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Nov. 26, 2013

Cancer prevention is in our control
A surprising amount of cancer, including cervical cancer, is preventable — in fact, a stunning one-half to two-thirds of our risk is in our control, many experts now believe. For example, about a third of all cancer deaths in the United States each year are linked to diet and physical inactivity.More

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Breast MRIs not always used appropriately, studies suggest
Fox News
The percentage of women undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams of the breast has increased in recent years, but often, the women who could benefit the most from the procedure aren't the ones getting it, new research suggests. The findings suggest that more work is needed to ensure that breast MRIs are used appropriately, the researchers said.More

EU regulators OK 2 drugs for drug-resistant TB
Medscape Medical News
European Union regulators have recommended approval of two drugs to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis after having turned down one of them just four months earlier, the European Medicines Agency announced. The two TB drugs, delamanid and para-aminosalicylic acid, represent the new and the old.More

HPV: Sex, cancer and a virus
When young oncologist Maura Gillison of Johns Hopkins University finally sat down with a doctoral student to analyze data she had compiled on HPV and throat cancer, within an hour, the fruits of those years of labor popped up on the computer screen. People with head and neck cancer were 15 times more likely to be infected with HPV in their mouths or throats than those without1. The association backed up some of Gillison's earlier work, which showed how HPV DNA integrates itself into the nuclei of throat cells and produces cancer-causing proteins.More

Hospitals try yogurt to prevent infections in patients
The Wall Street Journal
At Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Pa., a worrisome trend emerged in 2011: an uptick in cases of one of the most virulent hospital infections, despite measures to battle the bug by scrubbing surfaces with bleach and isolating affected patients. But the hospital was able to drive down cases last year after adding a new weapon to its arsenal: probiotics, the small organisms that help maintain the natural balance of bacteria in the intestines.More

Attractants prevent maturing nerve cells from migrating into brain
Bonn University via The Medical News
A vision is to implant nerve precursor cells in the diseased brains of patients with Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, whereby these cells are to assume the function of the cells that have died off. However, the implanted nerve cells frequently do not migrate as hoped, rather they hardly move from the site. Scientists at the Institute for Reconstructive Neurobiology at Bonn University have now discovered an important cause of this: Attractants secreted by the precursor cells prevent the maturing nerve cells from migrating into the brain.More

Study: Britain's cancer survival rates 'unacceptable'
The Guardian
Britain's cancer survival rates are lagging behind the rest of Europe and other major economies, with just Poland and Ireland faring worse in some strains of the disease, an international health study has revealed. Experts said 10,000 lives a year could be saved if the United Kingdom managed to simply meet the average rates achieved across Europe.More

Racial differences seen in pancreatic cancer death rates
HealthDay News
Death rates from pancreatic cancer in the United States are increasing among whites and decreasing among blacks, but rates among blacks remain much higher than among whites, study findings show. Researchers from the American Cancer Society analyzed data on pancreatic cancer deaths in the United States between 1970 and 2009. More

Eating nuts tied to fewer cancer, heart disease deaths
People who eat a diet rich in nuts, including peanuts, are less likely to die from heart disease or cancer, new research suggests. The more nuts consumed, the greater the apparent benefit, according to the report. It included data from nurses and other health professionals who have been tracked since the 1980s.More

Potentially lethal bacteria on the rise in Canada, federal report warns
Postmedia News
More than 200,000 Canadians a year who seek medical care end up infected by the pathogens haunting the country's healthcare system. And at least 8,000 Canadians a year die from the infections, which are increasingly caused by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, says a report from Canada's chief public health officer. More

60 years of data reveal US melanoma epidemic
Medscape Medical News
There have been "unremitting" increases in the incidence and mortality of melanoma over the past six decades in the state of Connecticut, according to a new analysis by public health researchers. During these 6 decades, mortality rates tripled in men and doubled in women, the authors also report in their new paper, published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.More

Supplement linked to liver failure, hepatitis recalled
United Press International
Following U.S. Food and Drug Administration actions, USPLabs in Texas recalled and destroyed a supplement linked to liver failure and hepatitis, officials say. The dietary supplement was advertised as an aid to losing weight and building muscles.More

Cancer prevention is in our control
A surprising amount of cancer, including cervical cancer, is preventable — in fact, a stunning one-half to two-thirds of our risk is in our control, many experts now believe. For example, about a third of all cancer deaths in the United States each year are linked to diet and physical inactivity.More

New layer to the body's fight against infection identified
Infection Control Today
The layers of skin that form the first line of defense in the body's fight against infection have revealed an unanticipated secret. The single cell type that was thought to be behind the skin's immune defense has been found to have a doppelganger.More

Study finds reservoir of hidden HIV bigger than once thought
Fox News
Over the past decade, scientists have made incredible strides in the field of HIV research. But a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus has still eluded scientists and now a new report from Howard Hughes Medical Institute has revealed that completely eradicating the virus may be much more difficult than previously thought.More

Pre-hospital aspiration ups healthcare-associated pneumonia risk
Pharmacy Practice News
One of the deadliest types of hospital-acquired infections in adult trauma patients is set in motion long before patients arrive at the hospital, according to a study reported at the 2013 meeting of the Surgical Infection Society. The study, involving surgeons and paramedics, showed that trauma patients who aspirate before they get to the hospital have a four-fold increased risk for developing health care-associated pneumonia and a more than three-fold increased risk for ventilator-associated pneumonia.More