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Stony Point Cancer Survivor Runs In Ultramarathon; from the Journal News

May 18, 2012

STONY POINT — Before a breast cancer diagnosis in 2001, Julie Goodale was never much of a runner. But approaching the 11th anniversary since a mastectomy, she has recently managed to run 80 miles in an ultramarathon....read more at the Journal News.

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A Walk In The Park May Help Cognition In People With Depression; from Journal of Affective Disorders

May 17, 2012

Walking in a natural setting may have benefits for people suffering from depression, according to researchers in Canada and the U.S. Participants in the study who suffered from depression showed improved cognition after a walk in the park compared with a walk in an urban setting.   The small study, led by Marc Berman, a post-doctoral fellow at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, with partners from the University of...

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Cancer-Related Fatigue Often Fades For Early Stage Breast Cancer; from Journal of Clinical Oncology

April 21, 2012

A new study suggests that long lasting fatigue from breast cancer treatment may fade for many people. People often feel fatigued by cancer treatments, and some continue to suffer from fatigue for years. However, this study found that long-term fatigue was less common than previously thought for women treated for early breast cancer.   The study involved 218 women. At the end of treatment, around one third of the patients had...

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Large Numbers of Cancer Deaths Linked to Lifestyle Choices; Cancer Facts & Figures 2012

April 10, 2012

According to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts and Figures 2012, large numbers of cancer deaths are directly linked to lifestyle choices. After a review of existing studies, researchers concluded that one third of cancer deaths are caused by tobacco use. In addition, another third of cancer deaths are related to excess weight and lack of physical activity.   Smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths, and 80% of...

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Study Shows No Benefit From Active Video Games; from journal Pediatrics

February 27, 2012

Children playing active video games did not log in any more moderate to vigorous activity than kids playing sedentary games, according to a report from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.    Researchers passed out Nintendo Wii consoles to 78 children who didn't already have one. Half the kids were given their choice of active games, and the other half given their choice of sedentary games. Midway through the study, they...

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More Data Suggests Benefit Of Mammograms For Younger Women; from the journal Radiology

February 24, 2012

Breast cancers detected by mammography screening in women aged 40-49 doubled between 1990 and 2008, coinciding with a reduction in stage at diagnosis and significant improvement in survival. The results come from a retrospective review of data from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.    Mammography-detected breast cancers increased from 28% to 58%. At the same time, relapse-free 5-year survivial increased from 88% to 92%. Use of...

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Strong Evidence Found For Benefit From Colonoscopy; from New England Journal of Medicine

February 24, 2012

A team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital has found that colonoscopies in which pre-cancerous polyps are removed can cut the risk of dying from colon cancer by 53%. Removal of the polyps, known as adenomas, reduced both colon cancer incidence and colon cancer deaths.   The study followed people who had a colonoscopy between 1980 and 1990. Researchers compared the death rate from that group with estimated national death rates from...

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FDA Acts To Bolster Cancer Drug Supply; from U.S. Food and Drug Administration

February 22, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced steps to stem the shortage of some cancer drugs. The FDA will allow imports of an alternative to the drug Doxil, and approved a new company to manufacture preservative-free methotrexate.    Doxil, which is used to treat ovarian cancer and multiple-myeloma, has been in short supply since problems arose at one of the manufacturing plants last year. Although around 7,000 patients...

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Cold Water May Prevent Muscle Soreness After Exercising, But Risks Are Unknown; from the Cochrane Library

February 22, 2012

Cold water baths may help to prevent muscle soreness after exercise, but little is known about risks or details such as length of time. Researchers at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland reviewed 17 existing studies.   Most of the studies looked only at small numbers of athletes, and were poorly designed. The researchers were only able to draw a meaningful conclusion from 14 of the studies. In the studies, participants were...

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Exercise May Benefit Advanced Cancer Patients; from Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia, and Muscle

February 11, 2012

Advanced cancer patients experiencing extreme fatigue often suffer from cachexia, or body-wasting syndrome. Researchers from Concordia University and the McGill University Health Centre found that patients with severe cancer-related fatigue had less muscle mass and strength compared with less fatigued patients.    The study compared fatigue levels, muscle mass, and strength of 84 newly diagnosed but advanced...

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