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Apple unveils iPhone tool to build research apps
Medscape
Apple recently introduced a software tool called ResearchKit for its ubiquitous iPhone that allows researchers to build medical apps that, in turn, collect patient data on the fly from device users. The first five medical apps built with ResearchKit, for Parkinson's disease, breast cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma, are now available on Apple's App Store.
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A family history of prostate cancer may increase women's risk for
breast cancer

Medical News Today
It is well established that if a woman has a family history of breast cancer, she is at higher risk of developing the disease herself. But in a new study, researchers claim a family history of prostate cancer may also put women at increased risk of breast cancer. A family history of both breast and prostate cancers may raise this risk even further.
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Investors bet $100,000 cancer drug prices are here to stay
Bloomberg
President Barack Obama, prominent cancer doctors and health insurers are all warning about the need to control the surging prices of new drugs. Drugmakers and their investors aren't acting worried at all, especially when it comes to cancer medicine.
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Pursuing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation approved for 6.5 CEs from NCRA
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How the ACA is changing oncology practice on the ground
American Journal of Managed Care
The Affordable Care Act is still relatively new, but it's already changing the way patient populations gain access to healthcare coverage. This fact has important implications for oncology, according to Burton VanderLaan, MD, FACP, medical director for Priority Health.
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The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Workshop and Survey Savvy will be held in Chicago June 17-19. The NCDB Workshop Maximizing NCDB Data to Improve Your Cancer Program will review the current uses and future updates for the NCDB quality tools. Major NCDB quality tools will be reviewed with a focus on how the data can be used to inform decisions for cancer program administration and by cancer physicians. Learn about the uses for the cancer registry and how patient navigators can use the data.

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Whether your cancer program is preparing for a re-accreditation survey or looking for clarification on the standards, this program provides increased understanding of standard requirements and implementation. Through lectures, panel presentations, and the opportunity to meet and speak with experts, cancer program members will learn how to use the CoC standards as a framework to develop a comprehensive cancer care program that delivers high-quality and patient-centered care. Plan now to attend these meetings.

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CDC launches updated Community Health Status Indicators website
Newstaar Media
To better inform the public of health related topics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rely on a variety of online resources. To that end, the agency announced the launch of an updated Community Health Status Indicators online tool.
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How changing your diet can lower your risk for colon cancer
CBS News
A vegetarian diet might cut your risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent, a new study finds. For fish-eating vegetarians, the protective link was even stronger, researchers said. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Screening efforts, including colonoscopy, have helped save many lives by detecting precancerous polyps, said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Michael Orlich.
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Study: Dog detects thyroid cancer in human urine with almost 90 percent accuracy
Medical News Today
Dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend," and a new study brings further strength to this term after revealing how a rescue dog called Frankie was able to detect the presence of thyroid cancer in human urine samples with almost 90 percent accuracy.
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15 new breast cancer genetic risk 'hot-spots' revealed
Cancer Research UK
Scientists have discovered another 15 genetic "hot-spots" that can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to research published today in Nature Genetics. In a study funded by Cancer Research UK, scientists compared tiny variations in the genetic make-up of more than 120,000 women of European ancestry, with and without breast cancer, and identified 15 new variations — called single nucleotide polymorphisms — that are linked to a higher risk of the disease.
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Is 'conflict of interest' hampering cancer research?
Medscape
VideoBrief Some 15 years or so ago, we could partner with our corporate friends because we were all in it together. If we were going to cure cancer, we had to work together. Funding from companies, academic centers, and medical centers was pooled together to solve the problem, but then something happened.
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