June 20, 2011

Breast Cancer Survival Rates Up

1 Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death in Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women beating out breast cancer finds research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Breast Cancer Research. While breast cancer accounts for nearly 1/3 of women’s cancers, early detection has improved survival rates, says the research which finds that 2/3 of women with breast cancer died from other causes, most notably cardiovascular disease, particularly if breast cancer was diagnosed after age 66. Says researcher Jennifer Patnaik, U of Colorado, Denver, "Cancer is a big killer and is responsible for about a quarter of all deaths. However breast cancer is not necessarily a death sentence and patients need to take care of their health to reduce their risk of dying from heart disease and other age-related diseases."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: The Ten Most Deadly Cancers

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Research, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, University of Colorado, Leading Cause of Death in Women, BioMed Central, Jennifer Patnaik

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2 White Coat Effect, Overtreatment of High BP

The "white coat effect" is linked with overtreatment of hypertension, finds a new study from Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center. The study revealed that blood pressure readings taken at the doctor's office were consistently elevated compared to those taken in a research setting or at home. WebMD reports that doctors often rely on just one or two blood pressure readings taken at the office to decide on treatment for hypertension. Researchers believe that repeated measurements from home readings could assist doctors with gaining a more accurate picture of blood pressure control.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, Heart Disease

Tags: Duke University, White Coat Effect, Hypertension Overtreatment, Diagnosing High Blood Pressure, Durham VA Medical Center

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Also Diagnostic Disparities

3 More Kids Have Food Allergies Than Estimated

A new study using data from the CDC finds that childhood food allergies are on the rise in the United States and that twice as many kids are allergic to foods than experts had previously estimated. “Based on our data, about one in every thirteen children has a food allergy,” says lead author Ruchi Gupta, pediatrician at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The researchers also found ethnic disparities in food allergies, or at least in their diagnosis. African-American and Asian-American children were less likely than whites to receive a formal diagnosis of food allergies, but were more likely to display a “convincing history” of having a reaction. The most common food allergy triggers are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Atopic Dermatitis May Be Sign of Food Allergy

Tags: Allergy, Centers for Disease Control, Food Allergies, Food Allergy

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FDA Approval May Be Difficult

4 Prostate Cancer Vaccine Cures Mice of Disease

A vaccine developed from healthy prostate tissue DNA carried by a virus yielded an immune response so strong that it cured the mice who were vaccinated intravenously with no side effects and did not develop autoimmune disease. The advantage of this vaccine is that scientists did not have to try and find one or more antigens linked to prostate cancer that would stimulate the immune system to attack it. Also, tumors often circumvent a limited number of antigens but this vaccine attack again if the cancer adapts. A major disadvantage that could prevent FDA approval is that researchers do not know which proteins are active in the vaccine. Researchers are cautiously optimistic about its potential in humans and hope to begin trials within three to five years.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Acetaminophen Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk, FDA Approves Zytiga for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Tags: FDA Approval, Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Treatment, Prostate Cancer Vaccine, Prostate Cancer Cure, DNA Vaccine, Antigens, Prostate Cancer Animal Studies

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