american cancer society It's a headline that I suspect many thought would never be written, but it was -- in the New Orleans Advocate: "Harrah's Casino in New Orleans gives patrons lollipops as it introduces smoking ban." Six months ago, there weren't many who thought this could happen, that the city council of New Orleans would pass, and the mayor ...

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shutterstock_146971178 The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow. ― Thomas Paine Dear my oncologist, This year was my 11th anniversary as a breast cancer survivor. For the past 6 ...

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asco-logo The patient was a young looking 74-year-old woman, accompanied by her husband. She was not exactly sure why she was seeing me and nodded as I explained that I see all women with anal or rectal cancer who are being treated with radiation therapy. I explained that we recommend that these patients use vaginal dilators to improve elasticity after ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Breast Ca Patients Need Better Cardiac Monitoring. Breast cancer patients received suboptimal cardiac monitoring during treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin).
  2. FDA: Smokeless Tobacco Warning Stays. The FDA denied a petition by two tobacco companies to ease up on the warnings around smokeless tobacco.
  3. King v. Burwell: What Color ...

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2015-04-20-1429540034-576455-analcancerscreening About 17 years ago, Jeff Taylor, an AIDS advocate, became worried he might have anal cancer. Through his work, Taylor knew that anal cancer rates had risen steeply among people with HIV. He was having discomfort, and he knew that there was a simple screening test: a swab that is processed just like a routine Pap smear. His doctor knew about the ...

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At the wake, when the kids kept running around, disturbing the disturbed, their mother, or maybe their aunt, or maybe their neighbor, shooed them to the basement. Adult quiet and proper mourning returned. However, I noticed that Mary, eight years old, or so, stayed upstairs. For a while, I watched her, carrying food, clearing plates, even answering the front door. A petite, hard working, hostess. I wondered why. “Mary,” I said, ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. How to Rein In Out-of-Control Healthcare Costs. We all know the medical bill horror stories, but now we have to act on them.
  2. More ED Visits Since Obamacare. One objective of the Affordable Care Act was to increase access to primary care and curb visits to emergency rooms. Now ...

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shutterstock_3101394 Do you know the difference between a surgeon and God? God doesn't think he's a surgeon. Everyone who goes into the study of surgery has ideas about what they're going to be. I would imagine that each individual has different expectations of what the future holds, though few find their future at all resembles those expectations. I recall when I started my surgery ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Statins Linked to Improved Lung Cancer Survival. Sustained statin use was associated with modestly better survival in lung cancer, an observational study in Great Britain showed.
  2. MRI-Detected Bone Marrow Changes Linked to Low Back Pain. Vertebral subchondral bone marrow changes visible on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), known as modic ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 30-year-old woman is evaluated for a 1-year history of fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, depression, intermittently blurred vision, and weakness when climbing stairs. She takes no medication. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what diagnostic tests should be performed next? On physical examination, vital signs are normal. Bilateral ptosis and diplopia are ...

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