Health News On 16 Oct 2007

  • Smokeless Tobacco Reduces Smoking Related Death
    About 1.1 billion people worldwide smoke. Half will die prematurely, unless they stop. But political and public health efforts to control cigarettes have been “grossly inadequate,” according to epidemiologist John Britton.
  • First Colonoscopy With Removal Of Polyps Linked To Reduction In Colon Cancer Death
    Using a model to predict reductions in death from colorectal cancer, epidemiologists and clinical researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering looked at the relative effect of an initial screening colonoscopy which clears pre-cancerous polyps from the colon versus surveillance follow-up colonoscopy.
  • Depression And Cardiovascular Disease
    Depression has long had a popular link to cardiovascular disease and death. However, only during the last 15 years scientific evidence supporting this common wisdom has been available.
  • Heart Deaths, Suicides Up After Weightloss Surgery
    Among people who have undergone so-called bariatric surgery for obesity, death rates are higher than seen among other people of the same age, new research shows.
  • Lowest-Dose Estrogen Patch Relieves Hot Flashes
    The lowest dose of estrogen available in a patch — 0.014 milligrams per day — is effective for easing menopausal hot flashes, a study show.
  • New Studies Reveal That Night-Time Acid Reflux Can Impact Sleep
    According to results of a survey presented at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, nighttime acid reflux, along with some of the less typical manifestations or symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is associated with significant sleep impairment.
  • Simple Eye Scan Opens Window To Multiple Sclerosis
    A five-minute eye exam might prove to be an inexpensive and effective way to gauge and track the debilitating neurological disease multiple sclerosis, potentially complementing costly magnetic resonance imaging to detect brain shrinkage – a characteristic of the disease’s progression.