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Climate change, gender differences, health among EurekAlert! 10 Most Popular Stories in 2007
Date:1/10/2008

e Department of Geography, and researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, reported however, Its hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now.

Bromwich said the best we can say right now is that the climate models are somewhat inconsistent with the evidence that we have for the last 50 years from continental Antarctica. Bromwich explained that disagreement between climate model predictions and the snowfall and temperature records doesnt necessarily mean that the models are wrong.

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Millions of Americans take multivitamins because of a belief in their potential health benefits, even though there is limited scientific evidence that they prevent chronic disease. Investigating this line of thinking, a National Cancer Institute study, led by Karen Lawson, found no association between multivitamin use and the risk of localized prostate cancer -- the second most popular story in 2007. However, they did find an increased risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancer among men who used multivitamins more than seven times a week, compared with men who did not use multivitamins.

The association was strongest in men with a family history of prostate cancer and men who also took selenium, beta-carotene or zinc supplements.

Another story among the most popular in 2007 focused on two Swedish studies that identified smoking, a low formal level of education and certain metabolic indicators as important risk factors in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. These findings represent a significant step towards better understanding of the risk factors for RA and may contribute to improved future prevention and treatment. The second study similarly highlights the link between smoking and RA, but -- contrary to previously noted relationships between RA with active inflammation and impaired glucose tolerance -- observes better glucose tolerance as a predictor of RA
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Contact: Rahman A. Culver
rculver@aaas.org
202-326-6213
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Source:Eurekalert

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