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Dental Appliance Beats Surgery for Sleep Apnea

Wed Mar 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A dental appliance worn at night appears to be more successful in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) than surgery, according to a study conducted in Sweden.

People with OSA stop breathing dozens of times each night, causing them to gasp for breath. The condition is conservatively estimated to affect up to 4% of middle-aged Americans, and is particularly common among obese people.

Women with Diabetes at Risk for Sexual Problems

Wed Mar 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with type 1 diabetes maybe more likely to experience certain sexual problems than their healthy peers, researchers report.

Unlike the far more common type 2 diabetes, type 1 usually is diagnosed in childhood and involves anaberrant immune system attack on the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

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New Target for Gastrointestinal Cancers Found

Wed Mar 27,

By Emma Hitt, PhD

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Two preliminary studies may have identified a new target for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, such as colon and esophageal cancer.

Coincidentally, this target is the same molecule activated by a bacterial toxin that causes diarrhea, suggesting a way to prevent diarrhea, researchers say. In fact, they note, the toxin that causes diarrhea could eventually be put to use as a cancer therapy.

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Delayed Delivery Can Save the Life of Twin

Wed Mar 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prolonging the delivery of a second-born twin by several weeks after the other twin has died in utero can benefit the surviving baby without harming the mother, a small study reports.

In the study, a second twin was born in five out of six cases in which delayed-interval delivery was used. The second twins were delivered 23 to 153 days after the loss of the first.

Rate of Labor Induction in U.S. Doubled During 1990s

Wed Mar 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The percentage of pregnant women who had their labor induced doubled during the last decade, study findings show.

Inducing labor, which involves giving a woman drugs or hormones inorder to bring on contractions, is recommended for pregnancies that exceed 42 weeks, or if the mother's or baby's health is at risk. A pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks, and gestation for longer than 42 weeks is known to be risky for the fetus.

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Many with Migraine May Miss Out on Pain Relief

Mon Mar 25, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About 13% of US adults experience migraine pain, but only half are being treated by a physician for the condition and even fewer use prescription medications to control migraine pain, according to a report.

Coffee Drinking Not Linked to Chronic Hypertension

Mon Mar 25, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking at least a cup of coffee a day may cause a short-term spike in blood pressure, but it is unlikely to lead to chronic hypertension, researchers report.

"Coffee drinking did appear to have a small, long-term effect on blood pressure, but it did not materially raise the risk of developing hypertension," lead author Dr. Michael J. Klag, director of the division of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, told Reuters Health.

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Vitamin E Fights Arthritis-Like Damage in Mice

Fri Mar 29, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - French scientists have found that vitamin E can reduce joint destruction in mice with a rheumatoid arthritis-like condition--suggesting, they say, that the vitamin should be studied as a potential therapy for the human disease.

The vitamin did not help the symptoms of the disease in mice, but it did prevent some breakdown in the animals' joints, according to researchers led by Dr. Michel De Bandt, of the Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Xavier Bichat in Paris.

Low Iron in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Skills

Fri Mar 29, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children deprived of iron in the womb may lag behind their peers in terms of language and motor skills by the time they enter school, researchers report.

The study "supports the findings by many researchers that adequate iron nutritional status is important for normal brain development," according to Dr. Tsunenobu Tamura and colleagues from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Vitamins C, E May Aid Heart Transplant Patients

Fri Mar 29, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The antioxidant vitamins C and E might help slow artery disease in patients who have recently had a heart transplant, results of a small study suggest.

Coronary arteriosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of heart arteries, commonly develops in the few years after a heart transplant. As methods of preventing organ rejection have improved, the longer-range complication of arteriosclerosis in these patients has taken on more importance, according to the authors of the new study.