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‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

At one year, 69 percent of the patients who received pembrolizumab and chemotherapy were alive, compared with 49 percent of the patients who received chemotherapy alone.

April 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
FDA moves to cut nicotine in cigarettes to help smokers kick habit

FDA moves to cut nicotine in cigarettes to help smokers kick habit

Cigarettes would contain less addictive nicotine — making them less attractive to smokers — under an “unprecedented” plan the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should be recommended for genetic testing did not get it. A quarter of these patients were not counseled about their potential risk, a new study finds. Among those who were tested, fewer than two-thirds met with a counselor before surgery, when results could most influence treatment

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injured Nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.

Injured Nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.

The advisory board is supposed to oversee Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which has been criticized for delaying sick nuclear workers’ claims for years and being deliberately complex and opaque.

March 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health – here’s what the science says

Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health – here’s what the science says

Sugar tends to increase you’re belly fat — visceral fat is especially harmful because it increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But what does the science say about sugar and the raft of other conditions we see in the headlines every other week? Let’s look at two examples: dementia and cancer.

March 10, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Processed food linked to cancer? Uncritical media coverage ignores problems with study

Processed food linked to cancer? Uncritical media coverage ignores problems with study

News stories suggesting we are all going to die from what we eat seem to be very popular. But foods into poisons by stating that individual foods or food groups are “bad” or cause cancer simplifies an extremely complex topic to a point and can be misleading.

February 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

Ultimately, we believe right to try is poised to give the Trump administration a political win on a popular public policy but will do little to change the status quo for terminally ill patients. Some opponents say, if anything, it could give terminally ill patients false hope for new access to drugs they already can obtain through existing FDA policy.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

A growing number of women are being asked if they want to have a three-dimensional (3-D) mammography in addiction to the standard to the two-dimensional (2-D) screening. What’s not yet clear is whether this newer, more expensive technology is better at catching cancers that are likely to kill.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
The painful side of positive health care marketing

The painful side of positive health care marketing

As Wallace’s cancer has progressed over the past seven years, she has become more critical of what she sees as excessive positivity in health care marketing. It’s everywhere: TV ads, radio commercials, billboards. The advertisements feature happy, healed patients and tell stories of miraculous recoveries.

October 25, 2017 | By | Reply More