The tension between oncology and palliative care

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From KevinMD.com One of the benefits of being an oncologist is that, as a rule, people appreciate our work.  That does not mean they want to hear about our day, and the response when someone learns my vocation is rarely, “Hey, that’s sounds like fun!” Nonetheless, at least there is a modicum of respect.  However, I found a group of …

CDC: Prescription Painkillers More Lethal Than Cocaine and Heroin

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From Healthline.com The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing a 415 percent rise in the rate of fatal painkiller overdoses in women from 1999 to 2010. To find some of the most potent and potentially lethal drugs in the country, many people need look no further than their own medicine cabinets. The number of prescription …

Ice Pops Interfered With Hospital Patient’s Lab Tests: Report

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From Drugs.com Physicians should be aware that frozen ice pops — a common treat in hospitals — can fool tests designed to detect a fungal infection that threatens people with an weakened immune system, researchers report. In France, a stem cell-transplant recipient was wrongly treated for the infection because of false positive test results. Later, researchers tested three brands of …

Telltale Signs You Are A Highly Sensitive Person

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From hsp health Highly sensitive people get the sense at a young age that they are different. They don’t fit in. They are not interested in the same things that other people are interested in. They are not motivated in the same way. This profound sense of being different is life long. It does not go away, and can cause …

CHMP recommends EU approval of Roche’s Subcutaneous Herceptin for HER2 positive breast cancer

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(Menafn – M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) New injectable administration takes two to five minutes, rather than 30 to 90 minutes with the current intravenous form, potentially saving both healthcare resources and patients’ time Herceptin is a personalised medicine used to treat more than 80,000 HER2-positive breast cancer patients in Europe each year Roche (six:RO)(six:ROG)(otcqx:RHHBY) is pleased to announce that the …

Obesity as a Disease?

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From Ardis D. Hoven, President, American Medical Association Obesity has been called many things — an epidemic, a major public health problem, an urgent chronic condition — but is it a disease? The American Medical Association (AMA), the largest physician organization in the nation, has decided that it is. One in three American adults is obese, and the rate of …

Exercise through Playtime

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From our friend amanda@cysticlife.org Playtime ideas to get kids exercise in the summer Kids need exercise just like adults. However, exercise for kids can (and should) look different than exercise for adults. Kids can get all the exercise they need just through active playtime and games. Here are some active playtime ideas for the summer. Tag It may be one …

BE THE CHANGE, THE LEADER, THE FUTURE, AND HELP DESTIGMATIZE MENTAL ILLNESS

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By Melissa Thompson, CEO of TalkSession.com Look to your left. Look to your right. Look behind you. Look in front of you. One of the people you just saw has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Many people ask why I started TalkSession. I left a career on Wall Street, got an MBA, and now run a consumer healthcare technology company with a …

FDA Takes Action to Protect Consumers from Dangerous Medicines Sold by Illegal Online Pharmacies

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this week against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines to consumers. These actions include the issuance of regulatory warnings, and seizure of offending websites and $41,104,386 worth of illegal medicines worldwide. The action occurred as part of …

Bipartisan Bill to Improve Cancer Care is Introduced in House by Representatives Capps and Boustany

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Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act would enhance care of millions of Medicare patients Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-LA) today introduced the Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act (H.R. 2477), which would significantly improve the quality and coordination of care for Medicare patients with cancer. The bill is the …