Monday April 23, 2001
By Anne Harding
By Anne Harding
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two brain imaging methods appear to be able to help doctors distinguish Alzheimer's disease from other kinds of dementia, which might lead to better diagnosis of the memory-robbing illness.
It is difficult to tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, especially early in the course of the disease, according to Dr. Nick Fox and associates from The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.
LONDON (Reuters Health) - A new memory test developed at Cambridge University can detect early stages of Alzheimer's disease in as little as 10 minutes, researchers report.
Using images flashed up on a computer screen, the test probes episodic memory, which is lost in the early stages of the degenerative brain disorder.
According to the report, women who drank tap water that contained levels of nitrates below the maximum level of 10 milligrams (mg) per liter set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were still nearly three times more likely to develop bladder cancer compared with women who consumed much lower levels of the contaminate.
DANA POINT (Reuters Health) - Screening mammography reduces breast cancer deaths by 63%, double the effect usually cited, according to a study presented here Monday at the American Cancer Society Science Writers Seminar.
The new figures strengthen the case for comprehensive mammography screening, according to Dr. Robert Smith, of the American Cancer Society.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies have suggested that stress can be harmful for people with heart disease, but a new report finds that it may actually triple their risk of death.
The researchers said their study is the largest to date to investigate the relationship between stress response and mortality in heart patients. Other studies have found that stress can contribute to heart attacks.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many parents will be relieved to learn that food allergy-related deaths in children are much more rare than they might have thought, according to the results of a study.
While fears of peanut allergies have garnered much attention in the media, the study conducted in the UK found that no young children died as a result of a peanut allergy between 1990 and 2000. However, peanut-related deaths did occur in two older children in that country--one 13-year-old and one 15-year-old.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday released the final report of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy without fanfare, simply posting the recommendations on the Commission's website.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most physicians believe health insurance coverage--more than race, income or other factors--determines the type of care a patient receives, a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey reveals.
Seventy-two percent of doctors surveyed agreed that the US healthcare system treats people unfairly "very often" or "somewhat often" based on whether or not they have insurance coverage.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) initially strengthens bones in postmenopausal women, taking the drugs for more than 3 years does not make bones even stronger, researchers report.
What's more, women who stop taking hormones do lose bone density, but no more rapidly than women who never took hormones, according to the report in the March 25th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.