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August 19, 2003
Other highlights in the August 20 issue of JNCI
Other highlights of the August 20 issue of JNCI include three articles on body mass index and risk of cancer, a study of Finnish immigrants suggesting that risk of testicular cancer may be determined early in life, a study reexamining the role of a carcinogen-activating enzyme in bladder cancer, and an analysis that doubles previous percentage estimates of hereditary adrenal gland tumors.

Disease-causing genetic mutations in sperm increase with men's age
There's a lot said about a woman's ticking biological clock, but male biology doesn't age as gracefully as men might like to think.

Obese individuals may be more susceptible to altitude sickness, researchers report
Obese individuals traveling to a high-altitude destination should take extra precautions, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine.

Sept. GSA bulletin media highlights
The September issue of the GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN includes a number of potentially newsworthy items.

Ketogenic diet raises cholesterol, lipid levels in children
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that the rigorously high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet known as the ketogenic diet, shown to reduce or eliminate difficult-to-control seizures in children with epilepsy, significantly raised children's cholesterol and levels of lipids and lipoproteins in the blood.

Bechtel Foundation donates $300,000 for Atomic Testing Museum
In a ceremony today in the lobby of the recently completed Frank H.

New study rebuts claims about Icelandic genetic heterogeneity
Please find below a press release from the journal Annals of Human Genetics.

St. Jude Medical announces publication of results of its ADOPT-A trial
The results of the ADOPT-A clinical trial are being published in the Aug.

Study examines limited-field radiation for early breast cancer
Data from a five-year study suggests that limited-field radiation therapy (radiation directed at the tumor site) may be as effective as whole-breast radiation therapy in preventing breast cancer recurrence in women treated with breast-conserving surgery.

Estrogen found as link between obesity and breast cancer in postmenopausal women
Researchers have known that obesity is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but a new study now explains why.

ESA sees stardust storms heading for Solar System
Until ten years ago, most astronomers did not believe stardust could enter our Solar System.

Obesity, depression team up to increase heart-endangering inflammation
Obesity and depression may work together to provoke the chronic low-level inflammation associated with atherosclerosis and increased risk of heart disease, according to a new report in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

New generation of smallpox vaccines to be tested at Saint Louis University
Two new investigational smallpox vaccines will be studied as part of a clinical trial starting soon at Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development.

Field Museum archaeologists discover tomb under Zapotec residential complex in Oaxaca, Mexico
High on a hilltop terrace in Oaxaca, Mexico, a team of Field Museum archaeologists discovered a 1,500-year-old subfloor tomb while excavating a palace-like residence.

Physicians and patients rarely discuss costs
Patients and physicians agree that discussion of out-of-pocket costs is important.

Borneo elephants: A high priority for conservation
With scant fossil evidence supporting a prehistoric presence, scientists could not say for sure where Borneo's elephants came from.

Deadly 'Drug Corner' moves to your computer
If you are hunting for illegal drugs, you don't have to leave your computer desk to find them.

News from the 11th Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association
This news release includes summaries of the latest research on Alzheimer's and other mental health issues in the elderly.

Telomere length may be associated with risk of smoking-related cancers
People with short telomeres, as measured in white blood cells, appear to be at an increased risk for certain cancers, according to a study in the August 20 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study found that, compared with people with longer telomeres, people with shorter telomeres had a higher risk for bladder, head and neck, lung, and renal cell cancers--cancers that are associated with cigarette smoking.

UCI researchers identify link between infant seizures
A new UC Irvine College of Medicine study has identified why infants who suffer prolonged fever-induced seizures are more susceptible to further seizures and epilepsy as adults. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to