Experimental ‘iKnife’ Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

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From Drugs.com An experimental surgical “knife” can accurately identify cancerous tissue as a surgeon cuts through it, creating the potential for shorter cancer surgeries that remove all traces of tumor, according to a study co-written by the device’s developers. The “iKnife” uses electricity to cauterize surgical incisions as they are made, and then samples the resulting smoke to determine whether …

Aspirin Every Other Day May Lower Women’s Colon Cancer Risk

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From Drugs.com Taking a low-dose aspirin every other day may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study that focused on nearly 40,000 women aged 45 and older. The protection does seem to take some time to surface, said researcher Nancy Cook, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “After 10 years, …

Firing your doctor carries emotional weight

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Jessie Gruman, PhD As posted on KevinMD.com Last week, a friend told me that her mother had been fired as a patient by her primary care physician in a letter she received in the mail. “Our philosophies of care are too different,” was the explanation. Last week, I fired my oncologist by email. “I have transferred my care to ___ …

A low salt diet for high blood pressure: Where’s the evidence?

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Albert Fuchs, MD Posted on KevinMD.com We know that people with high cholesterol have a higher risk for strokes and heart attacks than people with low cholesterol. So if a medicine lowers cholesterol it should also lower the frequency of strokes and heart attacks too. Right? Not necessarily. Estrogen lowers cholesterol and doesn’t lower stroke or heart attack risk. We …

Meditation Can Change Your Genes

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From The Emotion Machine Author: Steven Handel Meditation has existed as a form of mental training for thousands of years, but it’s only recently that psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered just how much of a change it can make in our lives. Last year UCLA researchers found that those who had a long-term practice in meditation showed structural changes in …

Scientists Use HIV to ‘Cure’ 2 Rare Genetic Diseases

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From Drugs.com Turning a medical foe into a therapeutic friend, Italian scientists say they used a piece of HIV to cure two rare genetic diseases affecting children. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Gene therapy using the technique proved effective in three children with metachromatic leukodystrophy and three others with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. After three years of treatment, all of …

New drug treats breast cancer

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The Walter And Eliza Hall Institute Breast cancer researchers Dr Delphine Merino, Dr François Vaillant, Professor Geoff Lindeman, Professor Jane Visvader and colleagues have shown that BH3-mimetic anti-cancer compounds were effective in treating aggressive breast cancers when combined with a conventional chemotherapy drug. Melbourne researchers have discovered that anti-cancer compounds currently in clinical trials for some types of leukaemia could …

Could Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain?

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From Drugs.com Artificial sweeteners appear to disturb the body’s ability to count calories and, as a result, diet foods and drinks may wind up encouraging weight gain rather than weight loss, an expert contends. These sweeteners may also increase the risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes, some evidence suggests. In an opinion piece published July 10 in …

Glaucoma Screening Not for Everyone: Experts

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From Drugs.com Not enough evidence exists to recommend that primary-care doctors screen for glaucoma in adults who do not have vision problems, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Although there are many new treatments for glaucoma, the task force concluded there is too little evidence available to determine how best to screen for and diagnose glaucoma in adults …

‘Obamacare’ Individual Mandate Stands: What You Need to Know Before October

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As posted on Healthline.com Written by Brian Krans The Department of Health and Human Services has redesigned its website to walk people through healthcare changes they’ll encounter under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act beginning in October. After years of debate, pandering, lawsuits, and grumbling, the mandatory coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as …