Archive for May, 2010 – The dietary supplement CDP-choline (or “citicholine”), sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block a cascade of skull and brain damage that can result from even brief alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report. Alcohol consumption in early pregnancy increases levels […]

Traffic-related air pollution, known to raise the risk for cardiovascular disease, may also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women. Low-grade inflammation may contribute to the higher incidence of type 2 diabetes in women exposed to air pollution, according to German researchers. Published online May 27, 2010 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental […]

Women who receive one common pain drug during mastectomy – ketorolac – are less likely to develop recurrent breast cancer in the years following surgery, suggests a study in the June 2010 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). The study adds to a growing body of […] – The carcinogenic effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – ubiquitous chemicals that have hormone-like effects in the body – have been described recently by longtime environmental health researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine. In a review article published online May 25, 2010 in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, the researchers express the need for more […] – A less invasive, surgical treatment for bunions known as the Mini TightRope procedure is being used at Rush University Medical Center to correct bunions, or hallux valgus, a common, often painful deformity in which the big toe is angled in toward the smaller toes. The new procedure, developed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. George […] – Evaluating its change over time, CA-125, the protein long-recognized for predicting ovarian cancer recurrence, now shows promise as a screening tool for early-stage disease, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The findings were presented today by Karen Lu, M.D., professor in MD Anderson’s Department of Gynecologic Oncology, […]