Health and Science News of the week (3/30/07)

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Health Care Quality and Related Issues

Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched's Place discusses "Lady Doctors" and how difficult it used to be for women to become doctors.

Pharma Marketing Blog shares his observations of pharmaceutical sales representatives at doctor's offices in "Basics of Sales Rep Watching".

And who gets the best health care in this country? You might be surprised! Read this post at Health Business Blog to find out.


Cynthia Sass at The Diet Dish has a great article series about the most important nutrient - water. Titled: "Water, Water Everywhere", she has so far written a Part 1 and Part 2. I don't know if she is planning any more or not. Fascinating stuff - some of the topics she includes are the differences between spring and mineral water, laws surrounding water testing, etc.

Heart Health

A study to be published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that "women in the U.S. with the highest levels of trans fat in their blood had three times the risk of coronary heart disease as those with the lowest levels". Trans fat is found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils increases LDL cholesterol and lowers HDL cholesterol.

The big cardiology news story this week was from the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans. It was announced that in people with stable angina - medication and healthy lifestyle changes work just as well as angioplasty and a heart stent. Angioplasty and stents would still be needed for those with heart attacks or chest pain that are getting worse however. Doctor Anonymous in "Heart stent unnecessary? Maybe" explains it all much better than me.

Reproductive Health

Our Bodies, Our Blog, Feministing and Women’s Health News all report that Eric Keroack who was appointed by the Bush administration to oversee reproductive rights funding, and is opposed to contraception, is resigning.

Christine C. at Our Bodies, Our Blog explains all about the new recommendations for MRI's in women who have had cancer found in one breast at " Studies Encourage MRI Screening for Detecting Breast Cancer"

Difficulties with insurance coverage of infertility treatment were discussed at Infertility Insights in Insurance Policies - Part 1 (Overview) back in December, but I'm sure it is still useful information for anyone needing it.

Earlier this month Fruit of the Womb had some multi-part series on early and recurrent pregnancy loss: Early Pregnancy Loss - Part 1, Early Pregnancy Loss - Part 2 and Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - Part 1, Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - Part 2, Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - Part 3 and Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss - Part 4.

Space News

According to New Scientist Space: "China and the US are the countries most vulnerable to damage from future asteroid impacts".

Climate Change

Scientists at a conference this week announced that a 2 mile thick ice sheet in Antarctic about the size of Texas is melting rapidly. The ice shelf is in a region known as Amundsen Sea Embayment and contains enough ice that if it melts it could raise global sea levels by as much as 20 feet.

A recent paper in Science and reported by National Geographic discusses how the "loss of Arctic sea ice in recent years is the result of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions combined with natural cycles". Temperatures in the Arctic region have "increased at almost twice the global average rate over the past century".

Roughly 634 million people live in low-elevation, coastal areas around the world and could be displaced due to global sea level rise due to global warming.

Other News

- Physical activity associated with lower risk of work-related repetitive strain injury.
- Ruth at Allergizer tells us that "Experts Warn Against Alternative Treatment Methods for Allergies".
- George Mason University researchers announced on Tuesday the formation of a company to tailor cancer treatments to individual patients based on new technology that tracks protein activity in tumor cells.

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