Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer – Fox News

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Tim Kenny knew the charity he helped establish to fight childhood cancer wasn’t done raising money, but he thought St. Baldrick’s Foundation had pretty much buried the stigma of baldness that young fighters of the disease once bore. Then, he heard about Kamryn Renfro. The 9-year-old Grand Junction, Colo., girl shaved her head to show solidarity for her pal, Delaney …

Ultrasound microscope identifies cancerous tissue by acoustic profile

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From: MTB Europe Professor Naohiro Hozumi of Toyohashi University of Technology has developed an ultrasonic microscope to differentiate living tissue and cell specimens for medical purposes. Ultrasonic microscopes have a wide range of applications including determining the presence of otherwise invisible defects in components used in the automobile, aeronautical, and construction industries. For medical applications it has advantages over an …

U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

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From: Drugs.com The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. The fastest decline in cancer death risk has been among middle-aged black men, for whom death rates have dropped by about 50 percent, the study …

Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Help Prevent Disease: Review

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From: Drugs.com Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated as a potential cause of diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. Now an extensive review suggests it’s really the other way around: Low levels of the “sunshine vitamin” are more likely a consequence — not a cause — of illness. In their review of almost 500 studies, the researchers found …

The importance of sex in the midst of a cancer diagnosis

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by James C. Salwitz, MD From: KevinMD.com It occurs to me that I talk to my patients more about death and dying, than about sex.  It is not that I lack interest or an appreciation of the importance of intimacy, but like most physicians I fall into the trap of fighting the dread disease, instead of focusing on the wonders …

No Good Data For or Against Taking Vitamins, Experts Say

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From: Drugs.com Even though millions of Americans pop a vitamin, mineral or multivitamin supplement every day, an influential government-appointed panel of experts says the jury is still out on whether they help boost health or not. In its draft guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that in some cases, certain supplements, such as beta carotene or vitamin E, …

BREASTation Presents A Breast Nipple Reconstruction

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One of the most important decisions that a woman will face after a mastectomy is whether to have a breast reconstruction.  What has made this decision even more difficult is not knowing what to expect.  Recent statistics that I have seen indicate that 89% of women who are deciding on reconstruction want to know more about the process.  Therefore, the …

Scarring After Breast Cancer Surgery

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With all of the issues associated with breast cancer surgery, one that does not receive much attention, if any at all, is the scars after breast cancer surgery.  At the time of decision-making before surgery, most of us focus on what needs to be done in order to remove the cancer and selecting a course of treatment that prevents the …

Physicists decode decision circuit of cancer metastasis

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From: Rice University, Office of Public Affairs / News & Media Relations Rice U. research reveals three-way genetic switch for cancer metastasis Cancer researchers from Rice University have deciphered the operating principles of a genetic switch that cancer cells use to decide when to metastasize and invade other parts of the body. The study found that the on-off switch’s dynamics …