(November 29, 2007 - Insidermedicine) From New York - While over 62 million CT scans are done yearly in the US, there is some concern that the volume of studies being done, coupled with the radiation dose from the scans, may increase the risk of cancer. Researchers estimate that CT scanning accounts for 0.4% of cancers. However, given the dramatic rise in the use of CT scans, which subject patients to nearly 100 times the radiation dose of X-rays, the estimate could increase to 1.5 to 2% of cancers.
From Australia - While many governments are stockpiling medicines to combat the flu, simple measures may work best to prevent a potential pandemic. Researchers, combining data from more than 50 studies, noted that simple procedures like hand-washing, and wearing gloves and gowns may be the most effective way to combat human-to-human spread in the event of a flu pandemic.
And finally, from Boston - New drugs that mimic the compound resveratrol, an active ingredient in red wine, are showing promise in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The compounds being tested are 1000 times more powerful that resveratrol and have shown to reverse diabetes symptoms and reduce insulin sensitivity in mice and rats. They may also increase cell longevity and could one day slow the aging process.
For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.