MD Anderson Researcher Reassesses Avastin’s Function In Treating Brain Cancer

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From BioNews TX With the cancer drug Avastin on the ropes after losing FDA support for the treatment of breast cancer two years ago and an increasing chorus of criticism, an MD Anderson researcher has weighed in on where he thinks the drug’s effectiveness lies.  In a recent cancer study conducted at MD Anderson for the initial treatment of glioblastoma, one …

Moderate Alcohol Consumption And Breast Cancer Risk Association

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From A Greenearth A comprehensive study has evaluated the association of moderate alcohol consumption throughout adult life and breast cancer risk. The researchers use prospectively obtained data from the 105,986 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study followed up from 1980 until 2008 with an early adult alcohol assessment and 8 follow ups. The International Scientific Forum of Alcohol Research …

Immunotherapy cancer drugs are breakthrough, but cost is an issue

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An exciting class of new cancer drugs may boost patients’ odds for survival, but healthcare providers and insurers will be under pressure to find savings elsewhere to pay for the high price tags of the new treatments. Doctors at this week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology heard groundbreaking data on a new class of immune system …

U.S. Cancer Patients Suffering From Drug Shortages

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Four out of five U.S. cancer doctors encountered shortages of essential drugs between March and September of 2012, which affected the quality of care they provided and increased treatment costs, new research shows. The survey of 250 cancer doctors across the United States reveals a medical community grappling with ongoing shortages of needed medications, said lead author Dr. Keerthi Gogineni, …

Lessons from a diagnosis of skin cancer

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by J. Leonard Lichtenfeld I have been diagnosed with skin cancer. There really isn’t much special about that, since it is a distinction I share with over 2 million Americans who have a skin cancer removed every year. Fortunately, for most, it is a cancer that is not of particular concern since most can be removed. But even those “simple” …

A nano ray of hope for breast cancer patients

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Amy Fernandes IIT-B prof finds way to reduce drugs toxicity. Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie’s recent double mastectomy may have intensified the debate on breast cancer, but the number of women affected by it only continues to rise. One of the many causes of fatality is the high toxicity of the treatment and the current disability of affected cells to absorb …

High Doses of Common Painkillers May Raise Risk for Heart Trouble

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From Drugs.com People who take high doses of common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) face a greater risk for heart problems, a new analysis shows. Although NSAIDs are used around the world to help people with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, a review of nearly 650 randomized trials found that taking either 2,400 milligrams (mg) of ibuprofen …

Get healthy for a better night’s sleep

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by WRIGHT, JASON ASHLEY Kendra Wright-Smith is an insomniac. “I’ve battled it since college,” she said. Usually, it lasts three to four days, occasionally five. “I have to have someone drive me to work when it happens,” she said. “It’s too dangerous to drive tired.” At one point when she was so sleep-deprived, Smith caught herself once having a conversation …

Kids Poisoned by Medical Marijuana, Study Finds

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Legalizing marijuana may have unintended consequences. Since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado, more than a dozen young children have been unintentionally poisoned with the drug, researchers report. About half the cases resulted from kids eating marijuana-laced cookies, brownies, sodas or candy. In many cases, the marijuana came from their grandparents’ stash, the investigators said. “We are seeing increases in …