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Plant Compounds May Curb Pancreatic Cancer Growth

Tue Apr 16, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several studies have shown that a group of antioxidant compounds found in grapes, green tea, soybeans and wine may lower the risk of a range of cancers, but exactly how these powerful compounds work has remained unclear.

OxyContin Painkiller Linked to More Than 400 Deaths

Tue Apr 16, 2002

By Ori Twersky

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) -The controversial Purdue Pharma painkiller OxyContin has been implicated as the direct cause or main contributing factor in 146 deaths and a likely contributor in an additional 318 deaths, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Previously, the DEA estimated that the painkiller was associated with 282 deaths from diversion and overdose.

Acupuncture May Up Chance of Test-Tube Pregnancy

Tue Apr 16, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more likely to become pregnant if they incorporate acupuncture into their treatment, preliminary study findings suggest.

IVF involves harvesting a woman's eggs, which are then fertilized with a man's sperm in the laboratory. The resulting embryos are transferred into the uterus.

Red Meat Gene Linked with Prostate Cancer

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gene involved in digesting red meat is also highly active in cells taken from prostate cancer tumors--a finding that could lead to new dietary and chemical treatments to prevent the disease, researchers said on Wednesday.

Cells removed from prostate tumors showed a nine-fold increase in activity by a gene called AMACR as compared to healthy cells, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.

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Parent's Depression Ups Kid's Risk of Anxiety

Wed Apr 17, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having at least one parent with major depression increases a child's risk for depression as well as substance abuse and anxiety disorders in late adolescence and early adulthood, new study findings show. What's more, the child's depression is likely to be more severe than the parent's, a team of German researchers report.

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Brain Cells Killed During Binge Drinking Episodes

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A few days of binge drinking can lead to the almost immediate death of brain cells, new research conducted in laboratory animals confirms.

"Very high alcohol consumption, even for a short period of time, damages the brain," study lead author Dr. Fulton T. Crews, professor of pharmacology and director of the center for alcohol studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told Reuters Health.

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Light Therapy May Lift Depression During Pregnancy

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bright-light therapy may be an effective treatment for depression in pregnant women, Yale researchers report.

"The availability of an easy-to-use, potentially non-toxic antidepressant--light therapy-- in pregnancy is a clinically attractive option," lead author Dr. Dan Oren, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, told Reuters Health.

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Teens' Self-Esteem Linked to Virginity Loss

Thu Apr 18, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-esteem appears to be linked to when young teens lose their virginity, new study findings suggest. And self-esteem seemed to play a different role for each gender. While girls with higher self-esteem were less likely to have sex early, the researchers found, the opposite was true for boys.

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HIV to Hit 30% of S.Africa Workers by 2005

Thu Apr 18, 2002

By Andile Ntingi

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Almost a quarter of South Africa's workforce is already infected with HIV/AIDS and the figure will rise to nearly 30% by 2005, a labour consultancy said in a report on Thursday.

South Africa has more people living with HIV-AIDS than any other country in the world, with one in nine people infected with HIV.

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