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Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Posted 23 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Women need to be aware their risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. Half of all cases affect women age 63 or older, according to specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. However, the center reminds all women to be aware of other risk factors for the disease, as well as common ovarian cancer warning signs, such as: Belly bloating or swelling, Lower belly pain, Back pain, Trouble eating or feeling full quickly, Unexplained weight loss, Pain during sex, Menstrual changes, A change in bathroom habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or having to urinate very badly or very often. "While these symptoms are common and may be caused by something other than ovarian cancer, I advise women to take them seriously," said Dr. Christina Chu, a Fox Chase gynecologic oncologist. "A woman knows what is normal for her own body. If her symptoms don't seem ... Read more

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Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

Posted 2 days 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act could deprive 18 million Americans of insurance in the first year, a new report concludes. That number would jump to 32 million by 2026, according to a new report from the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Moreover, insurance premiums could double over 10 years if significant provisions of the health care law were repealed, the budget office determined. President-elect Donald Trump and other Republicans have pledged to dismantle the controversial health care law, often called Obamacare, which was passed in 2010. While the Republican-controlled Congress passed a measure last week that sets a repeal effort into motion, a replacement plan has not yet been presented. For the new report, the budget office predicted the likely effects of a replacement act that was approved by Congress in 2015 but vetoed by ... Read more

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Monkey Study Boosts Theory That Fewer Calories Can Extend Life

Posted 2 days 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – A calorie-restricted diet helps monkeys live longer, healthier lives, a new study suggests. Previously, research teams from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducted separate calorie-restricted diet studies on rhesus monkeys. But the two teams had different findings. In 2009, the UW-Madison study team concluded that a calorie-restricted diet led to significant benefits in survival and reductions in cancer, heart disease and insulin resistance for monkeys. Meanwhile, a 2012 NIA study found that restricting calories in the diet didn't significantly improve survival. But the NIA study said that calorie restriction did improve health. The conflicting outcomes "cast a shadow of doubt" on how calorie restriction might help to understand aging, said study co-corresponding author Rozalyn Anderson, an associate ... Read more

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House Joins Senate in Bid to Repeal Obamacare

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday afternoon to join the Senate in passing a measure to protect efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from a possible Senate filibuster. The Senate took the first step in the process early Thursday morning. The quick action in both houses of Congress puts Republicans in position to gut the controversial health reform law often called Obamacare. The House passed the measure by a 227-198 margin, with no Democrats voting in favor of it, USA Today reported. Republicans have been trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act as soon as President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010. Friday's measure calls for four House and Senate committees to draw up repeal legislation. Republican leaders plan to then use that language to repeal major parts of the law, according to The New York Times. Although the GOP has said a ... Read more

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Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals. In 2014, there were many potentially preventable deaths among rural Americans, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from accidental injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease and 4,000 from stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This new study shows there is a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans. To close this gap, we are working to better understand and address the health threats that put rural Americans at increased risk of early death," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. About 46 million Americans – 15 percent of the nation's population – live in rural areas. Several factors – ... Read more

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Senate Starts Obamacare Repeal Process

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate took the first step early Thursday morning of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health reform law that has been a centerpiece of the Obama administration. By a 51-48 vote, a GOP-backed budget resolution sets a Jan. 27 deadline for a draft of a repeal of what is commonly called Obamacare. A House vote on the resolution could happen as early as Friday, The New York Times reported. The Senate resolution avoids the possibility of a filibuster by Democrats on any repeal legislation. The resolution creates special budget rules that would allow the repeal vote to proceed with a simple majority in the 100-member Senate, instead of 60 votes, the Associated Press reported. Some Republicans in Congress have said they are wary of repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement health care plan at the ... Read more

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'Chemo Brain' Lasts for Months in Many Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – "Chemo brain" – the mental fog common after breast cancer treatment – can persist for six months, new research shows. The finding comes from one of the largest studies to date to look at chemotherapy-related thinking problems that plague many women treated for breast cancer. Those problems can include memory lapses, attention issues and difficulty processing information. When researchers compared hundreds of U.S. women six months after chemotherapy ended with hundreds of healthy women, they found more than one-third of the chemotherapy group had a decline in thinking scores versus less than 15 percent of the others. "The bottom line is, this is a real problem, patients are having difficulties and we need to acknowledge it is one of the difficulties of treatment," said Dr. Patricia Ganz. Ganz is director of cancer prevention and control research at the ... Read more

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Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Smoking kills about 6 million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, a new report says. But, billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to the report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Besides reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, such tobacco-control policies could raise large amounts of money for governments to use for health and economic development, the study authors said. "The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, is huge, as this new report shows," said Dr. Oleg Chestnov. He is WHO's assistant director-general for noncommunicable diseases and mental health. "The tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions of people ... Read more

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Lots of Red Meat May Be Tied to Gut Disorder in Men

