Saturday, February 16, 2019

Too Much Coffee Kills You…. or Not?

Is a cups of coffee good or bad for your health? This issue has been examined by many studies and this month two interesting studies try again to present the facts.The first study published in the August 19 online edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week – an average...

Family Members of Children with Cancer may be at Risk: Study Looks at the Implications for Genetic Evaluation in Pediatric Practice

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the first questions the parents ask is "Will my other children get cancer?" A new study from Huntsman Cancer Institute(HCI) at the University of Utah, a member of the National Comprehesive Network(NCCN), suggests the answer to that question depends on whether a family history of cancer exists. The research results...

Incretin Mimetic Drugs may be Linked to an Increased Risk of Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer – First Lawsuit Filed in New York

Earlier this year the FDA started evaluating unpublished reports from a group of academic researchers suggesting an increased risk of pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cellular changes called pancreatic duct metaplasia in patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) treated with a class of drugs called incretin mimetics.In recent years a class of drugs has been introduced for treatment of T2DM that...

Do Spouses of Patients with HPV-positive Oropharyngeal Cancer Have Increased Risk of Oral HPV Infections?

While many spouses of patients diagnosed with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) have anxiety over their own HPV-related cancer risk, a new study, supported by the Johns Hopkins Innovation Fund and the Richard Gelb Cancer Prevention Award, finds that spouses were no more likely to test positive for oral HPV infection than people in the general population.The...

Sleep Disorders and Sleeping Problems Linked to Increased Risk for Prostate Cancer

Men who reported sleep disorders or ongoing sleeping problems, including difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, had up to a twofold increased risk for prostate cancer, according to data published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.Sleep can often be a barometer of your overall health for both men and women....

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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