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September 04, 2016
Cardioprotective drug helps prevent long-term heart damage in children receiving chemotherapy
A potent chemotherapy drug can be life saving for children with cancer, but a new review highlights how it can have long-lasting negative effects on the heart.

New research method questions traditional efficacy trial model
Traditional efficacy trials have limited relevance to everyday clinical practice and should be changed, according the authors of a new study into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatments.

New handbook by Singapore scholars on emerging terrorist threats
The terrorism threat to the Asia Pacific region is serious, imminent and on a growth trajectory, say scholars from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in the latest book titled Handbook of Terrorism in the Asia-Pacific.

Small study shows the effects of smoking on reducing calorie intake
A study presented Sept. 5, 2016, at this year's European Respiratory Society International Congress shows that smoking reduces calorie intake, possibly modulated by its effect on levels of the hormone ghrelin (also known as the hunger hormone).

Study suggests physical activity reduces anxiety and depression in patients with COPD
A study presented today Sept. 5, 2016, at this year's European Respiratory Society International Congress in London shows that increased physical activity among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) reduces their risk of anxiety or depression.

Four out of 6 great apes one step away from extinction -- IUCN Red List
The Eastern gorilla -- the largest living primate -- has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaii.

The Lancet: Whole brain radiotherapy offers little benefit to people whose lung cancer has spread to the brain, despite its widespread use
People with the most common type of lung cancer whose disease has spread to the brain could be spared potentially harmful whole brain radiotherapy, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Lung cancer patients whose tumor has spread to the brain could be spared radiotherapy
Patients with non-small cell lung cancer which has spread to the brain could be spared whole brain radiotherapy as it makes little or no difference to how long they survive and their quality of life, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded clinical trial published today in The Lancet.

Childhood BMI linked with asthma hospital admissions, but differs between men and women
Childhood body mass index (BMI) has been associated with hospital admissions for asthma in early adulthood, with overweight BMI measures increasing the risk of admission in women and underweight BMI measures increasing the risk in men.

Reduced fetal size linked to increased asthma risk and reduced lung function in children
Research presented today Sept. 5, 2016, at this year's European Respiratory Society International Congress in London shows that reduced fetal size is linked to increased asthma risk and reduced lung function in children aged 5 to 15 years.
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