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Articles from Vol. 124, No. 2605, October

Cancer Cells Remain after Tumor Removal
Primary tumors that arise in the brain will appear in 17,200 Americans in 1995 and kill 13,300, the American Cancer Society estimates. The most common are gliomas, which develop from the glial cells that protect and nourish neurons. The most malignant...
Cancer Treatment Options
Depending on the individual patient and the progression of cancer of the prostate, urologists and radiation oncologists and their patients can choose from three treatment options: Wait and see means what it says: Watch early cancers to see if and how...
Cartilage Care Decreases Risk
Osteoarthritis, the wear and tear of joints, is a common painful disease that strikes middle-aged and older people. More than 16,000,000 Americans, including nearly everyone over age 75, have this form of arthritis, notes Robert J. Quinet, chief of the...
Coronary Disease: Women Are at Risk Later in Life
There are two misconceptions among American women about their health risks: that heart disease is just a "middle-aged man's problem" and that their biggest health threat is cancer. Neither of these are true, say researchers at the University of Miami...
Diet and Activity Must Work Together
Americans will not meet national health goals until diet and physical activity are merged into one set of lifestyle behaviors, according to participants at a colloquium organized by The American Institute of Wine & Food. They called on the committee...
Even Young Kids Can Suffer from Depression
As recently as 20 years ago, most mental health professionals did not believe it was possible for children to experience depression. Now, although debate continues as to the exact cause, the symptoms of childhood depression are well-established. The...
Gene Defect Perils Mother and Baby
For years, physicians have been puzzled by seemingly healthy women who, in their third trimester of pregnancy suddenly are struck by swelling, severe nausea, vomiting, or jaundice. Their illness rapidly can progress to liver failure and, in some cases,...
How to Motivate Better Health
There is ample evidence that changes in lifestyle and personal habits enhances health. Programs that promote good habits and prevent disease ought to mean a healthier population, with reduced costs for medical care. However, there are obstacles to altering...
How to Survive Managed Care
Managed care is encroaching on hospitals' traditional business practices, with charge-based pricing rapidly becoming a fleeting memory, maintain Saad Allawi, Brian Klapper. and Neelesh Shah of Mercer Management Consulting, Inc. Depending on the status...
Identifying Attack Triggers
Asthma is caused by hyper-sensitive lungs that react to certain factors, or triggers. These vary widely among individuals afflicted with the condition. An important step in getting control of asthma is to identify and avoid the triggers that can cause...
Immune System May Trigger Glaucoma
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have identified a protein which leads them to believe that a common form of glaucoma may be triggered by an auto-immune disorder that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissue....
Left Hand Attached to Right Arm
In a rare surgical procedure performed only twice before in the U.S., an accident victim's left hand was attached to his right arm by plastic surgeons at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The 45-year-old patient, John Evans, was injured...
Most American Require Supplements
According to the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the National for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans derive 34% of their energy from fat, two percent from alcohol, and the remainder...
New Devices Aid Hearing Impaired
While 26,000,000 Americans have some degree of hearing loss, just 5,800,000 use hearing aids. Those who don't may fail to communicate effectively or misunderstand information because of impairments that range from mild to severe. Moreover, research has...
New Flu Vaccine Cuts Adverse Reactions
A new, genetically engineered influenza vaccine under study at Saint Louis University School of Medicine may offer protection from the flu with fewer of the minor side effects associated with licensed vaccines currently in use. Participants who received...
New Technology Will Aid Tumor Treatment
When looking into the future of cancer treatment, expect a lot of "search and destroy" technology, suggests C. Robert Bogardus, director of radiation oncology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. On the horizon are: * Radiation-tagged monoclonal...
No Cure in Sight
Research regarding long-term AIDS survivors does not mean that scientists are closer to a cure, maintains Ronald C. Kennedy, professor of microbiology and immunology. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He says that the reports merely state...
Nonsmokers Are Also at Risk
Although cigarette smokers make up the overwhelming majority of lung cancer victims, nonsmokers should be aware of signs of the potentially deadly malady as well. "Although fewer than 15% of lung cancer cases occur in persons who aren't and weren't smokers,...
Reduce Fat without Cutting Taste
It is well-documented that high-fat diets are harmful, leading to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, and possibly cancer. Yet, like any other lifestyle change, reducing fat is easier said than done. That is why the best method is to lower the fat...
Test Your Calcium IQ
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, an estimated 25,000,000 Americans of 80% them women--have osteoporosis, with brittle bones caused by bone-mass loss. How much do you know about the disease? Test your knowledge with the following quiz...
Vigorous Workouts Could Extend Life
If you walk your dog, work in the garden, go bowling, or do projects around the house just to get your body moving and your heart pumping a little, there is good news. Studies have shown that even small amounts of light physical activities like these...
Weak Muscles Lead to Bad Backs
This year, approximately 6,000,000 individuals will see a doctor because of back-related conditions, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Four out of five adults are affected at some point in their lives. The key to avoiding becoming...
Wearable Heart Pump Allows Mobility
Helping people survive until a heart transplant is available, while at the same time improving quality of life, is the goal of new research under way at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center and seven other sites nationwide. Researchers have...
Who Should Receive Hormone Therapy?
Exceedingly short children who fail to meet the technical definition of growth hormone deficiency still can benefit from treatment with a synthetic form of the hormone, according to a long-term study conducted at 10 major universities. The results suggest...
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