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Thursday, December 6, 2018
Too Much Time in the Sun? Skin Patch Might Tell
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new mint-sized, battery-free patch that alerts wearers to potentially harmful sunlight exposure in real time might become a powerful weapon in preventing skin cancer.

Powered by the sun while designed to measure its rays, the patch automatically transmits sun readings to a user's smartphone. It works wet or dry, is fully   ...more
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Drug Halves Tumor Recurrence for Women With a Common Breast Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds.

The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was ER2-positive -- meaning it carries a protein that promotes cancer growt  ...more
Thursday, December 6, 2018
AHA: How to Stop Smoking … for Good
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Nobody knows who first said, "To succeed, you first have to fail." But it's a phrase many smokers likely relate to.

About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful.

"We've heard about people who say, 'That's it!' and they stop for good. But t  ...more
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Most Americans Lie to Their Doctors
TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 4 out of 5 Americans withhold important information from their doctor that could prove crucial to their health, a new study shows.

Between 60 and 80 percent of people admit they avoid telling their doctor details that could be relevant to their well-being.

"I know at some level this is a 'no duh,' of course, peo  ...more
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Smoking Relapse Less Likely Among Vapers: Study
FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to vaping can have the occasional cigarette without a complete relapse, new research suggests.

The study included 40 people who quit smoking by using e-cigarettes (vaping). About half said they had either brief or regular tobacco smoking relapses, particularly in social situations.

However, they didn't v  ...more
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Firdapse Approved for Rare Autoimmune Disorder
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Firdapse (amifampridine) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS).

It's the first agency-sanctioned treatment for the autoimmune disease that affects the connections between nerves and muscles.

"Patients with LEMS have significant weaknes  ...more
Thursday, November 29, 2018
For Some Women, Mammograms May Need to Begin at 30: Study
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women at increased risk for breast cancer should start receiving mammograms earlier than recommended, even as young as age 30, a new study contends.

Young women who have dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer appear to benefit from regular mammograms as much as women in their 40s do, researchers reported.

Th  ...more
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Vitrakvi Approved for Cancers With Certain Genetic Trait
TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vitrakvi (larotrectinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cancers with a specific inherited trait called a biomarker.

The approval marks the second drug sanctioned to treat any type of cancer with a certain genetic feature, rather than the drug targeting a cancer that originated in a specif  ...more
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Health Tip: Identifying Lung Cancer Risks For Non Smokers
(HealthDay News) -- Avoiding tobacco is an obvious way to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. But there are still lung cancer risks if you're a nonsmoker, the American Cancer Society says.

Testing your home for radon, avoiding secondhand smoke and limiting exposure to air pollutants can help prevent lung cancer, the society says.

A healthy diet with lots o  ...more
Thursday, November 29, 2018
After a Spouse's Death, Sleep Woes Up Health Risks
MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The death of a spouse can understandably bring sleepless nights. Now, research suggests those sleep troubles raise the odds of immune system dysfunction -- which in turn can trigger chronic inflammation.

For the surviving spouse, that could mean an increased risk for heart disease and cancer, though the study did not prove a   ...more
Monday, November 26, 2018
AHA: Be Thankful for Cranberries' Health Benefits All Year Long
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- No respectable Thanksgiving plate is without some form of cranberry, but the fruit's popularity seems to plummet the other 364 days of the year.

That's a shame, nutrition experts say, because cranberries deliver a bundle of health benefits. And they're quite efficient: A cup of raw cranberries carries just 50 c  ...more
Monday, November 26, 2018
Are Food Additives Good or Bad? Consumer Views Vary
TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans believe they face health risks from food additives, but plenty of others think that additives in small amounts won't harm them, a new survey finds.

It seems the United States is divided about the harms and benefits of modern food production practices.

Specifically, 51 percent of Americans say they could be   ...more
Monday, November 26, 2018
As Vaping Became Popular Among Young, Smoking Rates Fell
TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The advent of the e-cigarette appears to have spurred a huge drop in tobacco smoking rates among teenagers and young adults, a new study claims.

Previous research has argued that vaping could prove to be a gateway drug for smoking, by getting youngsters hooked on nicotine and used to the physical actions associated with smok  ...more
Monday, November 26, 2018
Health Tip: Managing Hair Loss From Chemotherapy
HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy may damage the cells that make hair and cause it to fall out, the National Cancer Institute says.

Hair loss may begin two weeks to three weeks after starting chemotherapy, the agency says. Before hair begins to fall out, consider shaving your head, getting a wig or wearing a hat or scarf, the institute advises.

After hair loss begin  ...more
Monday, November 26, 2018
Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit: Study
FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could vapers be a good influence on smokers?

New research suggests that's so: Cigarette smokers who spent more time with people who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to try quitting smoking.

The study included more than 13,000 smokers in England. Of those, nearly 26 percent said they regularly spent time with e-c  ...more
Monday, November 26, 2018
Teenage Obesity May Raise Pancreatic Cancer Risk Years Later
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity in the teen years may increase the risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer in adulthood, researchers report.

