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July 13, 2010
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A breakthrough in AIDS research
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An effective vaccine against the AIDS virus may have moved one step closer to reality, researchers said. Federal researchers have identified a pair of naturally occurring antibodies that are able to kill more than 90 percent of all strains of the AIDS virus, a finding they say could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV infections and to the production of the first successful vaccine against the virus. More



Pathology groups and clinical labs prepare to deliver test results to smart phones
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With the advent of data-capable smart phones, disease management is taking a giant step forward. That has important implications for pathologists and clinical laboratory manager, who need to ensure that their medical laboratory information systems are ready for access by smart phones and other wireless devices used by clinicians. More

Short telomeres tied to cancer risk
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The first prospective population-based study to examine telomere length and subsequent cancer risk has confirmed animal data suggesting that short telomeres are associated with higher cancer risk and worse cancer survival. The study appears in JAMA. "The key message that the aging of cells may contribute to cancer manifestation and dissemination has been postulated before, based on several lines of evidence. Our study provides the first large-scale support of this notion," senior author Stefan Kiechl, MD, from the Department of Neurology at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, told Medscape Medical News. More

Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer risk
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Millions of Americans already take fish oil to keep their hearts healthy and to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. Now, a new study suggests that the supplements may also help women lower their risk of breast cancer. Postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 76 who took fish oil were 32 percent less likely to develop certain types of breast cancer than women who didn't, the study found. More

Study suggests link between HPV, skin cancer
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The ubiquitous virus linked to cervical, vaginal and throat cancers may also raise the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, a new study suggests. The risk from human papillomavirus (HPV) seen in a new study was even higher if people are taking drugs such as glucocorticoids to suppress the immune system, according to new research by an international team led by Dr. Margaret Karagas of Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H. More



Two simple tests predict kidney disease and cardiovascular risk
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With the growing incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) worldwide, the National Kidney Foundation in Germany has started a campaign to raise awareness of kidney disease among the public and physicians. Two simple tests — one to determine serum creatinine level and the other to determine urinary albumin level — might be the key to early detection and prevention of progression. More

Protein-based MRI contrast agents for molecular imaging of prostate cancer
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The purpose of this study was to demonstrate a novel protein-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that has the capability of targeting prostate cancer and which provides high-sensitivity MR imaging in tumor cells and mouse models. A fragment of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) was fused into a protein-based MRI contrast agent (ProCA1) at different regions. MR imaging was obtained in both tumor cells (PC3 and H441) and a tumor mouse model administrated with ProCA1.GRP. More

Are air pollutants linked to bowel disease risk?
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Young people who live in areas with higher levels of certain air pollutants may be more likely to have inflammatory bowel disease than those living under clearer skies, a new study suggests. Specifically, people age 23 or younger were about twice as likely to be diagnosed with Crohn's disease if they lived in a region relatively high nitrogen dioxide levels. More

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