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HEART DISEASE VIDEO: Framingham Score Unreliable in Detection of Atherosclerosis, EGFR Levels Linked With Breast Cancer, Pollution Exposure and Child's Cognitive Ability
HEART DISEASE VIDEO: Framingham Score Unreliable in Detection of Atherosclerosis, EGFR Levels Linked With Breast Cancer, Pollution Exposure and Child

(April 21, 2010 - Insidermedicine)

 From Connecticut - According to a report published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, low score on a Framingham risk assessment does not rule out heart disease. Researchers studied over 2100 adults with suspected heart disease, finding that the Framingham risk assessment was 74% sensitive at finding atherosclerosis in men and only  36% sensitive in women.

From Washington - Increased levels of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) may be a predictor of breast cancer, according to a report presented at the annual meeting for the American Association for Cancer Research. Researchers studied blood samples of over 400 women 17 months prior to diagnosis of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, comparing these samples to healthy controls They found that those with the highest EGFR levels had almost 3x increased risk of developing breast cancer.

And finally, from Poland - According to a report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a mother's exposure to certain air pollutants may affect her child's cognitive ability. Researchers studied over 200 children, finding that those whose mothers had the highest exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during pregnancy had significantly lower scores on standard reasoning and intelligence tests at age 5.

 
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