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Coffee may protect against oral, pharyngeal and esophageal cancer

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In the general population of Japan, coffee consumption is related to a lower risk of cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx and esophagus, new research indicates. Such an association “has been...

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High systolic pressure a positive sign in chronic heart failure

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with chronic heart failure, higher systolic blood pressures paradoxically predict better survival, according to researchers in the UK. Writing in the January issue of Heart, Dr. Claire E. Raphael and...

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Chorionic villus sampling may raise hemangioma risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A review of published studies suggests that chorionic villus sampling (CVS) for prenatal diagnosis may be associated with an increased risk of infantile hemangioma and possibly limb defects. In the December issue of...

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Postop calcium supplementation unnecessary for many thyroidectomy patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Based on postoperative levels of parathyroid hormone and serum calcium, more than half of patients undergoing thyroidectomy do not need routine calcium and/or vitamin D supplements, according to the results of a retrospective...

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Bovine lactoferrin prevents invasive fungal infections in VLBW newborns

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) The incidence of invasive fungal infections in very low birthweight neonates is significantly reduced in those given prophylactic bovine lactoferrin, an Italian group reports in the January issue of Pediatrics, online December...

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Gain in life expectancy seen with antihypertensive therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Every month of treatment for hypertension leads to almost one extra day of life free from cardiovascular death, researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association for December 21. “Reporting that each...

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Stem cells preserve cardiac structure and function in porcine model of acute MI

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – German investigators report in Heart that intramyocardial transfer of cord blood-derived stem cells improves left-ventricular function and prevents scar formation in a porcine model of acute MI. Senior author Dr....

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WBC, serum sodium aid diagnosis of necrotizing soft tissue infection

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Clinicians report in The American Journal of Surgery that a high white blood cell count or low serum sodium level can help diagnose necrotizing soft tissue infection (NSTI) in suspected cases where classic physical signs...

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REM sleep behavior disorder – harbinger of neurodegenerative disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than half of patients with an idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder develop a neurodegenerative disease within 12 years of being diagnosed; according to a report in Neurology. Dr. Ronald Postuma at McGill...

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Lupus affects the brain very early in the disease

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Results of an MRI study suggest that the brain may be affected very early in the course of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), “even before the clinical diagnosis of SLE is made,”...