Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment For Breast Cancer Gives Cause For Concern

A senior doctor in an editorial published today on, alerts that minimally invasive breast surgery may compromise rates of healing in favor of improved cosmetic results. Monica Morrow, chief of Breast Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, explains that when planning a breast cancer surgery, effectiveness, safety, and aesthetics need to […]

Drink a Day Increases Cancer Risk

A glass of wine each evening is enough to increase your risk of developing cancer, women are being warned. Consuming just one drink a day causes an extra 7,000 cancer cases – mostly breast cancer – in UK women each year, Cancer Research UK scientists say. The risk goes up the more you drink, whether […]

Can A Vibrating Mouse Prevent Computer-related Injuries?

A chair that undulates, a mouse that vibrates, a monitor suspended over a desk on a movable arm. These are some of the kinds of newfangled ergonomic products that Alan Hedge, international authority on office ergonomics, studies to see if they can prevent repetitive motion injuries among the estimated 100 million people who now use […]

Gene Neighbors May Have Taken Turns Battling Retroviruses

A cluster of antiviral genes in humans has likely battled retroviral invasions for millions of years. New research by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center now finds that in addition to the previously identified TRIM5 gene that can defend against retroviruses like HIV, a related gene right next door, called TRIM22, may have participated […]

Lifestyle And Cancer Prevention: Making Choices That Change Cancer Risk

How do the lifestyle choices we make affect our chances of developing cancer? Today, at the American Association for Cancer Research’s Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, being held from December 5 to 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, researchers will present some answers to questions regarding daily decisions in diet, exercise, smoking […]

New Studies Find Smoking Cessation Rates Double With Counselling And Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy

According to two new studies in the December issue of Tobacco Control, a peer-reviewed publication of the British Medical Journal, increasing the level of smoking cessation helplines and offering free nicotine patches are a successful and cost-effective way to reduce smoking rates. Both studies were conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente’s Centref or Health Research […]

Scientists Identify Gene Responsible For Statin-induced Muscle Pain

Statins, the popular class of drugs used to lower cholesterol, are among the most commonly prescribed medications in developed countries. But for some patients, accompanying side effects of muscle weakness and pain become chronic problems and, in rare cases, can escalate to debilitating and even life-threatening damage. Now a study led by investigators at Beth […]

AVANT’s Partner, GlaxoSmithKline, Show That Rotarix(R) Provides Sustained And Broad Protection The First Two Years Of Life

AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAN) announced that new data from a large European clinical trial, published Friday in The Lancet, shows that AVANT’s partner, GlaxoSmithKline’s, Rotarix┬« rotavirus vaccine to be effective against the five most commonly circulating rotavirus types (G1, G2, G3, G4 ad G9). These virus types are responsible for more than 98% of […]

NICE Publishes Guidance On EZETROL (Ezetimibe) For The Treatment Of Adults With Primary Hypercholesterolemia, UK

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published Guidance recommending that adding EZETROL(R) (ezetimibe) to initial statin therapy is a treatment option for patients whose cholesterol is not appropriately controlled on the initial statin, after appropriate dose titration (according to national targets), when consideration is being given to changing from initial statin […]

PETRA III Brilliant Perspectives

Yesterday, 26-Nov-2007, DESY celebrated the topping-out ceremony for the experimental hall of PETRA III — the new source of especially brilliant X-ray light in Hamburg. On occasion of the structural completion of the building, German Research Minister Dr. Annette Schavan and Hamburg’s First Mayor Ole von Beust visited the Helmholtz research centre DESY. Its new […]