(Aug 12, 2011 - Insidermedicine)
From Baltimore - The risk of developing coronary artery disease associated with smoking is 25% higher for women than men. Published online by The Lancet, the researcher note that this difference is more likely due to physiological differences, rather than cultural or behavioural differences between the sexes
From California - In an article published in the journal "Environmental Science and Technology", researchers have found very high levels of certain banned fire retardants in 2nd trimester pregnant women in California. These compounds are linked to neurodevelopment problems in children and have been banned since the 70s.
From Chicago - Researchers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have developed a new approach to performing biopsies on, and removing thyroid tumours. Previous surgeries would use an incision across the front of the neck, leaving a scar. The new technique enters through the underarm using 3D cameras, leaving no visible scar. Also, the scientists note that there are fewer nerve endings in the underarm area, so there is less pain after the surgery.