Medical debt burden higher in Texas and Florida

Medical debt burden higher in Texas and Florida

California and New York fully expanded Medicaid coverage under ACA, but Texas and Florida did not.

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

An art-based learning approach can help students become better at observation and appreciate the importance of communication.

MRI could be useful pancreatic cancer screen for high-risk patients

MRI could be useful pancreatic cancer screen for high-risk patients

New research indicates that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might have a role in early detection for those at high genetic risk of pancreatic cancer.

Higher cancer care costs observed for uninsured patients

Higher cancer care costs observed for uninsured patients

Chemotherapy fees for uninsured patients can be 43 times more than those seen for insured patients.

Periocular basal cell carcinomas exhibit fast growth rates

Periocular basal cell carcinomas exhibit fast growth rates

Faster growth rate for basal cell carcinomas is seen in association with recurrent tumors, larger tumors at presentation, and male sex.

Likelihood not to return to work after head and neck cancer treatment is high

Likelihood not to return to work after head and neck cancer treatment is high

Current unemployment for head and neck cancer survivors linked to harder physical work, surgical treatment, and risky alcohol consumption.

Breast cancer patients want, but may not get, genetic risk discussion

Breast cancer patients want, but may not get, genetic risk discussion

Although many patients with breast cancer are concerned about genetic risk for other cancer types, almost half don't have conversation with doctor about potential for future problems.

Women overweight in youth could face greater colorectal cancer risk

Women overweight in youth could face greater colorectal cancer risk

Study results indicate that body size in childhood may influence cancer risk decades later.

Fish oil may interfere with chemotherapy

Fish oil may interfere with chemotherapy

Research suggests supplements, and certain fish, might reduce the effects of chemotherapy.

Survivors of childhood cancer suffer chronic conditions

Survivors of childhood cancer suffer chronic conditions

An estimated 388,501 survivors of childhood cancer are living in the United States today and nearly one-third of them have a severe, disabling, or life-threatening condition, according to a new study.

Recommendations for prevention of ovarian cancer released

Recommendations for prevention of ovarian cancer released

Oral contraceptive use, tubal sterilization, and genetic testing and counseling recommended by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Difficulty swallowing can lead patients to modify medication dosage forms

Difficulty swallowing can lead patients to modify medication dosage forms

Some consumers do not consult health professionals if they experience problems, before modifying meds.

Mobile health app use on the increase

Mobile health app use on the increase

More than one-third of doctors recommended mobile health apps to their patients in past year.

Steady decline in U.S. cancer rates observed

Steady decline in U.S. cancer rates observed

An annual report shows steady, if slow, progress in the battle against cancer.

SGO: New research promising for treatment of ovarian cancer

SGO: New research promising for treatment of ovarian cancer

Experimental vaccine and cancer drug each slow disease progression in ovarian cancer, researchers find.

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

A pharmacist-led comprehensive medication assessment showed a high prevalence of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use among older patients with cancer.

Diabetes may predispose individuals to advanced breast cancer

Diabetes may predispose individuals to advanced breast cancer

Women with diabetes may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, according to new study results.

New, less aggressive guidelines issued for mangement of pancreatic cysts

New, less aggressive guidelines issued for mangement of pancreatic cysts

New guidelines for pancreatic cyst management recommend surveillance for low-risk cysts, discontinuation after no change for five years.

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Second study shows benefits for caregivers with early palliative care intervention.

IP chemotherapy offers long-term benefit in ovarian cancer

IP chemotherapy offers long-term benefit in ovarian cancer

Intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy can offer lasting benefit for patients with advanced ovarian cancer, according to a study published online.

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

A gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for provision of information about radiation use.

Report shows U.S. cancer deaths on the decline

Report shows U.S. cancer deaths on the decline

According to a new report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, there has been a continuing decline in cancer deaths in the United States between 2002 and 2011.

Male nurses still earn more than female nurses in the United States

Male nurses still earn more than female nurses in the United States

Female RNs are "shortchanged: more than 5,000 a year when compared to their male counterparts, researchers say.

Leafy green vegetables may slow mental deterioration

Leafy green vegetables may slow mental deterioration

Researchers have found that a single serving of leafy green vegetables each day may slow dementia.

Effective management of dietary cholesterol may prevent metastasis in patients with prostate cancer

Effective management of dietary cholesterol may prevent metastasis in patients with prostate cancer

New findings from researchers in Australia indicate dietary measures may prevent metastasis of prostate cancer.

Pulmonologist management helpful for NSCLC

Pulmonologist management helpful for NSCLC

Improved rates of stage-specific treatment for early- and advanced-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with comorbid COPD were linked to a pulmonologist's management.

