Archive for September, 2007

Newswise — Clostridium difficile infection is four times more likely to kill patients with inflammatory bowel disease, suggests research published ahead of print in the journal Gut. C difficile is an important cause of diarrhea among inpatients, and the numbers of new cases of the infection have been steadily increasing in recent years. The findings […]

Low-dose coronary CT angiogram and mini-dose CCTA at Cedars-Sinai are promising screening tests for non-calcified plaque that causes heart attacks. Newswise — Kathy Brown says she always thought that heart disease was for those who smoked cigarettes, drank, ate a lot of red meat, and who were overweight. The 54-year old wife of an oncologist […]

CPAP improves cardiovascular lab values and clinical indicators almost 3 times faster than statin therapy. Newswise — Researchers in Brazil have found that treating patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) dramatically reduces early indications of atherosclerosis in just months, linking OSA directly to the hardening or narrowing […]

Low in side effects, betahistine (Histalean) appetite control pill already available in Canada and Europe – increases weight loss 700 percent in women. – More than 60 percent of American women are overweight, with nearly a third falling into the category of obese and at greater risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Until […]

Kaiser Permanente – One of the largest individual studies of the effects of alcohol on the risk of breast cancer shows that it makes no difference whether a woman drinks red or white wine, beer or spirits (hard liquor). It is the alcohol itself (ethyl alcohol, or grain alcohol) and the quantity consumed that increases […]

Should Tylenol (R) have a black box warning? Consuming large amounts of caffeine while taking acetaminophen [Tylenol (R)], one of the most widely used painkillers in the United States, could potentially cause liver damage, according to a preliminary laboratory study reported in the October 15, 2007 print issue of ACS’ Chemical Research in Toxicology, a […]