From Prescription Drug ‘Samples’ To Addiction: One Doctor’s Journey To Hell And Back

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The painful truth: Physicians are not invincible when it comes to drug addiction. Dr. Steven Farber was on top of his career as a respected cardiologist when, suffering from professional burnout after twenty-five years of taking care of acutely ill patients, this passionate doctor discovered medicated bliss through prescription drug samples that were constantly being brought to his office. This …

New non-invasive test for prostate cancer may identify severity of tumor also

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From MedCity News Exosome Diagnostic, Inc., has developed a revolutionary non-invasive approach to molecular diagnostic testing that is gaining popularity, especially in the field of prostate cancer detection and prognosis. The company, based in New York, was founded in 2008 and has licensed its proprietary exosome technology from Massachusetts General Hospital for use in the development of novel biofluid-based in …

Instant breast cancer test will spare thousands an anxious wait

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By Laura Donnelly and Agencies An instant test which could spare thousands of women the agony of waiting weeks to find out if breast cancer has spread has been approved for use by the NHS. Currently, women diagnosed with with early stage invasive breast cancer undergo a biopsy of their lymph nodes during surgery to remove tumours in the breast. …

Breast cancer prevention needs strong partnership – BCI

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Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of Breast Care International (BCI), has called for stronger partnerships and collaboration to create the expected awareness on breast and other cancers in the country. She said the breast cancer disease and its attendant fatalities demanded concerted efforts by individuals, organisations and government to aid early detection and treatment. Dr Wiafe Addai said this …

Breast cancer striking women in their 20s and 30s

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By Annie Goodman I hate cliches. This is the only one I find acceptable: knowledge is power. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 30 years old on February 29, 2012, I was completely in shock. I assumed the palpable lump I felt in my breast was a benign cyst and I had nothing to worry about. It literally …

The Next Generation of “Patient-Centered”

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By Kameron Gifford, CPC Imagine a sustainable model of healthcare that could “touch” and engage every consumer. A system created for the patient and delivered on their own terms; a continually evolving structure that could simultaneously satisfy all the needs of patients, providers and payers. A design in which each stake holder adds value to the next.  This next generation …

Discovery May Help Pinpoint Risk of Lung Cancer Returning After Surgery

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From Drugs.com Certain characteristics of tumors in lung cancer patients are associated with a strong risk of cancer recurrence after surgery, according to a new study. The researchers said these findings could help identify patients who will benefit from more extensive lung surgery, potentially reducing the risk of lung cancer recurrence by 75 percent. It could also help identify patients …

New Clues to Fibromyalgia’s Causes

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From Drugs About half of fibromyalgia patients have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN), a small new study finds. Fibromyalgia is characterized by symptoms such as pain and tenderness, fatigue, and sleep and memory problems. The disorder has no known causes and few effective treatments. The study of 27 …

Mental Health Services Should Be Part of Emergency Disaster Care: Review

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From Drugs.com Comprehensive mental health services — including diagnosis and treatment — should be an integral part of emergency medical services after disasters, say researchers who analyzed 222 published studies on the issue. Unlike physical injuries, mental health problems following disasters may not be obvious in victims, according to the authors of the review published in the Aug. 7 issue …

Sanford-Burnham researchers map a new metabolic pathway involved in cell growth and implicated in cancer as well as metabolic disorders

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Deciphering the body’s complex molecular pathways that lead to disease when they malfunction is highly challenging. Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute now have a more complete picture of one particular pathway that can lead to cancer and diabetes. In the study published by Molecular Cell, the scientists uncovered how a protein called p62 has a cascade affect in regulating …