December 8, 2011

Dangerous Behavior

1 Coed Binge Drinking Rises in College Years

Female college students who rarely or never drank in high school may binge drink in college says a U at Buffalo study for which researchers followed 437 female students from high school graduation through freshman year of college. Half of the students said they binge drank at least once by the end of their freshman semester - even those who rarely or never drank in high school. Additionally, the study found that binge drinking was linked to students’ risk of sexual assault, and the more alcohol consumed, the greater the risk. "This suggests that drinking-prevention efforts should begin before college," says lead researcher Maria Testa who adds that parents should talk with their kids about drinking before college, regardless of what their drinking habits had been in high school.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: CDC Ranks Binge Drinking in the US

Tags: Binge Drinking, Drinking, University at Buffalo, Sexual Assault, Sexual Victimization, State University of New York at Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo, Maria Testa, College Students and Drinking, Female College Students and Binge Drinking

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Low Influenza Activity This Fall

2 CDC: We're Having a Mild Flu Season So Far

Flu season has been mild so far, says the CDC. The latest CDC statistics, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, reveal that flu activity was mild in October and November, but that's typical for early flu season. WebMD reports that more than 129 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed this season. It's not too late to get a flu vaccine. According to the CDC report, the vaccine matches well with strains of the flu virus that are circulating. While the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, those with a severe egg allergy shouldn't receive the vaccine. Prevention is best, but the flu can be treated by antiviral medications Relenza (zanamivir) and Tamiflu (oseltamivir), which work best if taken within 48 hours of the start of illness.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Half of States Have Widespread Flu

Tags: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Tamiflu, 2011 Flu Season, Mild Flu Season, Cdc Flu Information, Flu Stats, Influenza Activity Fall 2011, States Widespread Flu, Pediatric Flu Deaths, Oseltamivir, Relenza, Zanamivir, Antiviral Medications

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Both Slow Its Progression

3 Two New Drugs in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Two separate studies show that the drugs Afinitor from Novartis and pertuzumab from Genentech slow disease progression in advanced breast cancer. In one study involving 724 women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, taking the transplant drug Afinitor with a hormone-blocking drug increased the median delay in disease progression from three months in women only taking the hormone-blocking drugs to seven months. In another study, the drug pertuzumab which targets the protein HER2 on breast cancer cells increased the delay in disease progression by 6 months when used with Herceptin and docetaxel. Herceptin also targets Her2 but has a different mechanism of action. Researchers hope that these drugs can be used at an early stage of the disease to increase the odds of a cure.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Aggressive Breast Cancer Made Treatable

Tags: Breast Cancer, Docetaxel, Genentech, Her2, Herceptin, Metastasis, Novartis, Pertuzumab, Afinitor, Estrogen Receptor-Positive Cancer

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