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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Health Tip: Symptoms of Neuropathy Caused By Chemo
(HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy, a set of symptoms caused by damage to nerves that control the sensations and movements of the arms, legs, hands, and feet.

The American Cancer Society mentions these sensations that indicate possible neuropathy:

Tingling, or a "pins and needles" feeling.
A burning or warm feeling.
Numbness,   ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Breast Cancer May Bring Higher Odds for A-fib, Too
TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with breast cancer may face a higher risk of developing the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), Danish researchers report.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. In 2018, more than 2 million women were diagnosed with the disease. The inflammation the disease causes m  ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Still Too Few Teens Getting the HPV Vaccine
MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- HPV vaccination rates for younger American adolescents are alarmingly low, researchers say.

"While we have seen gains in HPV vaccination coverage, we are still falling behind at the younger ages," said study lead author Robert Bednarczyk.

He's an assistant professor of global health and epidemiology at Emory University in  ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Adding Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer May Aid Early Detection
MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Using a new blood test for pancreatic cancer alongside the current blood test may improve early detection and help screen people at high risk for the deadly disease, researchers say.

The combination approach detects 70 percent of pancreatic cancers with a less than 5 percent false-positive rate, according to the team led by s  ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Many Cancer Patients Have Undiagnosed Hepatitis
FRIDAY, Jan. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A large number of U.S. cancer patients with hepatitis B and C don't know they have the virus, which can cause life-threatening complications during some cancer treatments, researchers say.

The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in community cancer clinics, according to investigators from the S  ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Acupressure Is Good Medicine for Breast Cancer Survivors
THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors struggling with common, lasting symptoms stemming from their treatments may find relief in self-applied acupressure, new research suggests.

For survivors with fatigue, self-acupressure improved related issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep difficulties more than usual care, the   ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Health Tip: Evaluating a New Cancer Treatment
(HealthDay News) -- Before a new cancer treatment is available to the public, it must undergo vigorous evaluation, the American Cancer Society says.

Typically, a new treatment is tested on cancer cells in a laboratory. If testing is deemed successful, there may be testing on animals, followed by testing on people. Ultimately, it must be approved by the U.S. Food and   ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs
FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most cancer specialists are comfortable treating LGBTQ patients, but many aren't confident in their knowledge about these patients' specific health needs, a new survey finds.

"Cancer care within the LGBTQ community is a largely ignored public health issue," said Gwendolyn Quinn, a professor in the Departments of Obstetrics an  ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Cancer Diagnosis May Quadruple Suicide Risk
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds.

"Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer, the patients usually die of another cause," said researcher Nicholas   ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Health Tip: Don't Ignore Changes in Skin Color
(HealthDay News) -- You should never ignore a change in skin color, especially if you have cancer, the American Cancer Society says.
A change in skin color typically means something's wrong in the body. In people with cancer, it can be due to factors including tumor growth, sun exposure or a side effect of treatment, the society says.

Here is the organization's list  ...more
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Vaccine, Screening Can Prevent Cervical Cancer Deaths
TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- About 4,000 women in the United States die from cervical cancer each year -- even though there's a preventive vaccine and screening to catch the disease early.

"When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable," said Dr. Sarah Ramirez, a family medicine physician with Penn State Health. "So it's important to make   ...more
Monday, January 14, 2019
Make Cancer Prevention a Priority in 2019
FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to improve your health, reducing your risk of cancer should be part of that goal, a cancer expert says.

While cancer risk factors such as family history and aging can't be controlled, lifestyle changes such as eating right, staying active and not smoking can lower your risk, said Dr. Eli  ...more
Monday, January 14, 2019
A Better Strategy for Quitting Smoking
FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but studies have found that one strategy, in particular, can help many people: Start anti-smoking medication well before your intended quit date.

Under traditional prescribing guidelines, people who plan to quit smoking with the help of a medication begin taking their anti-  ...more
Monday, January 14, 2019
More Proof High-Fiber Diets Help Prevent Cancers, Heart Disease
THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A large, new analysis helps confirm that eating lots of grains, vegetables and fruit lower your risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease.

When compared with those who consume very little fiber, people at the high end of the fiber-eating spectrum saw their risk for dying from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes an  ...more
Monday, January 14, 2019
Even a Little Exercise May Help Cancer Patients Live Longer
THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise before and after a cancer diagnosis significantly improves odds of survival, a new study finds.

