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Cancer Screening Lower for Some Ethnic Groups and Americans With No or Inadequate Health Insurance; from the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

January 28, 2012

According to a National Cancer Institute's report, ethnic disparities are found in cancer screening in the U.S. Overall cancer screening rates fell well below targeted levels, but levels were particularly low among Asian and Hispanic populations.   In 2010, the rate of breast cancer screening was only 72.4%; the target level set by the NCI and CDC was 81%. The cervical cancer rate was 83%, compared with a target of 93%. And screening...

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Exercise Offers Help for Some Chronically Ill; from Archives of Internal Medicine

January 27, 2012

Regular workouts may improve the mood for people suffering chronic health problems like cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), fibromyalgia, and other conditions.   Researchers from the University of Alabama looked at 90 previous studies on exercise and some chronic disease. Those studies included over 100,000 people with a chronic condition who did not have a clinical diagnosis of depression, but might...

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Bone Fracture Risk Seen In Young Breast Cancer Patients; from International Conference on Cancer-Induced Bone Disease

December 02, 2011

Premenopausal breast cancer patients had a 60% greater risk of bone fracture, and most of the fractures occurred in younger women with normal bone density, according to new research presented at the International Conference on Cancer-Induced Bone Disease. The fractures occured on average less than 4 years after initial chemotherapy. Over half of the women with fractures had bone density above the threshold for treatment. All of the patients...

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Physical Activity Improves Quality of Sleep; from journal Mental Health and Physical Activity

November 27, 2011

People who get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day. Researcher carried out at Oregon State University found that 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise resulted in a 65% improvement in quality of sleep. Exercisers in the study also said they felt less sleepy during the day compared with less active participants.   The study looked at a nationally...

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Breast Cancer Survivors May Suffer Brain Function Deficits; from Archives of Neurology

November 19, 2011

Women who survive breast cancer may suffer increased risk of neurological problems, particularly women who were treated with chemotherapy, according to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine.   Researchers studied profiles of brain activation among 25 breast cancer (BC) survivors treated with chemotherapy, 19 women with BC who did not receive chemotherapy, and 18 healthy women, all matched for age and other demographic...

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Many Cancer Survivors Suffer From Trauma Stress; from Journal of Clinical Oncology

October 14, 2011

People faced with a cancer diagnosis may suffer from stress symptoms similar to those caused by war. Researchers from the Duke Cancer Center found that 1 out of 10 cancer survivors exhibited signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for a decade or more after their diagnosis. Their symptoms included feeling jumpy, having disturbing thoughts about their cancer, or feeling emotionally distant from friends and family.   One in 10...

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Low-Cost, Innovative Way To Fight Cervical Cancer In Poor Countries; from New York Times

October 03, 2011

Thailand is using a low-cost, single-visit method to fight cervical cancer. Vinegar is brushed on a woman's cervix, which makes pre-cancerous spots turn white. Those white spots can then be frozen off with a metal probe cooled by a tank of carbon dioxide, available at any soda bottling plant. The procedure is known as VIA/cryo for visualization of the cervix with acetic acid (vinegar) and treatment with cryotherapy, and can be...

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Diabetes Linked to Colon Cancer Risk; from American Journal of Gastroenterology

September 30, 2011

People with diabetes appear to be more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer than those who are diabetes-free, according to a new international study. Researchers from University of California, Berkeley found that diabetics had a 38% higher risk of developing colon cancer, and a 20% increase in risk of rectal cancer, although the increase in rectal cancer appeared only in men.   The researchers analyzed data from 14 international...

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Survival Rates Not Affected By End-of-Life Discussions; from Journal of Hospital Medicine

September 30, 2011

Discussion of patients' wishes for care at the end of life does not cause any harm, according to a new study. Contrary to some recent claims, the study found that patients who talk to their doctors about end-of-life care and have advanced medical directives in their files have similar survival rates compared to patients without the discussions and documents.   The study followed 356 patients from 3 hospitals who had a low to medium...

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Julie Goodale Runs Vermont 50 Bike and Ultra Run; from Life-Cise

September 25, 2011

Julie Goodale, founder of Life-Cise, finished her second 50-mile run of the year, the Vermont 50 Bike and Ultra Run. The race took place Sunday, Sept. 25, at Ascutney Mountain, Vermont. VT 50 benefits the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport.    Julie's report on the race can be found in the "Run, Julie, Run" series on Fitness for Survivors, the Life-Cise blog. (click here for race report)

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