Study Reveals that Nitrogen Fertilizers Deplete Soil Organic Carbon

Public release date: 29-Oct-2007 URBANA – The common practice of adding nitrogen fertilizer is believed to benefit the soil by building organic carbon, but four University of Illinois soil scientists dispute this view based on analyses of soil samples from the Morrow Plots that date back to before the current practice began. The research, also…

Tamiflu survives sewage treatment

Public release date: 2-Oct-2007 Swedish researchers have discovered that oseltamivir (Tamiflu); an antiviral drug used to prevent and mitigate influenza infections is not removed or degraded during normal sewage treatment. Consequently, in countries where Tamiflu is used at a high frequency, there is a risk that its concentration in natural waters can reach levels where…

Breast cancer chemo may damage heart

Public release date: 3-Oct-2007 Drugs called anthracyclines are a breast cancer chemo staple despite a well-known risk: They weaken some women’s hearts. What’s new is research suggesting the drugs work no better than safer alternatives for most women. It’s a controversy born of success: Treatment advances are enabling more women than ever before to beat…

Anti-depressant drugs can double risk of gastrointestinal bleeding

Public release date: 8-Oct-2007 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – New research shows that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a group of drugs commonly used to treat depression, may double the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. When the drugs are taken with aspirin and other similar pain…

Appendix isn’t useless at all: It’s a safe house for bacteria

Public release date: 8-Oct-2007 DURHAM, N.C. – Long denigrated as vestigial or useless, the appendix now appears to have a reason to be – as a “safe house” for the beneficial bacteria living in the human gut. Drawing upon a series of observations and experiments, Duke University Medical Center investigators postulate that the beneficial bacteria…

Prostate cancer therapy linked to increased risk of heart disease death

Public release date: 9-Oct-2007 The use of androgen deprivation therapy to treat localized prostate cancer is associated with an increased risk of death from heart disease, according to a study published online October 9 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Androgen deprivation therapy is frequently used to treat high-risk localized prostate cancer. Studies…