Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 01, 2006
Most effective antipsychotic drug has serious health consequences
Patients who take clozapine, the most effective antipsychotic drug, have significantly higher rates of metabolic syndrome, according to a first-of-a-kind study by University of Rochester Medical Center researchers.

Conservation planning loopholes threaten imperiled species, researchers say
Multispecies habitat conservation plans that permit the incidental

Gabapentin cools hot flashes as well as estrogen
University of Rochester researchers, who have been investigating new therapies for hot flashes for several years, report in the July Obstetrics and Gynecology journal that the seizure drug gabapentin is as effective as estrogen, which used to be the gold standard treatment for menopause symptoms.

Prostatic irradiation doesn't lead to any appreciable increase in rectal cancer risk
Men who receive radiation therapy for prostate cancer are not at any appreciable increased risk of developing rectal cancer compared to those not given radiation therapy, according to a new study published in the July 1, 2006, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Pomegranate juice helps keep PSA levels stable in men with prostate cancer
Drinking an eight ounce glass of pomegranate juice daily increased by nearly four times the period during which PSA levels in men treated for prostate cancer remained stable, a three-year UCLA study has found.

Survey of animal shelters says dogs fare better than cats
According to a new survey of animal shelters across Ohio, the outlook for sheltered dogs has improved considerably in the last decade.

Pomegranate juice slows PSA acceleration rate after prostate cancer surgery, radiation
Pomegranate juice packs a punch on prostate cancer that prolongs post-surgery PSA doubling time, drives down cancer cell proliferation and causes prostate cancer cells to die, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

Aspirin and other NSAIDs may not reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in long-term smokers
It is widely known that the use of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, but this protective effect may not extend to long-term smokers, according to a study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Could dental disease contribute to increased risk of stroke?
Researchers recently demonstrated an association between gum disease and the increased risk of stroke due to potential blockages of the main blood vessels leading to the brain (carotid artery).
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