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The Community Cancer Resource Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will host a Cancer Care teleconference, "Research Because Lives Depend on It: Clinical Trials Can Improve the Quality of Care You Receive," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the hospital.

Mary McCabe, director of the office of clinical research promotion, National Cancer Institute, will moderate the discussion, which will focus on the benefits that come from clinical trials and clinical research, how to access a clinical trial, and advantages to people who participate in clinical trials.

There is no registration fee, but reservations are required to attend. For information, call (877) 275-7724.

Preserving vision for the future

< To people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), straight lines might appear bent and dark patches might block the center of the field of vision.

AMD is the leading cause of legal blindness in people over 50. Early detection can help people prevent further vision loss and get earlier access to rehabilitative services. The Age-Related Macular Degeneration Alliance offers a free pamphlet about the condition.

To get a copy, call the alliance's toll-free hot line at (877) 263-7171. Information is also available on the group's Web site,

A berry good remedy

The next time you have an upset stomach, reach for a handful of dried blueberries. They are reported in medical journals to be absorbent and to inhibit bacterial adhesion, thus reducing infection.

"There is a long history of using dried blueberries for diarrhea and upset stomach," says Mary Ellen Camire, associate professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine in Orono.

Try up to 3 tablespoons of dried blueberries. Don't use fresh or frozen berries, however, because the moisture in fresh or frozen fruit may cause diarrhea. Dried blueberries are available year found in the produce aisle of many supermarkets and health food stores.

ADHD: Not for kids only

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - a condition often diagnosed in children - also affects adults, according to Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Adults who often make seemingly careless mistakes at work, can't seem to listen, have a hard time organizing tasks, talk too much or often lose things might be suffering from the disorder, according to the group, which says symptoms in adults may be obscured by problems in relationships, substance abuse and psychological or employment difficulties.

For more information about adult ADHD, see CHADD's Web site at or call (800) 233-4050.

Calcium, thyroid drug don't mix

In a study of 20 people with low thyroid at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles, researchers found that those taking 1,200 milligrams of calcium carbonate, a common supplement, did not fully absorb the thyroid medication levothyroxine.

"We don't know if other calcium supplements or dairy products will have a similar effect, but to be safe, we now recommend taking levothyroxine at least 2 hours before or after having a meal or taking a calcium supplement," says Dr. Nalini Singh, lead researcher and fellow in endocrinology at the hospital.

Stop cancer with real rye

You can bite into colon cancer protection with authentic rye bread. For a recent study, 17 Finns ate about 4 1/2 slices of whole grain rye bread or refined bread every day for four weeks. The whole grain rye reduced levels of bile acids thought to promote colon cancer by an average of 26 percent.

Unfortunately, most U.S. rye bread is made from refined wheat flour. To find whole grain rye, check your store's deli section and look for "whole rye flour" or "whole rye meal" on the label.

Really smoking

If you're a "sensation seeker" who gets a thrill from skydiving or political activism, you're more likely than more subdued types to start smoking, says a study by a University of Pittsburgh psychiatrist. The research by Kenneth Perkins and colleagues at Pitt and Children's Hospital suggests a connection between so-called sensation seekers and the impulse to smoke.

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