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White House Wants Prices in Drug Ads, But Big Pharma Fights Back

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent. Under the industry's plan, all TV drug advertisements would include information directing consumers to online resources that provide the drug's list price, estimated out-of-pocket costs for ...

Bug Behind Stomach Cancer Also Linked to Colon Cancer

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 colon or rectal cancer cases in the United States. They found a significant association between rates of these cancers and infection with a virulent strain of H. pylori bacteria that's ...

Smoggy Air Tied to Higher Odds for Mouth Cancers

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says. Middle-aged men living in 64 municipalities throughout Taiwan were more likely to develop oral cancer if they lived in places with high levels of air pollutants, the researchers report. Those exposed to the highest levels of fine particulate matter in the air ...

Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections. Cleaning the dogs with antibacterial shampoo and wipes reduces that risk, according to researchers. The new study included therapy dogs that visit kids receiving outpatient cancer treatment at Johns ...

Clinical Trials Need More Volunteers

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SATURDAY, Oct. 6, 2018 – Although clinical trials are the only way to test the mettle of new drugs and medical devices, just 1 percent of Americans participate in such trials, research experts say. "Participating as a healthy volunteer is one way that individuals can actually contribute to the development of new medications, devices or procedures," said Terry Novchich, director of the Penn State ...

Don't Overlook Heart Care After Cancer Diagnosis

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TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 – Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate. Failure to take anti-clotting drugs can put these patients at increased risk of stroke, the researchers said. "Overall, our data suggest ...

Health Tip: Living With Cancer For Years

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-- With all of the medical advances of the past decades, cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence, the American Cancer Society says. Someone diagnosed with many forms of cancer today has a good chance of living with the disease for many years. Some types of ovarian cancer, lymphoma and leukemia should be treated as chronic illnesses, in a similar way that we treat heart disease or ...

Does Aspirin Help Prevent Liver Cancer?

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FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help. The researchers found that taking two or more standard-dose (325 milligram) pills a week was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of liver cancer. "Regular use of aspirin led to significantly lower risk of developing [liver cancer], compared to infrequent or no ...

Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Raised Risk of Tumors, Cancer Deaths

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer and dying from certain forms of the disease, a new study suggests. However, the researchers noted, the absolute increased risk is low. "Our findings do not suggest that everyone who has diabetes will go on to develop cancer in later life," said study leader Hulda Hrund Bjornsdottir, from the Swedish ...

Therapeutic Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase 1 Trial Against a Range of Cancers

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MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – A personalized vaccine held an aggressive group of cancers in check among more than half of patients who received it in a small, preliminary trial, researchers report. HER2-positive cancers are cancers that have too much of the HER2 protein on their surface. In that setting, a cancer can grow rapidly and be more likely to spread to other areas of the body. Areas known to ...

Doctors Use Bacteria as Weapon Against Cancer

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SUNDAY, Sept. 30, 2018 – It's a perfect case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. A potentially dangerous bacteria appears to target malignant cells and could provide a new means of fighting cancer, a small, preliminary study reports. The bacteria, Clostridium novyi-NT, can cause gas gangrene and sepsis if infection is allowed to run amok in a wound. But when injected into a tumor, Clostridium ...

Most People Don't Know if They Have Genetic Risk for Cancer

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 – Most people carrying genes that put them at risk for cancer don't realize it, new research suggests. Genetic screenings of more than 50,000 people found that more than 80 percent of those who carry a known gene variant for breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancer were unaware of their risk. Researchers noted that most people carrying cancer-associated variants ...

Does Big Pharma Hike Prices When Meds Are in Short Supply?

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – Pharmaceutical companies appear to be engaging in price gouging during drug shortages, with costs rising at double the normal rate when medications are in limited supply, a new study claims. Prices can be expected to rise about 20 percent for drugs facing a shortage, but only about 9 percent for medicines in good supply, researchers report. "It's clear the manufacturers ...

FDA Finds Another Carcinogen in Certain Valsartan Heart Meds

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FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – There's more bad news for Americans who took certain brands of the common blood pressure medication valsartan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned that it has found a second impurity in three lots of Torrent Pharmaceuticals' valsartan drug products, which are used to treat both high blood pressure and heart failure. The FDA first recalled valsartan ...

Timing May Be Critical When Taking Meds

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests. Using new bioinformatics tools, scientists analyzed thousands of human tissue samples and created a database of daily rhythms in human gene activity that includes many genes that regulate how drugs work. The database may help researchers identify the time when giving ...

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