Among more than 5,800 U.S. patients with a range of early- to late-stage cancers, those who exercised three or four times a week before and after their diagnosis had a 40 percent lower risk of death than inactive  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Health Tip: Nurture Your Emotional Health as a Cancer Patient
(HealthDay News) -- If you have cancer, it is important to take care of your emotional health, too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

A positive outlook has been linked to a lower risk of disease and injury, a better immune system, longer life, and greater work productivity, the agency adds.

The CDC offers these suggestions for bolstering y  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Cancer Patients May Face Greater Risk of Shingles
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Newly diagnosed cancer patients may be at increased risk for the painful skin condition shingles, a new study finds.

Experts say the development of new vaccines might help prevent shingles in cancer patients.

The study, of about 240,000 cancer patients in Australia from 2006 to 2015, found that any type of cancer was ass  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Too Few Women Are Getting Cervical Cancer Screenin
TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of women in the United States who are getting the recommended screenings for cervical cancer is "unacceptably low," researchers say.

In 2016, just over half of U.S. women aged 21 to 29 and less than two-thirds of women aged 30 to 65 were up-to-date with cervical cancer screenings, according to a new report.

Thos  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
U.S. Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline
TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past 25 years, the number of Americans who have died from cancer has dropped dramatically, though racial and economic disparities persist, a new study reveals.

Between 1991 and 2016, deaths from cancer dropped 27 percent. In real numbers, that's almost 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Even Older Drugs Are Getting Steep Price Hikes, Study Finds
TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common belief that rising drug prices are due to the high cost of cutting-edge medications, with manufacturers charging a bundle to make back development expenses for their new products.

But drug companies have also been steadily hiking prices on older brand-name drugs, a new study reports.

Increasing prices for bra  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thyroid Surgery Complications Can Land Some Back in the Hospital
TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid can trigger side effects that send some patients back to the hospital, a new study finds.

These side effects include tingling in the fingers that can become tremors and spasms in all muscles of the body -- including the heart and muscles surrounding the lungs.

"The information w  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Suicide Risk Rises Following Cancer Diagnosis
MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer diagnosis can be tough to take, and a new study finds many patients contemplate suicide.
That risk is most pronounced in the year following the diagnosis, researchers reported.

The risk for suicide among newly diagnosed cancer patients also varies by the type of cancer, they added.

"Both cancer and suicide are lea  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Health Tip: Getting the Flu If You Have Cancer
(HealthDay News) -- If you have had cancer, you are at a higher risk for developing flu-related complications, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC offers the following flu prevention tips:
If you are 65 or older, get the high-dose flu vaccine, which contains four times the strength as the regular flu shot.

Consider getting the pneumo  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hepatitis C Screening Can Help Prevent Liver Disease
THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Infection with the hepatitis C virus can cause liver disease and even liver cancer. But once found, the virus can be cured, so screening is vital for those at risk, health experts say.

For hepatitis A and B, preventive vaccines exist, but there is none for hepatitis C.

"We can eliminate the virus and keep people from deve  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Testicular Cancer a Bigger Threat to Young Men
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Testicular cancer occurs most often in young men, and they need to know the signs of the disease, a urologist says.

Testicular cancer is relatively rare -- about 9,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year in the United States -- but it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males aged 15 to 40.

It's a highly treatable  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Mindfulness Can Help Tame Everyday Stress
TUESDAY, Jan. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being in tune with the present moment -- called mindfulness -- can relieve stress and make you an actor rather than a reactor, a wellness expert says.

Focusing on what's happening right now allows people to notice things they might otherwise miss, said Dr. Timothy Riley. He is an assistant professor in the family and communit  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Is Your State a Hotspot for Obesity-Linked Cancers? 0 CommentsShare
THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- What state you call home may have a great deal to do with your chances of developing obesity-related cancer, a new report suggests.

A nearly twofold difference exists between U.S. states with the highest and lowest proportion of obesity-related cancers, American Cancer Society researchers have found.

The highest is in th  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital After Lung Surgery
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital following surgery for lung cancer last week.

"Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home," said Kathleen Arberg, public information officer for the Supreme Court, in an email to reporters on Wed  ...more
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Here's to a Healthy Holiday Season
SATURDAY, Dec. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking care of your health is one of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday season, a medical expert suggests.

"This festive time of year can be a lot of fun, but may also hurt our mental and physical health," said Dr. Joseph Cooke, chairman of the department of medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Heart Risks High in Older Cancer Patients Before Diagnosis
FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a significant rise in the risk of heart attack and stroke in older people in the months before they're diagnosed with cancer, a new study finds.

"Our data show there is an associated risk of ischemic stroke and heart attack that begins to increase in the five months before the cancer is officially diagnosed, and peaks  ...more