Vaccine may delay recurrence for advanced ovarian cancers

Vaccine may delay recurrence for advanced ovarian cancers

Researchers have found that a vaccine delayed cancer recurrence in women with stage III or IV ovarian cancers.

High fish intake may improve survival after breast cancer

High fish intake may improve survival after breast cancer

Long-chain ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake from fish and other dietary sources may provide a potential strategy to improve survival after breast cancer, a new study published online early in the journal Cancer has found.

Adding bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy improves overall survival for women with ovarian cancer

Adding bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy improves overall survival for women with ovarian cancer

Preliminary findings from the Gynecologic Oncology Group's (GOG) GOG 213 study show an improvement in overall survival for women with ovarian cancer when bevacizumab is added to standard chemotherapy.

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

A multifaceted intervention was seen to increase hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study.

Minority women less involved in breast cancer surgery decisions

Minority women less involved in breast cancer surgery decisions

Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer are less likely to select a surgeon or determine hospital based on reputation.

C-reactive protein levels an independent prognostic marker in melanoma

C-reactive protein levels an independent prognostic marker in melanoma

Link with overall, melanoma-specific survival; increase in CRP also linked to disease progression

Obesity greatly increases cancer risk for women

Obesity greatly increases cancer risk for women

A new British study found that obese women have a 40 percent higher risk for cancer than thinner women, but researchers stress that losing excess weight can lower the odds again.

Over 16 million Americans have gained coverage under ACA

Over 16 million Americans have gained coverage under ACA

White House announces largest drop in number of uninsured Americans in 50 years.

AAMC reports shows gender-specific variation in medical specialties

AAMC reports shows gender-specific variation in medical specialties

About 85 percent of ob-gyn residents are female, whereas more males are found in surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology.

CDC releases cancer estimates of incidence and survival for 2011

CDC releases cancer estimates of incidence and survival for 2011

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that sixty-five percent of those with cancer now survive five years or more after diagnosis.

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is listening to physicians and addressing concerns including EHR usability, meaningful use, and other challenges.

Coalition aims for increased U.S. colorectal cancer screening

Coalition aims for increased U.S. colorectal cancer screening

Coalition aims for 80 percent participation rate in older adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

A psychosocial telephone counseling (PTC) intervention for cervical cancer survivors can yield improvements in depression and lasting improvement in gynecologic and cancer-specific concerns.

FDA greenlights dinutuximab to treat high-risk neuroblastoma

FDA greenlights dinutuximab to treat high-risk neuroblastoma

First approval for a therapy aimed specifically to treat the rare pediatric cancer

Statins may slow prostate cancer progression

Statins may slow prostate cancer progression

Findings among men taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation therapy showed additional months of progression-free survival.

No correlation found between vitamin D variations and fatal prostate cancer

No correlation found between vitamin D variations and fatal prostate cancer

Neither circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels nor common variations in vitamin D pathway genes appear to be associated with risk of fatal prostate cancer, according to recent research.

Poll: Many Americans interested in genetic testing

Poll: Many Americans interested in genetic testing

But researchers wonder if everyone is adept at accurately interpreting genetic test results.

First biosimilar drug approved by the FDA

First biosimilar drug approved by the FDA

Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) is the first biosimilar product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.

Goserelin reduces ovarian failure rate in breast cancer

Goserelin reduces ovarian failure rate in breast cancer

Use of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, goserelin, protects against ovarian failure, according to a study.

Correlated spectroscopy pinpoints changes in BRCA1/2 carriers

Correlated spectroscopy pinpoints changes in BRCA1/2 carriers

Lipid and metabolite deregulation were seen in breast tissue of women carrying BRCA1/2 mutations.

Opdivo approval expanded by FDA to include lung cancer treatment

Opdivo approval expanded by FDA to include lung cancer treatment

FDA approves drug for NSCLC patients who have been treated with platinum-based chemotherapy

HPV-16 infection is associated with improved survival in advanced esophageal cancer

HPV-16 infection is associated with improved survival in advanced esophageal cancer

Improved survival and treatment response was seen in HPV-16 positive patients.

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Patients perceive higher level of compassion among physicians who provide a more optimistic message, research shows.

Genetic mutations found in leukemia increase with age

Genetic mutations found in leukemia increase with age

An increase in genetic mutations that could trigger leukemia seems to be a part of aging, according to a new study, but just having cancer-linked DNA doesn't mean the disease will develop.

Oral bisphosphonate associated with decreased endometrial cancer risk

Oral bisphosphonate associated with decreased endometrial cancer risk

A reduction in endometrial cancer risk with oral bisphosphonate use in large cohort of postmenopausal women has been observed.

