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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hearst investment to aid cancer research
Wednesday, September 20, 201
San Francisco Chronicle
By Chris Bosak

NEW YORK — Hearst announced on Wednesday a $75 million equity investment in M2Gen, a health data and information subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center, to help accelerate the discovery of cancer therapies and improve care for patients nationwide.

The funding will expand efforts of the nation’s fi  ...more
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences
TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer therapies often change patients' sense of taste, which may affect what they like to eat, according to a nutrition expert.

"Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste," said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Usually, the type of t  ...more
Monday, September 18, 2017
Aliqopa Approved for Follicular Lymphoma
THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aliqopa (copanlisib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with relapsed follicular lymphoma who have received at least two prior treatments with certain other drugs.

Follicular lymphoma is a slow-growing cancer of the lymph system of the type known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. More than 72  ...more
Monday, September 18, 2017
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall
THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before, but as the population ages, even more will develop the disease.

That's the good and bad news from the 2017 Cancer Progress Report from the American Association for Cancer Research, released Wednesday.

According to the report, the cancer death rate dropped 35 percent   ...more
Monday, September 18, 2017
Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A breast cancer patient's choice of surgeon can have a major effect on her treatment, according to a new study.

That's because surgeons have a strong influence on whether early stage cancer patients have both breasts removed even when cancer is found in only one breast -- a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mast  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Widening Waistlines May Raise Women's Cancer Risk
TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excess belly fat increases older women's risk of some cancers, new research suggests.

Researchers followed nearly 5,900 Danish postmenopausal women for up to 12 years and found that abdominal fat was a bigger factor than body weight when it came to the risk of lung and gastrointestinal cancers.

The study was presented Se  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses
TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neck masses are common in adults, but the cause is often hard to pinpoint. Now, doctors have a new guideline to help them make that call.

The guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery dovetails with a rise in head and neck cancers related to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Cancer Drugs' High Prices Not Justified by Cost of Development, Study Contends
TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excusing the sky-high price tags of many new cancer treatments, pharmaceutical companies often blame high research and development (R&D) costs.

But a new analysis, focused on 10 new cancer drugs, finds those costs may have been greatly exaggerated -- and the return on investment for drug companies is lucrative indeed.

Th  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel
TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An influential U.S. panel of health experts is boosting support for the HPV test as a routine part of cervical cancer screening.

The independent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) -- which issues closely heeded guidelines on a range of medical issues -- says the test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be used   ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma
MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that Opdivo -- a drug that works with the immune system to fight melanoma -- is more effective than the current standard of care for patients who've had surgery to remove advanced tumors.

The international study was funded by Opdivo's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and included more than 900 patients with  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Obamacare Paid Off for Poorer Cancer Patients
FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of poor, newly diagnosed cancer patients without health insurance fell in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but remained high elsewhere, according to a new study.

The American Cancer Society study also found a small increase in early stage diagnosis of some common cancers in Medi  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
HPV Vaccine May Even Protect Women Who Never Got It
FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer adult women are becoming infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a trend that includes females who have never received the HPV vaccine, a new study reports.

It appears that enough women have gotten the HPV vaccine to create "herd immunity" that will provide some protection to females who go unvaccinated, said lead res  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay
THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For reducing colon cancer risk, whole grains and regular exercise are a must, while processed meats and alcohol should be limited, a large research review finds.

Three servings (about 3 ounces) a day of whole grains -- such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread -- may lower colon cancer risk by 17 percent, according to a new r  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
'Cancer Pen' Could Help Surgeons Spot Tumor Cells in Seconds
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new "cancer pen" promises to help surgeons immediately detect and completely remove cancerous tumor tissue, without having to send samples off to a lab for testing while the patient languishes on the table.

The MasSpec Pen is a hand-held device that allows doctors to test in real-time whether tissue is cancerous or not,   ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Could the Zika Virus Help Battle a Deadly Brain Cancer?
TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus is well known for causing devastating brain defects in fetuses. But what if scientists could use that ability to do something good?

Researchers report that they think they might be able to harness the virus' attraction to developing brain cells -- instead of adult brain cells -- as a potential treatment for a   ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
FDA OKs Return of Once-Withdrawn Leukemia Drug
FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an altered dose of the drug Mylotarg to treat a distinctive type of acute myeloid leukemia -- CD33-positive AML.