The odds for this rare cancer can quadruple due to obesity, the Israeli research team found. Moreover, the risk rises as weight increases, even affecting men in the high normal weight range.

"It's bee  ...more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Cancer May Soon Replace Heart Disease as Leading Killer of Affluent Americans
MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is expected to overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death for well-off Americans by 2020.

The expected shift owes to advances in technology and drugs that are making big headway against heart disease, according to a new report.

But lack of access to quality care is likely to keep heart disease the leading   ...more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Mammograms Do Save Lives: Study
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women confused by the conflicting advice surrounding the benefits and timing of mammograms will be interested in a new study out of Sweden.

The research, involving more than 50,000 breast cancer patients, found that those who took part in a breast cancer screening program had a 60 percent lower risk of dying from the disease i  ...more
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Early Birds May Have Lower Breast Cancer Risk
TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who love the early hours of the day are less likely to develop breast cancer, a new study suggests.

British researchers analyzed two data banks that included more than 409,000 women to investigate the link between sleep traits and breast cancer risk.

Compared to night owls, women who are early risers had a 40 percent  ...more
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Global Melanoma Deaths Up Among Men, But Not Women
MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Melanoma skin cancer death rates in men are on the rise in most countries, but are stable or declining for women in some, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed World Health Organization data from 33 countries between 1985 and 2015. Melanoma death rates in men were increasing in all but one nation.

In all 33 countri  ...more
Thursday, November 8, 2018
How Necessary Is HPV Cervical Cancer Screening for Women After Age 55?
FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has become the standard of care in screening for cervical cancer. But now, Canadian researchers say it may become unnecessary in women aged 55 or older who have one negative result with the test.

The DNA-based HPV test is highly accurate in detecting 14 high-risk strains of the virus that  ...more
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Targeted hope for metastatic cancer
November 1, 2018 by Paul Mayne, University of Western Ontario

A cancer diagnosis is tough enough to hear, but a diagnosis that cancer has spread through the body has often been considered a death sentence.

Now an international study, led by Western oncology professor David Palma and researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute, is challenging that notion.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Less-Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer May Bring More Risks, Studies Find
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Surgeons have long turned to a minimally invasive means of hysterectomy when treating early stage cervical cancer.

However, two new studies could change all that. Both found the approach was linked to a higher rate of cancer recurrence, plus worse long-term survival, compared to more "open" surgeries.

"Minimally invasiv  ...more
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Report outlines priorities to improve the lives of cancer survivors and caregivers
October 30, 2018, American Cancer Society
Growing numbers of cancer survivors, provider shortages, rising health care costs, and socio-economic disparities in health outcomes have created an urgent need to provide coordinated, comprehensive, personalized care for cancer survivors.

Now a new report from the American Cancer Society creates a set of critical priorities  ...more
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Men are less likely than women to survive some cancers, study shows
October 29, 2018, University of Melbourne
Men with particular cancers generally fare worse than women with the same cancers, new Australian research has found.

Published in Cancer Causes & Control, the Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne-led population-based study found men had a survival disadvantage relative to women for 11 of the 25 cancer types i  ...more
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Turning cells against pancreatic cancer
October 26, 2018, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Pancreatic cancer has a grim prognosis. It is usually detected after the disease has spread, and chemotherapy tends to do little to slow the cancer's growth. Even with treatment, most patients live only about six months after they are diagnosed with the disease.

Researchers in Professor David Tuveson's laboratory at Co  ...more
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Study: Few women told of reduced cancer risk when making decision about breastfeeding
October 25, 2018, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

With many infant formulas on the market promising the same benefits as breast milk, more women may forgo breastfeeding. However, when making that decision, women may not be considering the benefits breastfeeding has on their own health.

Research has shown that women who breastfeed greatly low  ...more
Friday, October 26, 2018
Medical Bills 'Toxic' for Some Breast Cancer Patients
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many women living with advanced breast cancer face significant financial strains -- from paying for their care to simply covering monthly bills, a new survey finds.

Researchers found that of the more than 1,000 women they surveyed, nearly 70 percent said they were worried about the financial fallout related to their cancer  ...more
Friday, October 26, 2018
Is Crowdfunding Too Often Used for Bogus Treatments?
TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Crowdfunding pleas for dubious or potentially unsafe medical treatments are increasingly common, and raised nearly $7 million on social media in two years, researchers report.

An ill patient pleading for naturopathic cancer treatments or hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be hard to resist. Ditto a parent seeking antibiotics for   ...more
Friday, October 26, 2018
Love Organic Foods? Your Odds for Some Cancers May Fall
MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Paying extra for those pricey organic fruits and vegetables might pay off: New research suggests eating them might help you dodge a cancer diagnosis.

People who consumed the most organic foods had a 25 percent lower cancer risk compared with those who ate the least, the study found.

Specifically, eating more organically gr  ...more