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New Research Debunks Two Medical Marijuana Myths

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Mention legalizing medical marijuana, and people often think two things: This will prompt teens to think marijuana use is OK, and more will start using it. Legalizing marijuana will reduce the number of adults overdosing on opioids. As it turns out, neither has proven to be true, according to new research. Since medical marijuana first became legal in California in ...

Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

Posted 2 days 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid-2015. The investigators found that a significant number of early trials reported effects that were 2.7 times greater than ...

Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life and help manage the symptoms of a serious iilness, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The focus is on keeping a person comfortable and happy, and can be provided alongside treatment. Palliative care can be provided in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, residences and hospitals, and often is covered by private insurance, ...

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly smoked only cigarettes had double the risk of death in that time frame, from whatever the ...

Another Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise In Mice

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – In what researchers call a first step toward personalized vaccines for a multitude of cancers, a vaccine made from stem cells protected mice from tumors. The vaccine was composed of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) – which are adult cells that have been reverted back into stem cells. They are similar to the primitive cells found in embryos, and they have the ...

Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets. The study is the first to assess how ...

New Treatment Apalutamide (Erleada) Approved for Prostate Cancer That Resists Hormone Therapy

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Erleada (apalutamide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat non-spreading prostate cancer that continues to grow despite hormone therapy. Prostate cancer is the second-most-common form of the disease among men in the United States, the National Cancer Institute says. More than 161,000 men were diagnosed in 2017, and nearly 27,000 men were ...

Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – If you worry about ever getting cancer, you might want to pass on the processed foods at your supermarket. Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests. Breast cancer, in particular, was associated with greater consumption of ...

Cellphones Pose Little Cancer Risk, Studies Suggest

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Your odds for getting cancer from your cellphone are slim – but U.S. government researchers report that they can't completely rule out the possibility. Two new studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) exposed rodents to radiofrequency radiation levels equal to or higher than those emitted during regular cellphone use. The studies tied tumors in the heart ...

California May Slap Cancer Warning on Coffee, But Should Java Lovers Panic?

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – A lawsuit working its way through California's courts could mean that the Golden State's coffee shops might have to post cancer warnings for the beloved beverage. But cancer and toxicology experts say that's no reason to avoid your morning cup of Joe. The lawsuit, first filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010, was brought against a number of companies by a ...

Cancer 'Vaccine' Rids Body of Multiple Cancer Types -- in Mice

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Could a cancer "vaccine" fight more than one kind of malignancy? A new study in mice suggests it's possible: A shot containing two compounds that stimulate the immune system was injected directly into tumors and killed those cancer cells. Not only that, it also destroyed rogue cells from the tumors that had already traveled to other sites in the rodents' bodies, ...

Health Tip: Select the Right Cancer Team

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- If you've been diagnosed with cancer, choosing the medical team that will treat you is a hugely important decision. The American Cancer Society offers these suggestions: Ask the doctor who diagnoses you where he or she would recommend going for treatment. Consult with family and friends who have had cancer to see what they'd suggest. Identify a cancer center that has a history of treating ...

Cancer Survival Rates Vary Across the World

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Cancer survival rates are improving worldwide, but poorer countries are seeing less improvement than wealthier ones, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from 2000 to 2014 to assess five-year cancer survival rates among 37.5 million children and adults diagnosed with one of 18 common cancers. These patients were from 71 countries and territories. After taking ...

FDA Approves Lutathera (lutetium Lu 177 dotatate) for Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

January 26, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lutathera (lutetium Lu 177 dotatate) for the treatment of a type of cancer that affects the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract called gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). This is the first time a radioactive drug, or radiopharmaceutical, has been approved for the treatment of GEP-NETs. Lutathera is ...

Nicotine in E-Cigarettes Might Cause Cancers, Mouse Study Suggests

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – The nicotine in e-cigarettes seems to damage DNA in ways that may increase cancer risk, a new study in mice suggests. The damage was seen both to DNA and its ability to repair itself, making cells more likely to mutate and develop into cancer, said lead researcher Moon-shong Tang, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine. If ...

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