Hormone Therapy For Ovarian Cancer May Extend Life And Slow Tumor Growth – Letrozole Breast Cancer Drug Cuts Off Oestrogen

Hormone Therapy For Ovarian Cancer May Extend Life And Slow Tumor Growth – Letrozole Breast Cancer Drug Cuts Off Oestrogen

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(Best Syndication) British researchers say that hormone therapy can extend life in ovarian cancer patients, thus giving women a new alternative to chemotherapy. Letrozole hormone therapy attacks cancer by turning off its oestrogen supply. If the ovarian cancer is highly sensitive to oestrogen, blocking this mechanism could slow the growth and spread of disease.

The study involved 44 women with high oestrogen receptor (ER) levels, whose cancer had relapsed after surgery and chemotherapy. After six months of anti-oestrogen therapy, one quarter of the women showed no tumor growth. They also discovered that “33 per cent of the group with the greatest ER values showed a positive response which delayed the use of chemotherapy.”

New Drug Approved For Rare High Blood Pressure Called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension – FDA Says There are Side Effects

New Drug Approved For Rare High Blood Pressure Called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension – FDA Says There are Side Effects

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(Best Syndication) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Letairis (ambrisentan) for the treatment a rare, life-threatening condition characterized by continuous high blood pressure within the arteries of the lungs. With pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) the small arteries in the lungs become narrowed or blocked, and the heart must work harder to pump the blood through them.

"Letairis represents a valuable addition to the treatment alternatives for this orphan (rare) disease," said John Jenkins, M.D., director of FDA's Office of New Drugs. "Letairis is similar to an existing drug, but offers the potential for fewer drug interactions." The drug was fast-tracked through the FDA because the needs of these patients were not being met by other available drugs.

North Korea Accuses US of Escalating Arms Race

North Korea Accuses US of Escalating Arms Race

China President Jintao and Kim Jong Il
Oct. 28, 2005.

(Best Syndication) The North Koreans expressed concern and accused the U.S. on Friday of escalating an arms race with what they called a plan to build a global missile defense program. The North Korean news agency (KCNA) reports that the North Koreans warned the United States that it might strengthen its "self-defense" program.

This comes just when one of the key conditions of the February nuclear disarmament agreement is nearly completed. Back in February the North Koreans agreed to dismantle their nuclear reactors after the US returns money from a frozen Macau bank account.

Rheumatoid Arthritis risk is less with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages – Suppresses Immune System

Rheumatoid Arthritis risk is less with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages – Suppresses Immune System

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[Best Syndication] A study that was presented at the EULAR 2007 which hosts the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain explained that alcohol may help reduce the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The benefits were seen when a person drank three servings of alcohol a week and when there was ten units a week there was even more protection. Smoking and genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis were reduced when individuals drank three or more units a week.

The research showed that the odds ratio 0.5, 95%; confidence interval 0.4 – 0.7 was seen with the increased consumption of alcohol of three or more units per week. The researchers believe that this lifestyle link could prove beneficial for finding new ways to understand rheumatoid arthritis.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver re-establishes ability to Speak after suffering Multiple Strokes

Eunice Kennedy Shriver re-establishes ability to Speak after suffering Multiple Strokes

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[Best Syndication] Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the mother-in-law to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and has recovered her speech abilities after suffering multiple strokes. Governor Schwarzenegger announced this good news during a speech this past Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Schwarzenegger explained in a recording by the Governor’s Office that Eunice was told that her condition was initially so damaging that family was told that she would never speak again.

"Of course, she prays every day and goes to church every day, and her prayers were answered and she's speaking again fluently, and is screaming at me again," Schwarzenegger said. "So it's all back to normal."

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