Volume 8 Issue 314
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Nov-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Nov-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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First report that apoptotic and anti-angiogenic therapies work better together than alone

American researchers have found that giving a combination of imantanib (Glivec [1]) and a drug that induces cell death (apoptosis) was better at inhibiting the growth of Ewing's sarcoma in mice than either therapy on its own. more  

Scientists design a PSA-activated protoxin that kills prostate cancer

Scientists have found a way of using a protein made by prostate cancer to target and kill the cancer cells themselves. In preliminary studies the new therapy affected only the prostate, without causing damage to other healthy tissues, and now it is being tested in a phase I clinical trial. more

Patients respond well to first study to test higher doses of an anti-cancer drug

Researchers in the UK and the United States have found that a drug composed of an antibody carrying a highly toxic anti-cancer agent is well tolerated by patients at much higher doses than have been used before. more  

Firefighters face increased risk for certain cancers

University of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health researchers have determined that firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields. more

Mayo Clinic researchers find evidence for traumatic cause of carpal tunnel syndrome  

New Mayo Clinic research suggests that a shearing injury of the tissue that lines the tendons within the carpal tunnel may cause carpal tunnel syndrome, a debilitating condition of the wrist and hand. If validated by further research, Mayo's study comparing electron microscope images of carpal tunnel syndrome tissue with those from normal tissue could lead to earlier diagnosis and possibly better treatments for preventing or reversing carpal tunnel syndrome. more

Seven-point system gauges seriousness of heart failure in elderly  

A simple points system may soon help guide treatment of elderly heart failure patients. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that by counting how many of seven easy-to-obtain health factors a patient has, physicians can estimate the patient's risk of dying. more

Decoded sea urchin genome shows surprising relationship to man

The Sea Urchin Genome Sequencing Project (SUGSP) Consortium, led by the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM-HGSC) in Houston, announced today the decoding and analysis of the genome sequence of the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. more

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