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Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Intestinal Bacteria

Tue Mar 26, 2002

By Drex Earle

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Certain types of intestinal bacteria could be linked to the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the results of a new study.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks joint tissues, leading to damage in many parts of the body, including bone, cartilage and various internal organs. The disease can cause severe disabilities, particularly in older people, and its exact causes are still not known.

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Australia Cancer Patient Asks for Help to Die

Tue Mar 26, 2002

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian bowel cancer patient who has chronicled her physical disintegration on the Internet says the time has come for her to end her life.

Nancy Crick, 70, who has lost almost all her teeth, weighs just 27 kg (60 pounds) and spends all night over the toilet bowl dealing with chronic vomiting and diarrhoea, appealed on Monday for somebody to give her a drug that would kill her painlessly.

FDA Issues Warning on Kava-Containing Supplements

Tue Mar 26, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Following in the footsteps of Australia, Canada and several European nations, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned American consumers on Monday against the use of products containing kava, a herbal ingredient most often promoted for relaxation and the alleviation of sleeplessness.

The FDA said it was issuing the warning because kava has been associated with liver-related injuries in the US and several other countries, including Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Psychosis with Alzheimer's May Run in Families

Mon Mar 25, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people with Alzheimer's disease also have psychotic symptoms, and a recent study shows Alzheimer's patients whose siblings have both disorders are more likely to exhibit psychosis, as well.

"This paper may be the strongest evidence to date that psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's disease have a distinct biologic basis, with unique genetic underpinnings," said lead author Dr. Robert A. Sweet of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Birth Control Pill Raises Cancer Risk in Virus-Infected Women

Tue Mar 26, 2002

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Long-term use of oral contraceptives increases the risk of cancer of the cervix up to fourfold in women infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to study findings released by The Lancet on Tuesday.

HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that often goes away on its own. But infection with certain HPV strains is linked to an increased risk of cervical cancer.

Birth Control Pill Raises Cancer Risk in Virus-Infected Women

Tue Mar 26, 2002

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Long-term use of oral contraceptives increases the risk of cancer of the cervix up to fourfold in women infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to study findings released by The Lancet on Tuesday.

HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that often goes away on its own. But infection with certain HPV strains is linked to an increased risk of cervical cancer.

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Mycoplasmas chameleon-like microbes may be causing your chronic or autoimmune disorder

by Institute of Health Sciences, L.L.C.

Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lou Gehrig's disease, and lupus are insidious diseases that have stymied mainstream medicine for over a century. But growing research into stealth-like microbes may hold the key to offering patients the hope they've been searching for. These microbes now appear to be a common link among chronic and autoimmune disorders.