ASCO: High-risk prostate cancer diagnosis up since new PSA recommendations

ASCO: High-risk prostate cancer diagnosis up since new PSA recommendations

Researchers report 3 percent annual rise in intermediate- and high-risk cases

Link between nasal allergies increased risk of nasopharyngeal cancer

Link between nasal allergies increased risk of nasopharyngeal cancer

Patients with allergic rhinitis may have an increased risk of developing nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), according to a study.

Location of colorectal cancer impacts survival chances

Location of colorectal cancer impacts survival chances

Poorer outcome seen in study when tumor began on the organ's right side

Suicide deemed public health concern in those with genitourinary cancers

Suicide deemed public health concern in those with genitourinary cancers

Risk factors for suicide include male gender, distant disease, increasing age, race/ethnicity.

Farydak (panobinostat) now FDA-approved for multiple myeloma

Farydak (panobinostat) now FDA-approved for multiple myeloma

Drug is now sanctioned for people who have received at least two prior standard therapies.

ASCO: Testicular cancer history may indicate greater risk of developing prostate cancer

ASCO: Testicular cancer history may indicate greater risk of developing prostate cancer

Individuals who've had testicular cancer may be at increased risk for prostate cancer, but the overall risk is low, according to a study.

Post-cancer survival up for Americans, but disparities remain

Post-cancer survival up for Americans, but disparities remain

Study shows biggest improvements in post-cancer survival for people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64.

Women educated on overdiagnsosis are less likely to want mammogram

Women educated on overdiagnsosis are less likely to want mammogram

Risks and benefits of routine mammography continue to be debated, but educating women about the possibility of overdiagnosis from mammography screening may make some of them less likely to get the test.

Research finds no link between cancer and pimecrolimus

Research finds no link between cancer and pimecrolimus

Company-funded research followed nearly 7,500 children over 10 years, but established no increased cancer risk caused by the use of pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream to treat eczema in children.

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Oncology care teams should provide more guidance on lifestyle change as part of survivorship care, according to recent research.

Considerable practice variation among surgeons in selecting patients for radical prostatectomy

Considerable practice variation among surgeons in selecting patients for radical prostatectomy

Variation was observed at a high-volume center when surgeons selected patients with low-risk prostate cancer to undergo radical prostatectomy, according to a study.

Observation used increasingly in younger men with prostate cancer

Observation used increasingly in younger men with prostate cancer

From 2004 to 2009, marked increase in observation among men with low-risk prostate cancer has been observed.

ASCO endorses ACS recommendations for prostate cancer survivor care

ASCO endorses ACS recommendations for prostate cancer survivor care

Guideline outlines recommended follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors

Patient involvement increases perception of cancer care quality

Patient involvement increases perception of cancer care quality

Patients who participate in their medical decisions have a better impression about their level of care, a new study suggests, but researchers still unclear as to whether shared decision-making results in better outcomes.

ASA: Older stroke survivors have higher risk of cancer

ASA: Older stroke survivors have higher risk of cancer

Older stroke survivors may a greater-than-average chance of developing cancer, according to a recent study.

Health benefits linked to moderate drinking may be overestimated

Health benefits linked to moderate drinking may be overestimated

Previous studies linking moderate alcohol consumption to health benefits may have omitted some important details, according to British researchers.

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Yoga practice and fish oil use up, whereas some other supplement use is down.

HPV16 seropositivity common before anal cancer diagnosis

HPV16 seropositivity common before anal cancer diagnosis

Human papillomavirus type 16 seropositivity is fairly common before an anal cancer diagnosis, according to a study, and seropositivity tends to increase in blood samples drawn closer to time of cancer diagnosis.

Secondhand smoke exposure drops but still at unacceptable levels

Secondhand smoke exposure drops but still at unacceptable levels

Two out of five children are still exposed to secondhand smoke, health officials reported.

Lung cancer now most deadly cancer in developed nations

Lung cancer now most deadly cancer in developed nations

Leading cancer killer of American women for many years

Ibrance now FDA-approved to treat advanced breast cancer

Ibrance now FDA-approved to treat advanced breast cancer

Ibrance (palbociclib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for postmenopausal women with ER, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

AICR: Less than half of Americans aware of key cancer risk factors

AICR: Less than half of Americans aware of key cancer risk factors

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) discovered that many Americans worry about unproven cancer risk factors, such as food additives, and less about factors established as impacting cancer risk.

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.

New recommendations released for MRI use in multiple myeloma

New recommendations released for MRI use in multiple myeloma

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is gold standard for imaging axial skeleton, assessing painful lesions, and identification of benign fractures.

