September 26, 2011

Better and Cheaper Than Lasers

1 Foam Injections Best to Treat Varicose Veins

Foam injections are better than lasers at treating varicose veins says new research. Varicose veins occur when valves in the veins stop working properly. While they don’t often present a serious health problem, they may cause aching, itching and swelling. Surgery is one option to treat varicose veins but new non-surgical treatments including Endovenous Laser Ablation which seals the vein closed and foam sclerotherapy which involves injecting foam into the vein to seal the vessel are available. The study compared these two treatments and found them to be equally successful. However, with foam therapy procedures, patients experienced less pain the week following treatment and were able to return to work more quickly than those treated with laser ablation.

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

Previously: More Men Are Getting Plastic Surgery

Tags: Varicose Veins, Foam Injections for Varicose Veins, Endovenous Laser Ablation, Sclerotherapy

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Menacing Pressure

2 High Blood Pressure Linked with Cancer Deaths

Higher than normal blood pressure is linked with a higher risk or developing and dying from cancer, suggest Swedish researchers. Presenting Tuesday at the European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress, the researchers studied 289,454 men and 288,345 women. Findings reveal high blood pressure was linked with a 10 to 20 percent increased risk of developing cancer in men, plus a greater risk of dying from cancer for both men and women. Researchers found blood pressure increases were associated with greater risk of oral, colorectal, bladder, lung, kidney and skin cancers for men. In women, high blood pressure wasn't linked with a statistically significant overall risk of developing any cancer, but was linked with an increase in cancers of the cervix, endometrium, liver, pancreas and melanoma.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Death Risk Cancer, Increased Risk Dying Cancer, Dangers Elevated Blood Pressure, Why High Blood Pressure Dangerous, Cancer Risk Factors, European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress [

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Suggests Bone Marrow Plays Role

3 Zoledronic Acid Helps Breast Cancer Patients

A study involving 3,360 post-menopausal women with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer on standard therapies found that those who also received the bisphosphonate zoledronic acid had an 85 percent survival rate compared to 79 percent who did not get it. When factors such as tumor stage, how involved the lymph nodes were and the presence of estrogen receptors were taken into account, the results were the same. Researchers hypothesize that the ratio of cytokines and growth factors which alters the bone marrow which has been shown to be a place where tumor cells can go and be dormant for many years before they are reactivated. It is believed that bone marrow stem cells help the cancer spread throughout the body and reproductive hormones may also play a role which will be elucidated in future studies.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Osteoporosis Drugs May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Bisphosphonates, Bone Marrow Stem Cells, Breast Cancer Recurrence, Breast Cancer Treatment, Zoledronic Acid and Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Metastasis, Zoledronic Acid

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