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MRI Useful In Determining Primary Cervical and Endometrial Cancers; from American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting

May 03, 2011

A new study found that MRI can determine if a patient has a primary cervical or endometrial cancer, even when a biopsy cannot distinguish the difference. The study, carried out at MD Anderson Cancer Center and presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting, found that radiologists using MRI correctly identified the primary tumor site 79% of the time when the biopsy results were inconclusive. In about 3% of cervical and...

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Health Outcomes Tied to Frailty and Fitness; from Canadian Medical Association Journal

April 27, 2011

Although frailty increases throughout adulthood, better fitness levels at all adult ages were linked with lower mortality and less reliance on health care services, according to a new study.  The study followed over 14,000 participants over 12 years. Participants were graded on a Frailty Index which rated health levels and deficits, such as diseases, disabilities, ability to take care of onesself, and symptoms. Most participants began...

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Omega 3, Fatty Acid That's Good for Heart, Is Found to Increase Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer; from American Journal of Epidemiology

April 26, 2011

In surprising findings, researchers have found that DHA, an Omega 3 fatty acid found in fatty fish, increased the risk for aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer. DHA lowers inflammation in the body and is linked with lower risk of heart disease. However, the study found that men with the highest DHA blood levels were two and a half times more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer compared with men with the lowest DHA levels. In...

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ACE Inhibitors May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence; from UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

April 22, 2011

ACE inhibitors, which are used to control high blood pressure, may increase the risk of recurrence for breast cancer survivors, according to a new study. Beta blockers, also used to treat high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias, appeared to have a protective effect, reducing the risk of recurrence. When used together, the beta blockers seemed to limit the negative affect of the ACE inhibitors. The results came from analysis of data...

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Recall of Breast Device Classified As Most Serious; from U.S. Food and Drug Administration

April 19, 2011

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the recall of the Axxent FlexiShield has been classified as the most serious type of recall, one involving the possibility that the use of the products could cause serious health consequences.  The device is a pad made of tungsten and silicone rubber that was temporarily placed inside the breast incisions during a procedure in which women were given an entire course of...

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Sleep Problems Linked To Cognitive Issues In Childhood Cancer Survivors; from American Cancer Society

April 15, 2011

Sleep problems and fatigue often plague survivors of childhood cancers, and impact memory and attention problems, a new analysis has found. Cognitive problems were found in more than 20% of childhood cancer survivors. Problems with attention and memory can affect future education, employment, and the ability to live independently.    Researchers found that the cognitive problems associated with poor sleep and fatigue were not...

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Persistent Fatigue After Cancer Treatment Linked to Autonomic Nervous System Overdrive; from journal Psychoneuroendocrinology

April 07, 2011

Persistent fatigue after cancer treatment may be caused by the automonic nervous system working overtime. One in 3 breast cancer patients report exhaustion for as much as a decade after treatment. It appears that one part of the nervous system runs in overdrive while the other part fails to slow it down. The result may be accelerated aging which may appear to age fatigued survivors as much as 20 years compared with survivors who do not...

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Women's Body Image Based More On Opinions Of Others Rather Than Actual Weight; from Journal of Counseling Psychology

March 30, 2011

A new study has found that the most powerful influence on how a woman appreciates her own body is others people's opinion, rather than her actual weight. However, the more women focuse on how their bodies function rather than how they appear to others, the more they appreciate their bodies. And how they appreciate their body influences how they eat, like eating when they are hungry rather than because of their emotional state. Researchers...

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Weight Loss Plus Exercise Proves Most Effective For Improving Function In Obese Seniors; from New England Journal of Medicine

March 30, 2011

Weight loss plus exercise has been shown to be most effective in helping obese seniors maintain function, according to a new study. Weight loss or exercise alone were both effective, but the most improvement came from a combination of exercise plus weight loss. Researchers from the New Mexico VA Health Care System found that after 1 year participants in the combined group had the greatest gains in physical performance, as well as...

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To Avoid Slips, Don't Shuffle On Slippery Surfaces; from Journal of Experimental Biology

March 28, 2011

Biomechanics researchers have concluded that moving quickly in a firm-footed forward motion is the best way to walk across slippery ground to avoid slipping. Moving slowly hinders the quick weight-shifting that is necessary to avoid falls.   Researchers at Clemson University and Charlston College looked at helmeted guinea fowl for clues into how to avoid injury. The mechanics of guinea fowl's legs and joints are similar to humans....

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