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Spinal Cord Stimulation Offers Pain Relief

Thursday April 19, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Spinal cord stimulation--sending small electrical pulses into the spine--offers relief for a variety of painful conditions, researchers report.

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been used for decades to treat chronic pain, but few studies have analyzed its effectiveness for other types of pain, according to Dr. Seong Kim from Yeungnam University in Taegu, Korea and colleagues.

Red wine could help treat Aids and cancer

Red wine could help treat Aids and cancer

Roger Highfield in Bordeaux

April 20, 2001

RED wine could provide the inspiration for new ways to treat Aids, sleeping sickness, heart disease and cancer, and even to rejuvenate blood and skin, experts told the first symposium on blood and wine yesterday.

Scientists from a range of disciplines assembled to discuss the health benefits at the University Victor Segalen in Bordeaux, home of famous appellations such as Pomerol, St Emilion, Medoc and Graves.

Parent Support Helps Teen Sex Abstinence Program

By Melissa Schorr

Thursday April 19, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A curriculum advocating sexual abstinence for high-school students appears to be more effective if adolescents complete homework exercises with their parents, researchers report.


Stress Does Not Speed Breast Cancer Death: Study

Thursday April 19, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although severe stress can erode health, women with breast cancer need not fear that stressful events prior to their diagnosis will cut their odds of surviving the disease, new research suggests. Investigators say the findings should reassure women living with breast cancer.


False Positive Mammograms Raise Health Care Use

By Suzanne Rostler

Thursday April 19, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening mammograms that indicate cancer but turn out to be untrue upon followup can lead to an increase in women's use of medical services in the year following the test, study findings suggest.


More Women in Studies, But Data Still Lacking

April 19, 2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - More women may be participating in clinical trials, but there is still little gender-specific information coming out of those studies, consumer advocates complained to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on Wednesday.

Out of the frying pan...

From New Scientist magazine

April 21, 2001

by Nicola Jones

GENDER-BENDING chemicals that mimic the effect of oestrogen are common in sunscreens, warns a team of Swiss researchers who have found that they trigger developmental abnormalities in rats. "We need to do more tests to see how they might be affecting people," says Margaret Schlumpf from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.