November 13, 2010

Lung Cancer Kills More

1 The 10 Most Deadly Cancers

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the 10 most deadly cancers in the U.S. between 2003 and 2007 were lung and bronchial cancer, colon and rectal cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer, ovarian cancer, and esophageal cancer. The top most deadly cancer, lung and bronchial, claimed 792,495 lives between 2003 and 2007, reports MSNBC. Colon and rectal cancer claimed 268,783 lives, while breast cancer claimed 206,983 lives. According to NCI, ovarian cancer, which killed 73,638 women, is the number four cause of cancer death in women. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Breast Cancer, Leukemia, National Cancer Institute, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Most Deadly Cancers, Worst Cancers, Which Cancer Kills More, Lung Cancer Kills More Than Other Cancers, How Many People Died from Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Death Figures, Ovarian Cancer Deaths, Colon Cancer Deaths, Prostate Cancer Deaths, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

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Blocking Bad Memories

2 Tetris May Help Treat PTSD

Playing Tetris could help reduce flashbacks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), claim researchers. PTSD is an anxiety disorder, and sufferers experience intrusive and recurring thoughts of a traumatic event. According to a new study, the fast-paced visual puzzles in the game Tetris could help to curb flashbacks. Researchers say that playing the game soon after a traumatic event may distract the brain and alter how upsetting images and memories are stored. The research findings, published in the journal PLoS ONE, reveal that games that require the use of language skills or trivia aren't therapeutic since they activate different areas of the brain than are active while stacking Tetris blocks.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ecstasy for Treating PTSD

Tags: PLoS ONE, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety Disorder, Thoughts of a Traumatic Event, Treating PTSD, Playing Tetris for PTSD, Stacking Tetris Blocks

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Smoking Day off: November 18

3 Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

Every third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout, an opportunity for smokers to take the day off with hopes of quitting for good. The event falls on November 18 this year. According to Mayo Clinic, a big advantage of the Great American Smokeout is the experience of togetherness: Smokers will know that many other people are sharing in their struggle to go a day without a cigarette. Mayo Clinic suggests that even non-smokers can get involved with the Great American Smokeout by actively supporting smokers in overcoming their addiction. This year marks the the 35-year anniversary of the Great American Smokeout.

More at Mayo Clinic | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana Smoker Gets Workers' Compensation

Tags: American Cancer Society, Great American Smokeout, Overcoming Addiction, Day to Stop Smoking, When to Stop Smoking, Stopping Smoking Together

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Allergies in Those over 50 Up

4 IgE Antibody Levels Increasing with Age

A comparison of two studies found that the level of IgE, the antibody that triggers allergies, has increased in people over 55 since the 70s. Allergists took data from the Tucson study done in the 70s that involved 2,743 people and compared it to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted from 2005 to 2006 involving 7,398 people. The Tucson study showed that 6 to 14 year old kids had higher levels of IgE, but in the NHANES survey, they were the group with the lowest level s. Fifty five to 64 year olds in the NHANES study had double the level of IgE compared to the same age group in the Tucson study. Researchers believe numerous factors, such as the “hygiene hypothesis” and global warming, could be some factors that account for these results.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Season of First Trimester Tied to Allergy Risk

Tags: Allergies, IgE, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Tucson Study

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Better Compared to Placebo

5 Hemp Seed Pill Relieves Constipation

A study found that hemp seed pill (HSP) relieves a form of constipation know in traditional Chinese medicine as “excessive syndrome,” in which the bowels dry out and cause problems such as dry mouth, abdominal swelling and pain and trouble sleeping. They took 120 people and split them into two groups, one receiving 7.5 grams of HSP in 150 ml of hot water and the other got a placebo, twice a day for 8 weeks. Forty three percent of those taking the HSP reported improvement compared to only eight percent on the placebo. Although stomach pain, cramping and bloating were reported more in the treatment group, those side effects were less severe before they were treated and were similar to those taking the placebo and no damage to the kidneys or liver was observed in those who took HSP.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Patients Recognize Acupuncture; Insurers Don't

Tags: Constipation, Hemp Seed Pill, Excessive Syndrome, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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