Health News On 06 Oct 2007

  • Appendix May Produce Good Bacteria, Researchers Think
    Some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut.
  • Double Cardiovascular Benefit For People With Chronic Kidney Disease
    New research, published today in the Journal of American Society of Nephrology by The George Institute for International Health in Sydney, has found that lowering blood pressure protects stroke victims with Chronic Kidney Disease from further strokes or heart attacks.
  • DNA Test Could Detect Cervical Cancer Early
    A DNA test for the virus that causes cervical cancer helps detect potentially dangerous lesions earlier than the commonly used pap smear technique, Dutch researchers said on Thursday.
  • Heart Attacks May Occur In Adolescents Without Heart Abnormalities
    Heart attacks (myocardial infarctions) can occur in adolescents without heart abnormalities, according to a new study.
  • Cause Of Ulcerative Colitis Found To Be A Deficiency In Immune System
    In a series of mouse experiments, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have pinpointed a specific immune deficiency as the likely fundamental cause of ulcerative colitis, a chronic, sometimes severe inflammatory disease of the colon or large intestine that afflicts half a million Americans.
  • About Two-Thirds Of HIV-Positive People In U.S. Overweight, Obese, Study Says
    About two-thirds of HIV-positive people in the U.S. might be overweight or obese, “mirroring” the total U.S. population, according to a study released Thursday at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in San Diego, the AP/Los Angeles Times reports.
  • Fewer Early Infections Don’t Mean More Allergies
    The idea that an increase in allergies and asthma is a result of a reduction in childhood infections seems not to hold up, researchers report.
  • Belly Fat, Weight Cycling Ups Kidney Cancer Risk
    Postmenopausal women who are overweight or obese appear to have a greater risk of developing, renal cell carcinoma, a common form of kidney cancer, and study findings suggest that a larger waist girth and a history of weight loss and regain further increase this risk.