Drug found better at suppressing hep B virus
January 3, 2008 08:48 AM - Reuters

Two international studies of a new drug, telbivudine, have produced potentially good news for hepatitis B patients, showing that it suppresses the virus that damages the liver faster and better than other treatments. Chronically infected people are at high risk of death from cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer, diseases that kill about one million people a year, the World Health Organization says.

Israel investigates suspected bird flu in chickens
January 3, 2008 07:42 AM - Reuters

"The H5 bird flu strain has been found in the fowl," the Health Ministry said in a statement, referring to 18 dead chickens found in the kindergarten, which was ordered closed for two days.

Chronic inflammation not linked to ovarian cancer
January 2, 2008 02:24 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a study published in the International Journal of Cancer suggest that most factors that may cause inflammation of the ovaries are not associated with a statistically significant increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Racial gap in ER opioid use still persists
January 2, 2008 01:55 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Since national quality improvement initiatives were introduced in the United States in the late 1990s, use of opioid painkillers in the emergency room (ER) setting for pain-related visits has increased, new research shows. However, white patients continue to be treated more often with these pain-relievers than patients of other racial groups.

Nonfat milk linked to prostate cancer
January 2, 2008 01:50 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of calcium and vitamin D in the diet appears to have little or no impact on the risk of prostate cancer, but the consumption of low-fat or nonfat milk may increase the risk of the malignancy, according to the results of two studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Study sheds light on how Down's prevents cancer
January 2, 2008 01:26 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People with Down's syndrome suffer cancer less than most other people and a study in mice published on Wednesday gives one possible explanation -- they produce higher levels of a certain protein. The protein may keep tumors from growing, and this finding may help in the development of new cancer drugs, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reported.

Study links ovarian cancer survival to gene change
January 2, 2008 10:55 AM - Reuters

Ashkenazi Jewish women who had changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes were 28 percent less likely to die from the disease over a follow-up period of up to nine years during the study even though such mutations increase the chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer in the first place, the researchers said.

Helium Supplies Endangered, Threatening Science And Technology
January 2, 2008 10:50 AM - Washington University in St. Louis.

The element that lifts things like balloons, spirits and voice ranges is being depleted so rapidly in the world's largest reserve, outside of Amarillo, Texas, that supplies are expected to be depleted there within the next eight years. This deflates more than the Goodyear blimp and party favors. Its larger impact is on science and technology, according to Lee Sobotka, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Colon cancer risk traced to common ancestor
January 2, 2008 08:50 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A married couple who sailed to America from England around 1630 are the reason why thousands of people in the United States are at higher risk of a hereditary form of colon cancer, researchers said on Wednesday. Using a genetic fingerprint, a U.S. team traced back a so-called founder genetic mutation to the couple found among two large families currently living in Utah and New York.

Silence may lead to phantom noises misinterpreted as tinnitus
January 1, 2008 10:10 PM -

Brazil - Phantom noises, that mimic ringing in the ears associated with tinnitus, can be experienced by people with normal hearing in quiet situations, according to new research published in the January 2008 edition of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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