Men with traditional views about women earn more

Study finds men who hold traditional views of women earn more than men who don’t, and women with egalitarian views don’t earn much more than those with traditional outlooks. – Men who believe in traditional roles for women earn more money than men who don’t, and women with more egalitarian views don’t make much more than women with a more traditional outlook, revealed by researchers.

Acupuncture reduces side effects of breast cancer treatment

Acupuncture reduces side effects of breast cancer treatment as much as conventional drug therapy. Therapy shown to increase energy and overall well-being for breast cancer patients. – Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

Audio relaxation program may help lower blood pressure

Study highlights an audio-guided relaxation CD with background sounds of ocean waves and a calming voice may lower blood pressure in elderly people. – An audio relaxation program lowered blood pressure more than a Mozart sonata in a group of elderly people with high blood pressure, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 62nd Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research.

Stomach bacteria protect against type 1 diabetes

Friendly? bacteria in stomach protect against type 1 diabetes, Yale researchers find. – In a dramatic illustration of the potential for microbes to prevent disease, researchers at Yale University and the University of Chicago showed that mice exposed to common stomach bacteria were protected against the development of Type I diabetes.

Miscarriage risk high in obese pregnant women

Obese pregnant women run a greater risk of miscarriage, and should be advised to lose weight. – Overweight women with a tendency towards obesity run a greater risk of repeat miscarriages and should be advised to lose weight before they try and become pregnant again, revealed by researchers at London’s St Mary’s Hospital.

QIAGEN’s careHPV test provides more accurate screening

First published study of new HPV test – QIAGEN’s careHPV test for developing countries shows high accuracy in predicting cervical disease, cervical cancer. – A new HPV test developed by QIAGEN specifically for use in regions of the world with scarce resources is “substantially” more accurate in identifying women with cervical disease than the current methods (Pap testing and visual inspection) in these countries.

Electronic cigarette not a safe or proven quitting method for smokers

Electronic cigarette not a safe or proven quitting method for smokers, warns UN, WHO. Marketers of electronic cigarettes should halt unproved therapy claims. – Contrary to what some marketers of the electronic cigarette imply in their advertisements, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it to be a legitimate therapy for smokers trying to quit.

Lumpectomy, radiation improve life in breast cancer patients

Breast cancer survivors have high quality of life up to 15 years after lumpectomy/radiation. – Women with breast cancer who are treated with lumpectomy and radiation report a high level of overall quality of life several years after treatment that is comparable to a general sampling of the adult women U.S. population according to a survey conducted by physicians at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Paracetamol use raises childhood asthma risk

This study provides further worldwide evidence that the use of paracetamol in childhood can increase the risk of developing asthma and related allergic disorders. – A strong association between paracetamol use in infancy and increased risk of asthma by age 6-7 years, suggested by researchers in a new study published in the Lancet.

Suppressing hunger hormone ghrelin as good as bariatric surgery

Chemical suppressing hunger hormone yields result as good as bariatric surgery to reduce obesity. – Johns Hopkins scientists report success in significantly suppressing levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin in pigs using a minimally invasive means of chemically vaporizing the main vessel carrying blood to the top section, or fundus, of the stomach.

Health Newstrack