ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
CANCER
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
CAREGIVING
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Eleven genetic variations believed to be predictors of esophageal cancer have been identified by U.S. researchers.

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center team pinpointed 11 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in microRNA-related genes that showed an association with esophageal cancer.

Each of these unfavorable genotypes was linked with an increased risk of cancer. People with more than four of the 11 genotypes had a more than threefold increased risk of esophageal cancer, according to the study, published in the November issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

"Our ultimate goal is to construct a quantitative cancer risk prediction model based on an individual's epidemiological profile, environment exposure and genetic makeup. This risk prediction model can evaluate each person's relative risk and absolute risk of developing esophageal cancer within a certain time period," study author Dr. Xifeng Wu, a professor in the department of epidemiology, said in an American Association for Cancer Research news release.

Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the United States, and the majority of patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Being able to identify people at high risk for the disease may improve screening, monitoring and prevention.

"Considering the dramatic increase in incidence, difficulty of early diagnosis, the poor survival rate for esophageal cancer, and the limited knowledge of the natural history of the tumor, we need a greater understanding of the etiology of esophageal cancer for improvement of diagnosis and hopefully a better prognosis," Wu said.

Along with genetics, other risk factors for esophageal cancer include obesity, smoking and gastrointestinal reflux disease.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about esophageal cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, Nov. 5, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 05, 2008

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