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Men who eat a lot of red meat may have a higher risk of a painful inflammatory condition of the colon, a new study suggests. The disorder, called diverticulitis, causes severe abdominal pain, nausea and constipation. And it can lead to complications such as tears or blockages in the colon. The new study found that men who ate the most red meat were 58 percent more likely to develop diverticulitis, compared to men who ate the least. The findings don't prove cause-and-effect, stressed senior researcher Dr. Andrew Chan, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. On the other hand, he said, there are already reasons to think about cutting down on red meat. Heavy consumption has been tied to higher risks of heart disease and certain cancers, Chan pointed out. "This study offers one more reason to consider limiting the red meat in your diet," ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Cancer death rates in the United States have dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, a new report reveals. The finding was drawn from the American Cancer Society's latest cancer incidence and mortality estimates, which indicate that in 2017, close to 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and about 600,000 U.S. cancer patients will die. "The drop in cancer mortality is primarily the result of large declines in the four major causes of cancer death – lung, colorectal, breast and prostate – which account for almost half of all cancer deaths," noted report author Rebecca Siegel. She is strategic director for surveillance and health services research at the cancer society. "This progress is driven by declines in smoking prevalence beginning in the 1960s, and improvements in the early detection of cancer and cancer treatment," Siegel explained. The ... Read more

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Artificial 'Voice Box' Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – An artificial "voice box" has provided long-term relief for a throat cancer patient in France The 56-year-old man can now speak with an intelligible whisper and breathe normally, said lead researcher Nihal Engin Vrana. The patient, who lives in Alsace, received the implant in 2015. He has lived well with it for longer than 16 months, said Vrana, vice president of Protip Medical, the French company that created the artificial larynx. "This is the first time a patient has had the implant long-term and resumed certain functions such as breathing and voice, thus considerably improving his quality of life," Vrana said. The patient also has a fully restored sense of smell, which had been compromised by removal of his larynx, researchers said. The larynx serves two main functions. It contains the vocal cords necessary for speech. The organ also features an upper ... Read more

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Powerful Drug for Advanced Cancers May Need Less Frequent Dosing

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – Use of a bone cancer drug once every three months, instead of monthly, does not boost the risk of bone problems over two years, a new study finds. That could reduce side effects from the drug, known as zoledronic acid (Zometa), and increase cost savings, the researchers said. The drug is used to treat the spread of breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma to the bone. Current guidelines suggest that zoledronic acid be given intravenously every three to four weeks to reduce cancer-linked pain, as well as the risk of bone problems, such as broken bones. However, the drug comes with its own, often serious, side effects. "It can cause flu-like symptoms and bone pain in the short term," noted one oncologist, Dr. Jane Carleton. She's associate chief of clinical affairs at Northwell Health Cancer Institute in Lake Success, N.Y. According to Carleton, ... Read more

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Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to help you settle into the new year with a new attitude toward cancer prevention: Get screened. "Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history or getting older," said Dr. Namrata Vijayvergia, assistant professor in the center's department of hematology/oncology. "That's why getting regular recommended cancer screenings may be just as important as living a healthy lifestyle." Screening tests are available for many forms of cancer. Ask your doctor when to begin and how often to be screened. Follow a healthy diet. Excess weight boosts the risk of cancer in the breast, colon and rectum, the lining of the uterus, as ... Read more

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Experimental Drug Selumentinib Shows Promise for Disfiguring Tumor Condition

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – An experimental drug has shown promise in treating benign, but disfiguring, tumors caused by a genetic disorder. The oral medication, selumentinib, caused tumors to shrink in 17 of 24 children afflicted with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), researchers reported. This disorder produces noncancerous tumors of the peripheral nerves called plexiform neurofibromas, explained senior author Dr. Brigitte Widemann, chief of pediatric oncology for the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research. These tumors can occur anywhere in the body, and they can grow so large that they can cause pain, disability and disfigurement, Widemann said. "You might see a baby and you think the face is completely symmetric," Widemann said. "By one year of age you see one cheek is larger, and by three years it is a very disfiguring tumor that might also affect swallowing, ... Read more

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Chemo Drug May Combat Serious Brain Tumor After All

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – Some patients with a deadly brain tumor may respond to drugs previously believed to be ineffective against the cancer, a new study says. The findings highlight the importance of properly categorizing glioblastoma tumors in order to best tailor treatment to each patient, according to the researchers. Glioblastoma tumors are diagnosed in about 12,000 people in the United States each year. Half of patients with this type of tumor die within 15 months of diagnosis, the researchers said. There was hope that lives could be extended with a class of chemotherapy drugs called anti-angiogenic compounds. These drugs were designed to block the growth of new blood vessels in the tumor in an attempt to starve the tumor of oxygen and nutrients. But recently published findings from two large clinical trials concluded that an anti-angiogenic drug called bevacizumab did not ... Read more

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