Print Issue: March 18, 2008

Statins may lower renal cancer risk

Score another plus for statins. New research now shows that they may protect against kidney cancer. Investigators retrospectively examined data from 483,733 veterans (mean age 61 years), of whom 1,446 (0.3%) had a primary diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma. Prior to the diagnosis, 164,441 (34%) of the veterans were taking statins. After adjusting for age,…

Diabetes remission reported

Weight loss achieved through gastric-band placement resulted in type 2 diabetes remission in most patients participating in a small study. These results prompted a cautious suggestion that the surgery be considered for more widespread use. A team in Australia evaluated 30 patients (mean BMI: 37.0) who underwent placement of a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and…

Saline solutions ease kids’ cold symptoms

For children with colds or the flu, supplementing medications with a saline solution lessens symptoms and speeds recovery, a new study shows. Saline therapy has been used for years, but “scientific evidence of its efficacy is rather poor,” say researchers at the Teaching Hospital in Brno, Czech Republic. So they studied 390 children (aged 6-10…

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