An earlier version of the drug had been withdrawn from the market when health risks started to emerge.

Known generically as gemtuzumab ozogamicin, the dru  ...more
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Science Weighs in On How Fat Raises Cancer Risk
FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have known for years that obesity can rise cancer risk, but how? Now, new research offers clues to how fat cells encourage tumors.

The issue is an important one, the study author said.

"Obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide, and is now also recognized as one of the major risk factors for cancer, with 16 d  ...more
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Moles Not Most Likely Spot for Melanomas
TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what you might think, moles are not the most likely place for a deadly melanoma to develop, a new analysis shows.

In fact, a review of 38 previously published medical studies involving more than 20,000 melanomas showed that only 29 percent of the skin cancers started in moles patients already had, while 71 percen  ...more
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Drug May Fight Heart Disease in Whole New Way
Drug May Fight Heart Disease in Whole New Way

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Move over, statins: New research finds that a medication aimed at dampening the body's inflammatory response may be a new tool to curb heart disease.

The findings were presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and published in tw  ...more
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Caregiving Needs Double as End of Life Nears
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reliance on caregivers doubles as people near death, and half of those caregivers -- typically unpaid family members -- report having no time for themselves, a new study indicates.

The research used a nationally representative sample of about 2,400 older adults in the United States. The study authors found that caregivers pr  ...more
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Could Common Vitamin Supplements Raise Lung Cancer Risk?
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men, and especially male smokers, appear to be more likely to develop lung cancer if they take high doses of vitamins B6 and B12, new research suggests.

For men taking these vitamin supplements, the risk of lung cancer was nearly doubled. For men who smoked, the risk was between three and four times higher, the study found.   ...more
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Study Supports Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How frequently should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84.

"Screening annually starting at age 40 is the best strategy to avert an early breast cancer death," said study co-author R. Edward Hendrick, a r  ...more
Monday, August 21, 2017
FDA May Limit 'Risk Info' in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads
FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may shorten the list of caveats for drugs you see advertised on television.

Prescription drug makers must now mention all benefits and risks in direct-to-consumer advertising, presenting viewers with a litany of potential harms, both major and minor. But a new approach being considered co  ...more
Monday, August 21, 2017
Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests.

The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu.

By reviewing these DNA fragments for mutations found in 58  ...more
Monday, August 21, 2017
Is FDA Taking Close Enough Look at Fast-Tracked Drugs?
TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cutting-edge drugs and updated medical devices are not receiving the rigorous scientific scrutiny needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness, two new studies contend.

Medications fast-tracked to market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "accelerated approval" process are not receiving proper follow-up cl  ...more
Monday, August 21, 2017
Heart Risks May Rise After Cancer Diagnosis
TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if people newly diagnosed with cancer don't have enough to worry about, a new study suggests the diagnosis may put their hearts at risk, too.

The study found that newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for a condition called arterial thromboembolism, which occurs when blood flow is blocked by a clot that's   ...more
Monday, August 21, 2017
Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer
MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified specific gene combinations that can cause the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma in mice.

Using new technology that can also identify genetic triggers of other cancers, a Yale University-led team assessed the impact of mutations in more than 1,500 genetic combinations. They reported findin  ...more
Monday, August 21, 2017
Cancer Takes Financial Toll, Even With Insurance
THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer patients in the United States are shocked by their out-of-pocket costs for care -- with some spending one-third of their income on treatment, a new study finds.

The study looked at the financial toll of cancer treatment on people who have health insurance. The vast majority in the study had private insurance or   ...more
Thursday, August 10, 2017
For Cancer Patients in the ER, Delirium Linked to Poor Outcomes
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Advanced cancer patients diagnosed with delirium in the emergency department are more likely to be hospitalized and to die earlier than those without delirium, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at nearly 250 people with advanced cancer who were seen in the emergency department at the University of Texas MD Anderson Canc  ...more
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Blood Test Can Screen for Rare Sinus Cancer, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new DNA blood test can catch a rare but deadly form of cancer that occurs in the sinuses, researchers report.

The test, which looks for DNA evidence of Epstein-Barr virus in blood samples, was 97 percent accurate at detecting the presence of nasopharyngeal cancer, according to the results of a clinical trial.

"I believ  ...more
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