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March 9, 2010
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Prostate cancer screening guideline updated by the American Cancer Society
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For the first time since 2001, the American Cancer Society has updated its prostate cancer screening guideline. The new guideline has a more pronounced emphasis on informed decision-making (IDM) than in the past. Men should only be screened "after they receive information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits associated with prostate cancer screening," states the document. More


D is for discord: Not all studies support vitamin-D—CVD link
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The value of vitamin D in improving cardiovascular health or reducing the risk of diabetes and other risk factors remains unclear, although some hint of benefit for the popular supplement should support ongoing research in this field. That's the upshot of two new literature reviews and an editorial appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine. More

HIV hides out in bone marrow cells
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Medications can reduce the level of the AIDS virus in the blood to zero, but HIV doesn't disappear and often roars back when patients stop taking their pills. Now, research is giving scientists new insight into how the virus manages to hide and avoid the killing powers of medicine. In a new study, researchers report that the virus lurks in certain bone marrow cells and "reawakens" only under certain circumstances. More
Related story:  Funding cuts could lead to HIV 'nightmare' (The Associated Press via Google News)

Proteinuria may help predict outcomes in chronic kidney disease
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Proteinuria may help predict outcomes in chronic kidney disease (CKD) independent of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) level, according to the results of a community-based cohort study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More
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Clinical lab job boom coming
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Demand for clinical laboratory jobs will increase during the next decade, according to U.S. News and World Report and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. U.S. News ranked clinical laboratory jobs third in the health-care category in their list of the top 50 careers for the next 10 years. The list is compiled from information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's new job-growth projections for the next decade. More

Breakthrough reveals blood vessel cells are key to growing unlimited amounts of adult stem cells
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In a leap toward making stem cell therapy widely available, researchers at the Ansary Stem Cell Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College have discovered that endothelial cells, the most basic building blocks of the vascular system, produce growth factors that can grow copious amounts of adult stem cells and their progeny over the course of weeks. Until now, adult stem cell cultures would die within four or five days despite best efforts to grow them. More

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Red and white blood cells come from different sources
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All stem cells are not created equal, a new study finds. Two distinct kinds of self-renewing blood cells have been spotted in mice, muddying a simplistic view of stem cell categories. Knowing how these different types of stem cells behave may help scientists better understand and treat blood diseases. More

Processed foods recalled over salmonella
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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for products found to be tainted with salmonella. The salmonella was detected in a flavor-enhancing ingredient called hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which is used in snack foods and soups, as well as other processed foods. The risk to consumers is deemed to be very low, however. More

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