Month: November 2008

Many doctors plan to quit or cut back: survey ( 2008 )

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008 – Seventy six percent of physicians said they are working at “full capacity” or “overextended and overworked”. – More than 90 percent said the time they devote to non-clinical paperwork has increased in the last three years and 63 percent said this has caused them to spend less time with each…

Obese kids’ artery plaque similar to middle-aged adults

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008     Study highlights: • The plaque buildup in the neck arteries of obese children or those with high cholesterol is similar to levels in middle-aged adults. • Using ultrasound images, researchers equated the “vascular age” to be 45 years old in these children. • Obese children who have high triglycerides…

Evolution’s new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008   Ateam of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution. The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural…

Mandatory HPV Vaccination Is Unwarranted and Unwise

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008 Washington, D.C. – November 12, 2008 – The HPV vaccine, sold as Gardasil in the U.S., is intended to prevent four strains of the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. The vaccine also prevents against cervical cancer. While the vaccine represents a significant public health advance,…

Plastic surgeons warn of malnutrition in body contouring patients

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008     ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Identifying malnutrition before surgery in massive weight loss patients seeking body contouring will significantly decrease surgical complications, accelerate wound healing, improve scar quality and boost patient energy levels, according to a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal…

Soluble fiber, antispasmodics and peppermint oil should be used to treat IBS

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008 Effect of fiber, antispasmodics and peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome: Systematic review and meta-analysis Fibre, antispasmodics and peppermint oil are all effective therapies for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and should become first-line treatments, according to a study on bmj.com today. National guidelines on the management of IBS should be updated…

Arsenic linked to cardiovascular disease at EPA-regulated drinking water standards

Public release date: 13-Nov-2008 University of Pittsburgh mouse study published in Journal of Clinical Investigations PITTSBURGH, Nov. 13 – When mice are exposed to arsenic at federally-approved levels for drinking water, pores in liver blood vessels close, potentially leading to cardiovascular disease, say University of Pittsburgh researchers in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal…

Study helps clarify role of vitamin D in cancer therapy

Public release date: 17-Nov-2008 A colon cancer cell isn’t a lost cause. Vitamin D can tame the rogue cell by adjusting everything from its gene expression to its cytoskeleton. In the Nov. 17 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology, Ordóñez-Morán et al. show that one pathway governs the vitamin’s diverse effects. The results help…

What cures you may also ail you: Antibiotics, your gut and you

Public release date: 17-Nov-2008 – Even six months later, some types of bacteria had not managed to return to pre-treatment abundance levels We are always being told by marketers of healthy yogurts that the human gut contains a bustling community of different bacteria, both good and bad, and that this balance is vital to keeping…

Broccoli may lower lung cancer risk in smokers

Public release date: 18-Nov-2008 – Among smokers, the protective effect of cruciferous vegetable intake ranged from a 20 percent reduction in risk to a 55 percent reduction in risk depending on the type of vegetable consumed and the duration and intensity of smoking.

Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed

Public release date: 18-Nov-2008 – Without strong disclosure requirements and the attention and action of TV station personnel, viewers cannot know when the news segment they’re watching was bought and paid for by the very subjects of that “report.” Although the number of media formats and outlets has exploded in recent years, television remains the…