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Tobacco industry pays scientists to challenge secondhand smoke's link to infant death risk

.... But a Philip Morris scientific affairs executive questioned this conclusion. The author accommodated many of Philip Morris' suggested changes, and when he submitted his final draft to them, he had removed his original conclusion about the effect of secondhand smoke on infants. Instead, he wrote that "the majo...

Study examines harm reduction among injection drug users

...njecting drugs for less than five years. They were questioned about their drug injection habits, including from whom and where they acquired their syringes and how they disposed of used syringes. "Safe sources" were the Baltimore syringe exchange program or pharmacies. "Safe disposal" was defined as discarding ...

Women want annual pap smears

... and eventually stopping the test completely. When questioned about their preferences for screening, 75% preferred screening at least annually (12% chose screening every 6 months). More than two thirds said that they would try to continue being screened annually even if their doctors recommended less frequent s...

Need better social research but it doesn't come cheap

...gs is likely to make heavier demands both on those questioned and the researchers involved than the sorts of surveys widely used at present.Professor Loomes sets out the case for his study in a speech at the international 'Learning about Risk' conference, in Canterbury, launching the ESRC Social Contexts and Re...

Child health must become UNICEF's priority over next decade

...should be on the public record. And they should be questioned before a specially convened intergovernmental committee of the UN. Dr Horton concludes: "Children remain one of the most marginalised groups in our world today. The predicament of children is the predicament of our futures and the future of our pred...

Bone marrow fat may indicate bone weakening

... determining bone weakening. Researchers have long questioned whether there may be other measurable bone components that influence mechanical stability of bone. The study, conducted by researchers at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC, showed that increased BMF is an independent marker of bone weak...

Resistin integral part of the inflammatory response

...ne resistin in people with these diseases has been questioned because it is primarily secreted by immune cells called macrophages in humans rather than fat cells, as in mice. Nevertheless, resistin is elevated in some people with diabetes and obesity. Higher levels of resistin are associated with insulin resist...

Sexual quality of life lower for the obese

...of normal weight people. The Duke researchers also questioned obese people who were not seeking weight loss treatment; 41 percent said they experienced sexual impairment. Of the 1,210 study participants, 506 obese people seeking treatment were drawn from the Duke Diet & Fitness Center; 422 obese and 282 normal ...

Controversies regarding ovarian cancer treatments addressed

...parator for now standard platinum-paclitaxel; also questioned was the potential of higher doses. "Unfortunately, these questions are unlikely to be definitively answered as the interest is now moving towards other more relevant issues, such as the incorporation of biological therapies and new agents into cl...

Laughter helps patients communicate emotion in therapy sessions

...hter only signifies humor, even ridicule, and have questioned whether using laughter in therapy is appropriate. We wanted to take an objective look at the occurrence of laughter during therapy and measure its physiologic effect." As part of a larger on-going study of psychophysiology and empathy, the rese...

News briefs from the journal Chest, October 2004

...use of the medication. North Carolina researchers questioned 50 patients or their parents on their understanding of inhaler use and what methods they use to determine the fullness level of their pressurized metered-dose inhaler. Results showed that 78 percent of subjects knew they were supposed to shake the c...

Teenage smoking still 'worryingly high': Girls twice as likely as boys to puff away

...vious group. More than half of the 15-16-year-olds questioned (56 per cent) said they had not had a puff of a cigarette in the past three months. But this compared with 75 per cent at age 13-14 who had not smoked during the previous term, and as many as 83 per cent in earlier sessions. Researchers also found th...

Low-income Native American women suffer high rates of domestic abuse

...nces Center found that more than half of the women questioned reported having been assaulted by a partner during...erican partners. Thirty-nine percent of the women questioned had been severely assaulted by a partner at some point in their life. This included being kicked, bi...

Promoting the brain image bank

...rchers were hesitant to give away their data; some questioned whether new science could arise from old data; and others thought that the technical hurdles could not be overcome. Despite these concerns, the Dartmouth group went ahead and teamed up with the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and made it a requirem...

Are NICE guidelines too passive?

...rocedures within the UK National Health Service is questioned by authors of a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET. NICE issued its first guidance on procedures and technologies to the National Health Service In march 2000. James Ryan and colleagues assessed the effect of NICE guidance on NHS pra...

Wavefront LASIK demonstrated superior to conventional LASIK

...more expensive. Patients and some physicians have questioned whether or not it is worth the extra cost. LASIK uses a laser to reshape the front part of a patient's eye to correct visual errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Conventional LASIK guides the laser by using treatment formulas based o...

Spanking a risk factor for behavior problems among white children

...d until they reached school at age 4. Mothers were questioned on how often they spanked their child, their child's temperament, how often they interacted with their child and if they ever discussed behavior problems with their child's school teacher. Overall, 39 percent of the mothers reported spanking their ch...

Survey shows new Mayo Clinic treatment for intractable low blood pressure

...researchers contacted 29 patients by telephone and questioned them in a structured interview. All had previously participated in a well-controlled study to evaluate pyridostigmine's effectiveness and continued with the drug. Researchers asked specifically about patients' current symptoms of orthostatic hypotens...

First randomized trial of adult stem cell injections in heart failure patients shows benefit

...gested benefit, results of these studies have been questioned due to the small number of patients studied and lack of comparison data from patients not receiving the therapy. The idea behind the current multi-center trial and others is that stem cells introduced into a heart damaged from heart attack or chronic...

Thyroid cancer study simplifies follow-up exams for patients

... do to prepare patients for scans, and no one ever questioned it. But now we know we can do it in a way that is simpler, quicker and above all easier on patients." Grigsby notes that the introduction of recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone (rhTSH) five years ago greatly reduced the need to take patient...

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