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Tighter Rules on Arsenic in Water Saved Lives: Study

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – U.S. government limits on arsenic in drinking water has likely averted hundreds of cases of lung and bladder cancer annually, a new study suggests. After the Environmental Protection Agency introduced tighter limits on arsenic in public drinking water in 2006, there was a 17 percent decrease in levels of arsenic in the urine of people served by public water systems that ...

2 Million Americans May Have Arsenic in Their Well Water

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – As many as 2 million Americans may be drinking well water that contains potentially dangerous amounts of arsenic, a new government study warns. The analysis, conducted by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measured arsenic levels in private wells across the United States. Study author Joseph ...

Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Public-funded trials have significantly extended the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, according to new research. SWOG, the clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), has involved more than 200,000 patient volunteers. These trials have led to approval of 14 new cancer drugs and more than 100 changes to cancer care standards. All told, ...

Possible Drawback to Gluten-Free: Toxic Metals

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – America's love affair with gluten-free foods may come at a cost: greater intake of the toxic metals arsenic and mercury, a new study contends. "These results indicate that there could be unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet," said study author Maria Argos of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Gluten-free products often contain rice flour as a ...

U.S. Pays Highest Prices for Cancer Meds: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – The United States pays the highest prices in the world for generic and brand-name cancer drugs, a new study has found. However, as the world's wealthiest nation, the United States is better able to pay for those pricey drugs than poorer countries with somewhat lower medication prices, added study lead author Dr. Daniel Goldstein. People in China and India are much less ...

'Precision' Cancer Treatment May Extend Lives

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – "Precision" cancer treatment that's guided by genetic clues from the patient's own tumor appears to outperform traditional chemotherapy, a new research review finds. Patients given precision – or personalized – treatment experienced a tumor shrinkage rate six times that attained by regular chemotherapy. But, that only happened if doctors used genetic information to ...

Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – Arsenic in drinking water from private wells may explain the elevated bladder cancer risk among people in three New England states, a new study suggests. Bladder cancer rates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been about 20 percent higher than the national rate for more than 50 years, the researchers noted. They said this difference was not explained by factors such ...

Babies Fed Rice-Based Cereals Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Parents commonly give rice to their babies as a first food. Now, researchers say infants fed rice-based foods may have significantly higher "inorganic" arsenic concentrations in their urine than babies who never eat rice. The highest arsenic concentrations were found in infants who frequently ate baby rice cereal, with levels more than three times that of babies who ...

FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

Posted 2 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – A proposed limit on "inorganic" arsenic in infant rice cereal was announced Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Infant rice cereal is a leading source of arsenic exposure in babies, the agency said, since arsenic can find its way into rice from natural sources or from fertilizers and pesticides. The proposed limit is 100 parts per billion, which is similar to ...

Arsenic Exposure in Womb Linked to Respiratory Risks in Babies

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Babies exposed to high levels of arsenic in the womb are at increased risk for infections and respiratory symptoms in their first year of life, a new study suggests. Researchers measured levels of arsenic in 412 pregnant women in New Hampshire whose homes had private wells. For a year after their babies were born, the women were surveyed every four months about the number ...

U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Soaring costs for cancer drugs are hurting patient care in the United States, a group of top oncologists claim. "High cancer-drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Tefferi and his colleagues made a number of recommendations ...

Placenta Test Measures Babies' Exposure to Arsenic

Posted 7 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – A pregnant woman's placenta can reliably measure exposure to the toxic metal arsenic in both the mother and her unborn baby, new research finds. "Our findings show placental arsenic concentrations reflect both maternal and fetal biomarker concentrations," said the study's lead author, Tracy Punshon, a research assistant professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth ...

Mountain Dwellers in Argentina Have Adapted to High Arsenic Levels

Posted 13 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 – A new study appears to offer the first evidence of people adapting to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic. Arsenic – the killer used by many murder mystery villains – is most toxic to young children and people in their prime reproductive years. The ability to metabolize arsenic quickly may been the difference between life and death in ancient times, said study leader ...

Arsenic in Well Water Can Raise Level in Baby Formula: Study

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 – The water used to mix baby formula plays the biggest role in whether formula-fed babies are exposed to increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study. Families that use well water instead of municipal water may need to check it for arsenic levels since well water is not regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the study authors suggested. The study ...

Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 – Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren't getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can lead to fractures. To reduce this risk, men can be given oral ...

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