A prostate cancer breakthrough: The good and not so good newsThe annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology is a place where many commercial interests jostle for attention to make their latest promising therapy the star of the show. But a standard widely available generic drug stole the show by producing incredible results in improving survival for men with advanced prostate cancer. And that has some of us ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 17, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Victoza Lowers Glucose in Genetic Form of Diabetes. Liraglutide (Victoza) works roughly as well as standard sulfonylurea treatment for an inherited type of diabetes but with less hypoglycemia.
  2. Canola Oil Cuts Heart Risk in Diabetes. Adding canola oil to the diet improved glycemic control and reduced cardiovascular risk in ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 16, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. The Hobby Lobby Case: The Stakes for Birth Control. One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act -- ...

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When you tell people that your dad died of lung cancer, often the the follow up question is, "Did he smoke?" In my case, the answer is, sort of. I have fuzzy memories of my dad in our basement, smoking his pipe in his black leather chair and watching the original Doctor Who (I’m still processing the cultural implications of that last detail).  Rumor has it he smoked cigars in the ’60s, ...

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Dr. Robert's office felt right to me, with a musical birdsong soundtrack, soft lighting and fresh green tea, and I had my best friend in tow: piece of cake. In this serene atmosphere, I was sure that I'd find out what to do next to finish treating my endometrial cancer. "It's probably gone now, since my hysterectomy two weeks back," I thought. "But let's play it safe; he's the gynecological-cancer guru." Like ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Feds Want Pregnant Women to Eat More Fish. Pregnant women should eat at least 8 ounces of fish each week, which puts a floor -- not just a ceiling -- on the amount of seafood these women should consume, the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a draft ...

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It was 1:35 p.m. when we realized that Tom was not just late for his chemotherapy treatment; he probably would not show up at all.  A call from one of our staff confirmed, he had “troubles getting a ride” and wanted to move the vital therapy to another day.  This was the third time in a month he had missed an appointment, thus wasting a treatment slot, nursing time and ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 10, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. AMA Mulls Gun Violence CME. As the AMA's House of Delegates was meeting in a downtown hotel here, 29 local residents were shot and four killed within a 10-mile radius.
  2. Most Breast Ca Patients Fall Short on Exercise. Two-thirds of breast cancer patients reported lower levels of physical activity ...

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Criticizing The Fault in Our Stars does childhood cancer a disservice A pediatric oncologist seems to suggest we shouldn’t be getting too upset about childhood cancer because kids and teens dying or going blind “are things that we don’t typically encounter.” “I think the important thing to realize is that cancer in children is highly treatable and ultimately curable,” Dr. Charles Hemenway of Loyola University said in HemOnc Today, in response to the movie ...

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Address the racial disparity of colorectal cancerAn article published recently in the American Cancer Society journal CA: A Journal for Clinicians received a lot of media attention. The report showed dramatic declines in the rate of people being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, as well as decreases in the rates of colorectal cancer deaths over the past number of years. But the press didn't say much about the fact that not everyone ...

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