Friday, December 14, 2018

Rare Mutation Increases Risks of Osteoporosis and Certain Cancers

Scientists from the National University Hospital of Iceland and the University of Iceland together with researchers at deCODE genetics and Illumina, reported today in the journal Nature that they have identified a rare nonsense mutation called leucine-rich-repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 4 (LRG4) that confers high risk of osteoporosis and osteoporosis related traits. The mutation was also found to dramatically increase...

Water-pipe Smoking Exposes Smokers to a Different Risk Profile than Cigarette Smoking: Water-pipe is Not a Safer Alternative

Smoking the 'hookah' or water-pipe has gained popularity outside of its native region in India, Pakistan and the Middle East, and is gaining popularity in North America and Europe. Most 'hookah-smokers' perceive water-pipe smoking to be considerable less hazardous than cigarette smoking because they believe that a water-pipe filters out the toxic components of tobacco. However, results from a...

Higher Levels of Selenium are Associated with a Reduced Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer – May Be Protective

Date presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research held this year in Washington, D.C., from April 6 to 10, shows that a greater level of toenail selenium was associated with a significant decrease in the risk for advanced prostate cancer.Selenium, a trace mineral that is essential to good health and exerts important biological functions....

More than 2% of Melanoma Survivors Still Use Tanning Beds, 27% Skip Sunscreen

Although most survivors of melanoma take precautions to protect their skin from the sun and further occurrences of cancer, data presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10, 2013 revealed that more than a quarter (27%) do not use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour. The...

Higher Costs and Greater Risk for Cancer Patients Due to Drug Shortages: Persisting Shortages Despite Efforts to Fix Problems

A national survey of health professionals showed that drug shortages are taking a heavy toll on cancer patients. The results characterize oncology drug shortages across the United States and the impact of shortages on clinical practice, patient safety, clinical trials, and health care costs. The researchers conclude that shortages may force treatment changes and delays that, for some patients,...

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