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  • Doctors Should Routinely Screen Every Adult Over Age 50 For Colon Cancer

    March 22, 2017

    Doctors should routinely screen every adult over age 50 for colon cancer Universal screening of everyone over age 50 for colon cancer could prevent 32,000 deaths a year.  But nearly 40% of those adults are not receiving screening from their doctors.  In 2008, there were 22 million people over age 59 that have not been […]

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  • Far More African Americans Die From Cancer Than White Americans

    March 22, 2017

    Stat: Far More African Americans Die From Cancer Than White Americans The gap in cancer mortality rates between African Americans and white Americans remains as wide as it was in 1981, according to a recent study published by the American Cancer Society.  According to the report, blacks are more likely to develop cancer and to […]

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  • Alert Research Followup Links Hormone Replacement Therapy To Excess Breast Cancer Risks

    March 22, 2017

    Alert: research follow-up links hormone replacement therapy to excess breast cancer risks Researchers continue to try to determine how Estrogen-Progestin Hormone Therapy affects risk of breast cancer and breast cancer deaths.  In an important research development, the eleven-year follow-up to the Women’s Health Initiative shows marginally higher breast cancer death rates in women who took […]

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  • New Predictor Of Heart Trouble Kidney Disease

    March 22, 2017

    New Predictor of Heart Trouble: Protein in the Urine According to a new study published in the open access medical journel PLoS Medicine, patients who suffer from certain types of kidney disease are at increased risk of heart attack and heart disease.  The study demonstrated that patients with proteinurea (increased levels of protein in the […]

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  • Many Heart Patients Being Stented Unnecessarily

    March 22, 2017

    Many Heart Patients Being Stented Unnecessarily A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that many people with clogged heart arteries are being overtreated with stents and that a simple blood-flow test can help prevent unnecessary stenting.  By using the blood-flow test, called fractional flow reserve, to decide when a stent […]

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  • Pitt Researchers Find Promising Candidate Protein For Cancer Prevention Vaccines

    March 22, 2017

    Pitt Researchers Find Promising Candidate Protein For Cancer Prevention Vaccines According to a study published last month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine learned that some healthy people naturally developed an immune response against a protein that is made in excess levels […]

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  • New Breast Cancer Drug Approved By FDA – Her 2 Positive Late Stage Breast Cancer

    March 22, 2017

    New Breast Cancer Drug Approved by FDA — HER-2 Positive Late Stage Breast Cancer Ado-trastuzumab emtansine, an antibody-drug conjugate marketed as Kadcyla, has been approved by the FDA to treat HER2-positive late-stage (metastatic) breast cancer.  The drug — known as T-DM1 during clinical trials — is indicated for patients who didn’t respond to treatment with […]

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  • New Guidelines For Cervical Cancer Tests

    March 22, 2017

    New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Tests New guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) push back the age of first screenings for cervical cancer and recommends screenings be done less often.  Cervical cancer is caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus or HPV. According to the new guidelines, women should have […]

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  • Reconstructive Surgery Options For Women With Breast Cancer

    March 22, 2017

    Doctors Failing to Inform Women with Breast Cancer of Reconstructive Surgery Options The New York Times recently examined reconstructive breast surgery options provided to cancer patients undergoing mastectomies.   According to the Times, despite recent advances in reconstructive breast surgery procedures, many plastic surgeons are failing to inform women about the extent of their reconstruction […]

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  • Ct Scans Of Brain Radiation Overdoses Under Investigation

    March 22, 2017

    CT scans of the brain — radiation overdoses under investigation The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports that patients undergoing CT brain perfusion scans were exposed to excess radiation. One common use of CT brain imaging is for patients who are suspected of suffering a stroke.  The radiation overdose problem appears to […]

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