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Dinner Hour and Sleep Habits Affect Risk of Breast, Prostate Cancers

Dinner Hour and Sleep Habits Affect Risk of Breast, Prostate Cancers

A population-based, case-control study identified a link between timing of meals and interval between last meal and sleep with risk of cancer, particularly of the breast and prostate.

Root-Cause Analysis Reveals Better Recognition of Cancer-Related Suicide Triggers Is Needed

Root-Cause Analysis Reveals Better Recognition of Cancer-Related Suicide Triggers Is Needed

Researchers reviewed data from the VA National Center for Patient Safety RCA database to identify mental health triggers that may precipitate cancer-related suicides.

Tissue Tumor Mutational Burden Predictive of Response to Immunotherapy

Tissue Tumor Mutational Burden Predictive of Response to Immunotherapy 

Researchers found that tTMB was associated with efficacy across the various study tumor types.

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Exclusion of women from upper echelons of medicine may have real implications for patient care.

Bariatric Surgery Reduced Risk of Some Cancers in Obese Patients

Bariatric Surgery Reduced Risk of Some Cancers in Obese Patients

Weight loss associated with bariatric surgery could reduce risk of hormone-related cancers, but an increased risk for colorectal cancer was seen in patients who underwent gastric bypass.

Informational Studies About Medical Marijuana Are Lacking

Informational Studies About Medical Marijuana Are Lacking

Researchers surveyed random sample of 400 oncologists to asses their views and practices with medical marijuana.

Patient Fears of Placebo Use in Clinical Trials

Patient Fears of Placebo Use in Clinical Trials

What should be explained to patients regarding placebo use in controlled trials?

Effective NP-Physician Comanagement Found to Depend on 3 Vital Attributes

Effective NP-Physician Comanagement Found to Depend on 3 Vital Attributes

Researchers employed a literature search and in-person qualitative interviews to determine the key elements to successful NP-physician comanagement.

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

Have you ever thought about what is meant — or understood — when you say to a patient "It's going to be okay"? Hearing an exchange between her grandson and a pediatric nurse prompted Ann Brady to reflect on abbreviated communications.

The Nurse as Patient Advocate: What I Did When My Patient Had No Clothes

The Nurse as Patient Advocate: What I Did When My Patient Had No Clothes

Patient advocacy can lead nurses to take on great challenges in the course of caring for their patients or to brave the elements to retrieve replacements for a patient's missing clothes.

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