CIO: Bacteria could be new agent in battle against cancer

CIO: Bacteria could be new agent in battle against cancer

A weakened strain of Clostridium novyi-NT bacteria killed cancer cells when injected into tumors, investigators reported.

Colorectal cancer rates down overall but higher for younger Americans

Colorectal cancer rates down overall but higher for younger Americans

Research suggests that over the last 20 years colorectal cancer (CRC) rates been increasing among young and early middle-aged American adults.

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

When diagnosed with cancer, individuals with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medication, especially in cases of a poor cancer prognosis.

PDE-5 inhibitors linked to prostate cancer biochemical recurrence

PDE-5 inhibitors linked to prostate cancer biochemical recurrence

Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors up the risk of biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy, according to a recent study.

Combination prostate biopsy could yield improved results

Combination prostate biopsy could yield improved results

Prostate biopsies that combine both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology and ultrasound appear to give more accurate results, according to a new study.

Current smoking lowers survival odds for prostate cancer

Current smoking lowers survival odds for prostate cancer

Former, as well as current, smokers saw higher risk for disease recurrence and radiation therapy-related urinary side effects.

Core needle biopsy more sensitive for cervical lymphadenopathy examination

Core needle biopsy more sensitive for cervical lymphadenopathy examination

Findings compared to fine-needle aspiration cytology, especially for lymphoma, found that the sensitivity and negative predictive value for critical disease were significantly higher.

Biopsies with DCIS diagnosis increase for women undergoing mammography

Biopsies with DCIS diagnosis increase for women undergoing mammography

Biopsy frequency went up after diagnostic, but not screening, mammographies.

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, and the problem is more pronounced among minority women.

Exercise beneficial for patients with head and neck cancers undergoing radiation therapy

Exercise beneficial for patients with head and neck cancers undergoing radiation therapy

Significant benefits of exercise regimen in reducing the effect of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement on swallowing function for patients with head and neck cancer.

HPV vaccination often administered at less beneficial age

HPV vaccination often administered at less beneficial age

Researchers note that CDC recommends vaccination at age 11 or 12, but only half of girls receiving the vaccination get it at the proper age.

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

Coffee drinkers have lower risk of malignant melanoma

Coffee drinkers have lower risk of malignant melanoma

Individuals who drank more coffee daily had a lower risk of melanoma compared with those who drank little to no coffee.

Physicians report barriers in making cancer referrals

Physicians report barriers in making cancer referrals

Sixty percent of physicians report encountering a barrier when making cancer specialty referrals.

Screening based on family history of prostate cancer linked to prostate cancer-specific mortality

Screening based on family history of prostate cancer linked to prostate cancer-specific mortality

Focusing screening efforts on those with a positive family history of prostate cancer could be more effective.

Sputum biomarker testing may identify malignant lung nodules

Sputum biomarker testing may identify malignant lung nodules

An experimental test which checks sputum for three microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers of lung cancer was more than 80 percent correct in ID of cancerous nodules, but accuracy still needs improving.

Insulin resistance increases breast cancer risk

Insulin resistance increases breast cancer risk

Study of postmenopausal women suggests hormone levels matter more than excess weight, with regard to predicting breast cancer risk.

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer

Findings in a quasi-experimental study of Taiwanese women with early-stage breast cancer showed the potential for exercise to reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy.

ASCO: Vitamin D associated with progression of colon cancer

ASCO: Vitamin D associated with progression of colon cancer

Certain types of cancer patients tended to have lower vitamin D levels

Breast cancer prognosis impacted by race and ethnicity

Breast cancer prognosis impacted by race and ethnicity

The odds of being early breast cancer development and survival chances vary greatly depending on race and ethnicity, according to a new study.

Metabolic syndrome linked to increased risk of endometrial cancer

Metabolic syndrome linked to increased risk of endometrial cancer

A metabolic syndrome diagnosis is linked with higher risk of endometrial cancer; excess weight likely a big factor, but other conditions also appear to play a part.

Lung cancer incidence less at higher altitudes

Lung cancer incidence less at higher altitudes

Lower oxygen levels may play a role in study findings of lower lung cancer incidence, researchers say.

Increased risk of colorectal cancer with type 2 diabetes

Increased risk of colorectal cancer with type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer, particularly with an obesity duration of four years or longer, according to research published online.

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.

Guidance issued for HPV test As Pap test alternative

Guidance issued for HPV test As Pap test alternative

ACOG still recommending women aged 30 to 65 be screened with Pap or HPV/Pap combination, however.

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