News: October 2005

Sun's rays may do us good, according to Australian cancer expert

Cancer epidemiologist Prof Bruce Armstrong has suggested that a moderate amount of sunlight might help to protect people against a range of serious illnesses. He said there was growing evidence tha...

01 Oct '05 | Skin Cancer | Australia

Call for research funding to prevent pregnancy complications (USA)

U.S. State representatives and senators have received a call for more research funding to prevent pregnancy complications. This came from a Yale School of Medicine researcher at the 7th annual Wome...

02 Oct '05 | Pregnancy | CT, USA

Scientists claim that nanowires can detect molecular signs of cancer

Researchers have found that molecular markers indicating the presence of cancer in the body are readily detected in blood scanned by special arrays of silicon nanowires. This even works when the ca...

02 Oct '05 | Cancer | USA

Mental Health Research Network launched

04 Oct '05 | Mental Health Research | Bristol, England

Herpes simplex virus in the eye can trigger most common infectious cause of blindness

Researchers have found that the herpes virus does not require a round trip from the cornea into the nervous system and back to the cornea to cause the recurrent inflammatory disease known as herpes...

06 Oct '05 | Ophthalmology | USA

Researchers reveal structural basis for hereditary coproporphyria

Researchers in Texas have made useful discoveries about the structural basis for hereditary coproporphyria. Porphyrias are disorders of enzymes in the heme synthesis pathway that cause accumulation...

08 Oct '05 | Texas (USA)

AMA makes 'House Call' to south Florida encouraging seniors to get involved

The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged Congress to stop Medicare cuts and so now avert a Medicare access problem for seniors. If Congress does not take action, payments to physicians are ...

19 Oct '05 | Medicare | USA

Cannabis smoke is less likely to cause cancer than tobacco smoke

Cannabis smoke is less carcinogenic than tobacco smoke according to a review article published in the Harm Reduction Journal. Dr Melamede from the University of Colorado, USA, writes that although ...

19 Oct '05 | Smoking | USA

Asthmatic cats might be allergic to humans, say vets

Instead of pets being blamed for causing allergies and breathing problems amongst people, human lifestyles are potentially triggering asthma attacks in cats. According to vets, cigarette smoke, dus...

World leaders in cancer research to meet in Liverpool

The Fourth International Lung Cancer Molecular Biomarkers and Intervention Workshop will be held at Liverpool University Cancer Research Centre, 27-29 Oct 2005. The workshop is accredited by the In...

20 Oct '05 | Lung Cancer | Liverpool, UK

Harvard study leads to concerns about government warnings to limit consumption of fish

A comparison of the risks and benefits of fish consumption suggests that government advisories warning women of childbearing age about mercury exposure should be issued with caution. The study warn...

21 Oct '05 | Nutrition | USA

Maryland Univ receives $10M USD to study Traditional Chinese Medicine

Scientists at the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Medicine have received grants worth 10 million USD from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), to ...

23 Oct '05 | Traditional Chinese Medicine | Maryland, USA

Older Australians using cannabis for medical purposes

According to a recent study older Australians are using cannabis for medical purposes to treat a range of health problems. Chronic pain and arthritis were among the most common medical conditions f...

23 Oct '05 | Medicinal Cannabis | Australia

Dirty drugs in the fight against cancer

Research and drug development have shown that drugs with multiple targets - dirty drugs - may be better options for complex diseases like cancer, according to the editorial by Frantz, news editor f...

27 Oct '05 | Cancer Research | USA

UK & Norwegian studies of Childrens' Health & Medical Conditions

A pioneering study into children's health at Bristol University (UK) is to join forces with a similar project in Norway to share data and help scientists discover the causes of a range of medical c...

27 Oct '05 | Children's Health | UK & Norway

10 min test at the dentist helps smokers quit

After eight weeks, 23% of participants who had seen the Smokescreen test in the surgery had successfully stopped smoking compared with only 7% of the control group. The number of patients who had r...

28 Oct '05 | Smoking | Birmingham, England

Discovery of DCDC2 Gene associated with dyslexia

Pediatric researchers have identified a gene on human chromosome 6 called DCDC2, which is linked to dyslexia, a reading disability affecting millions of children and adults. They also found that a ...

29 Oct '05 | Dyslexia | USA

Don’t let SAD get you down (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD is thought to be caused by insufficient light levels during the winter and is particularly severe in the northern hemisphere in December, January and ...

30 Oct '05 | Mental Health | UK

Equine chiropractor eases racehorse pain

Chiropractic treatment offers relief to horses who may not respond to conventional treatments. Initially some horses can be quite standoffish,especially if they are in pain. However, in time they b...

30 Oct '05 | Chiropractic Treatment | Australia

Research indicates the best treatment strategy for early rheumatoid arthritis

A recent study has helped to identify the best treatment strategy for a patient newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The study compared the four most commonly prescribed treatment strategies ...

UK Gov Medical Law and Ethics Advisor to Collaborate with NZ Human Genome Project

One of the UK's foremost authorities on medical law and ethics, Professor Sheila McLean, is visiting Otago University, New Zealand, as part of her collaboration with the Human Genome Research Proje...

31 Oct '05 | Medical Ethics | New Zealand

UK Government increase funding for prostate cancer awareness

In the UK prostate cancer has overtaken lung cancer as the most common cancer diagnosed in men but people do not have as much awareness about prostate cancer as other cancers such as lung or breast...

31 Oct '05 | Prostate Cancer | UK

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