long suspected that some people may be addicted to tanning – similar to addictions to drugs or alcohol – and refuse to alter their behaviors, even knowing they have an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Now, a new study of college co-eds indicates that some people may be addicted to ultraviolet (UV) light. more
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