Epilepsy Drug Linked to Risk of Liver Disease
Wed May 26, 2004 05:22 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a small study confirm previous findings that treatment with the anti-epilepsy drug valproate tends to increase body weight. The results also show that patients treated with the drug appear to have an increased risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Epilepsy Drug Linked to Risk of Liver Disease
Try Supplementing with Selenium if You Want to Avoid Age Spots
Source: PR Newswire
LONDON, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't wait for yet another age spot to appear on your hands, face or neck as the summer sun wanes into Autumn this year. Research indicates that you can help to protect your skin from these unsightly brown spots - the result of a life time's accumulation of sun damage - by taking supplements such as selenium and vitamins A and E.
Intake of selenium in the UK has halved in the last 50 years and incidence of skin cancer has risen. Research by Dr Roddie McKenzie at the University of Edinburgh suggests that the most protective effects of taking selenium occur in people short of this vital trace element, which is most of us!
Zinc Speeds Pneumonia Recovery in Kids
Saturday May 22, 2004 (0340 PST)
Source: Pak Tribune
ISLAMABAD, May 23 (Online): Treatment with zinc seems to accelerate recovery from severe pneumonia in children who live in areas where zinc deficiency is common, according to a recent study. Zinc is used in Bangladesh to treat diarrhea and to prevent pneumonia, Dr. W. Abdullah Brooks, at the Center for Health and Population Research in Dhaka, and colleagues note in their report in the medical journal The Lancet.
Smoking is healthy for your arteries!
London | May 26, 2004 2:59:04 PM IST
A University of Vienna study has revealed that even a deadly habit like smoking can actually be healthy for your arteries.
It might seem to be an unusual paradox, but smoking cigarettes does help arteries to stay open following a procedure to repair clogged blood vessels in the legs, the study claims.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 6, 1029-1036, June 2004
© 2004 American Society for Clinical Nutrition
ORIGINAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
Low antioxidant vitamin intakes are associated with increases in adverse effects of chemotherapy in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia1,2,3
Deborah D Kennedy1, Katherine L Tucker1, Elena D Ladas1, Susan R Rheingold1, Jeffrey Blumberg1 and Kara M Kelly1
1 From the Division of Pediatric Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York (DDK, EDL, and KMK); the Division of Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (SRR); and the US Department of Agriculture Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging ((KLT and JB) and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (DDK, KLT, and JB) at Tufts University, Boston
Study: Mouth Bacteria May Defend Against AIDS Virus
Tue May 25, 2004 03:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bacteria in the mouth can latch onto the AIDS virus and prevent it from infecting cells -- which could help protect infants from catching the deadly virus from their mothers, researchers reported on Tuesday.
Two strains of Lactobacillus bacteria can hook onto HIV and stop it from getting into cells. The bacteria also cause immune cells to clump, which could be used to stop HIV-infected cells from infecting other cells, the researchers told a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.
When advocates become regulators
President Bush has installed more than 100 top officials who were once lobbyists, attorneys or spokespeople for the industries they oversee.
By Anne C. Mulkern
Denver Post Staff Writer
Post / Linda Shapley / AP
Washington - In a New York City ballroom days before Christmas, a powerful Bush administration lawyer made an unprecedented offer to drug companies, one likely to protect their profits and potentially hurt consumers.
Daniel E. Troy, lead counsel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, extended the government's help in torpedoing certain lawsuits. Among Troy's targets: claims that medications caused devastating and unexpected side effects.
Parents want truth about aids baby
By Judy Ogutu
Source: East African Standard
An Aids-free couple is demanding to know how their baby could have died of an HIV-related illness.
Since the death of Baby Ann Mumbi a year ago, anguished parents Charles Ndung’u Nderitu, 33, and Eunice Wangui, 24, have been searching for answers.
And yesterday, they were allowed by a Nairobi court to exhume the body for a DNA test — which will establish whether in fact that was their baby at all — before they start to find out how she was infected.
Collusion Seen After Release of Flawed Vaccine-Autism Report
Tuesday May 25, 10:02 am ET
Office of Special Counsel and SafeMinds Investigations Find Multiple Concerns...Congress Notified
WASHINGTON, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeMinds -- America's leading scientific organization investigating the risks that mercury-containing medical products pose to our children-has posted the results of an investigative analysis of several authors relied upon for the flawed Institute of Medicine (IOM) report issued last week attempting to purport a lack of evidence to the mercury-vaccine-autism link.
"Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest is an essential tenet to good science," stated Sallie Bernard, executive director of SafeMinds, "but here we have a situation where authors of 'studies' are probably quite literally writing to preserve their jobs."
Judge finds scant evidence for military anthrax vaccine
By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post | May 26, 2004
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge said yesterday he had significant doubts about whether the federal government has enough scientific evidence to show that the anthrax vaccine required for military personnel is either safe or effective.
US District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who will decide in coming weeks whether to halt the Defense Department's mandatory anthrax inoculations, also criticized the government's review of the vaccine as ''one of the most jumbled, confusing" processes he had ever seen.