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December 29, 2004
Combining hormones with external, internal radiation helps high risk prostate cancer patients
Prostate cancer patients with high risk cancers who are treated with both internal and external radiation and hormone treatment have a better chance of beating the disease than patients treated with radiation alone, according to a new study published in the January 1, 2005, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Web-based tool to help clinicians make schizophrenia treatment decisions
A new Web-based tool will be available Jan. 1 to help clinicians determine the best medication for patients with schizophrenia.

Study explores antibiotic misuse
If a runny nose and congested chest have you thinking of antibiotics, think again.

Chip-scale magnetic sensor draws on mini clock design
A low-power, magnetic sensor about the size of a grain of rice that can detect magnetic field changes a million times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field has been demonstrated by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Flame retardant exposure linked to house dust
Common house dust may be an important source of a potentially dangerous class of chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), according to an exploratory study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Veterans in better health than other residents of nursing homes, new test for evaluating tinnitus
The current issue of JRRD includes articles that focus on the multidisciplinary field of rehabilitation medicine, including a comparison of male veterans to other male residents of community nursing homes, a description of a new test for evaluating tinnitus pitch and loudness, a molecular study of osseointegration, the effect of walking speed on gait, and a study that is the first to use physical and emotional health status to measure a person's disability.

Getting pregnant while on the pill: Yet another health hazard of being overweight
Overweight and obese women who take oral contraceptives are 60 percent to 70 percent more likely to get pregnant while on the birth-control pill, respectively, than women of lower weight.

Endoscopic sinus surgery is safe, effective in older patients
Minimally invasive surgery to alleviate the pain and pressure of sinusitis is a safe, effective therapy for geriatric patients who can't be helped by medication alone, according to new research.

Exercise combats metabolic syndrome in older adults
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have determined that in people age 55 to 75, a moderate program of physical exercise can significantly offset the potentially deadly mix of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes known as the metabolic syndrome.

Penn professor earns 2004 award from the American College of Psychiatrists
Dwight L. Evans, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has earned the 2004 Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists.

$6.7 million for bionic war on disabilities
University of Utah researchers have won about $6.7 million in federal grants to develop wireless electrodes that would be implanted to provide blind people with artificial vision and stimulate paralyzed body parts and so disabled people could walk, talk or control a computer with their thoughts.

'Clusters' of earthquakes yield an ominous scenario
The newest studies on the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest have identified a

Specialist available to discuss the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and patient quality of life
The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Questionnaire (PCOSQ) is described in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Pegaptanib provides benefit for neovascular age-related macular degeneration
Results from two concurrent, prospective, double-blind, multi-center clinical trials show that pegaptanib (Macugen), an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy, is an effective treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a paper in the Dec.

Mouse brain tumors mimic those in human genetic disorder
A recently developed mouse model of brain tumors common in the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) successfully mimics the human condition and provides unique insight into tumor development, diagnosis and treatment, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

LA BioMed Medical/Research briefs - January 2005
In this issue: Insulin, physical activity, and caloric intake in postmenopausal women: breast cancer implications; Consumer behavior in the setting of over-the-counter statin availability: lessons from the consumer use study of OTC Mevacor; and Psychiatric study for cancer patients to measure psychoactive medication.

New painkiller was born in Utah
The natural form of Prialt - a new drug for severe pain approved this week by the U.S.

Poor response to chemotherapy does not mean poor outcome for patients with rare breast cancer
Women with a rare type of advanced breast cancer who do not benefit from primary (pre-surgical) chemotherapy still have been found to do better in the long run than patients with a more common advanced breast cancer who do respond to chemotherapy. 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