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No More War (Words)! – wehearthealthliteracy – Health Article

Alt: A doctor doodle says, “You’re in for a long battle against athlete’s foot. But you’re a fighter! You’ll win this war!” A patient doodle frowns, imagining a tiny version of himself fighting a giant foot with a sword. Chances are you’ve heard of the “war on cancer.” Maybe you’ve written about someone who “beat” their disease—or “lost the battle.” Doctors, patients, and health writers use militaristic language all the time. But today, dear readers, we’re calling for a ceasefire…

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Seven things we learnt by measuring the length of cancer diagnostic pathways – Health Article

The secondary care diagnostic interval (SCDI) is the period of time, in days, from a patient’s first interaction with secondary care, which can be a referral, appointment or diagnostic test, to their cancer diagnosis. A short SCDI is not necessarily better, as it may represent the presence of clear symptoms or advanced disease, which result in a quicker cancer diagnosis. In partnership with Cancer Research UK, PHE has published new data showing the SCDIs for cancer patients in England diagnosed…

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How and Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate – Health Article

Glyphosate is one of the active ingredients in Roundup® – the most commonly used herbicide in the world.  Most of us are exposed to glyphosate every day, often without realizing it.  In fact, an estimated 93% of Americans have glyphosate in their bodies, with children having the highest level, according to a 2015 study by the University of California at San Francisco.  Glyphosate can be found in breast milk, drinking water, rain samples, and the food we feed our families. …

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Colorectal cancer screening before age 50? – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There is strong evidence that screening for CRC with colonoscopy, other visual exams, or stool-based tests can reduce CRC mortality. As a result, several expert organizations have long recommended regular CRC screening for US adults ages 50 to 75. In 2018, the American Cancer Society (ACS) became the first major organization to recommend CRC screening starting at 45. Why did the ACS recommend CRC screening…

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Covering health care – as a cancer patient – Health Article

Alexandra Glorioso, a Florida health reporter for Politico, joined AHCJ for a webcast about what being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 31 taught her about reporting on health care. Before we say anything else – after a rough year with chemo, surgery, and radiation – Glorioso is doing well. She’s in remission (and planning her wedding!). Based in Tallahassee, she’s professionally focused on the state legislature, and the governor – budgetary and political fights about health policy…

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Resveratrol And Breast Cancer (STUDY) – Health Article

Researchers demonstrate that resveratrol, the ingredient which is  found in red wine, prevents the growth of breast cancer cells by stopping the growth effects of estrogen. These study results suggest that resveratrol is capable of counteracting the malignant progression as it suppresses the spreading of hormone resistant breast cancer cells. The discovery has significant implications for treating breast cancer in women whose tumors at some point develop a resistance to hormonal therapy.[1] The researchers made use of a number of…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

There are many forms of magic inspired by Disney, the company. There’s the obvious attraction, the Magic Kingdom, that was Walt’s original destination vision, “imagineered” in 1932. Then there are other kinds of magic. The one I’m deep into in the moment is inspiration, ideation, and “reimagineering” my own thinking about work, legacy, and social justice. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to spend much of this week at the inaugural Disney Institute Women’s Leadership Summit. The Institute convened…

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When a Close Relative Has Cancer, Books Can Help Children Cope – Health Article

Most adults realize that cancer is a complex disease, but it can be even harder for children to understand the situation surrounding a cancer diagnosis and treatment. When the disease is affecting a close relative, most parents wonder how much they should tell their kids about cancer. “I think for parents, they have worries about how to break the news to their children and whether they will say the right thing or be able to get the words out,” says…

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Alex Trebek’s ‘near remission’ story serves as a reminder: Beware celebrity health news – Health Article

In People magazine’s latest cover story, Alex Trebek said his advanced pancreatic cancer is in “near remission.” People portrayed this as a dramatic turnaround: When Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer three months ago, fans were shocked. But now the beloved Trebek has good news to share: He’s in “near remission,” according to doctors. “It’s kind of mind-boggling,” the 78-year-old says, in PEOPLE’s new cover story. Although the cancer has a 9 percent survival rate,…

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I see you –– but don’t ask me how I’m doing – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

On the worst day of my life, I noticed how many times an hour Americans ask some version of “how’s it going?” without actually wanting to know the answer. It happens when we pass each other in the halls at work, at the park, in line at Starbucks. We ask when making small talk before getting down to business. It even happens when we are waiting for the test results that reveal we have cancer. How’s it going? On January…

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Topical treatment helps prevent actinic keratosis from developing into skin cancer – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

Actinic keratoses are small, red, scaly spots that can feel like dry, sandpapery skin. They are a direct result of ultraviolet radiation, which is why they most commonly occur in sun-exposed areas, such as the face, forearms, and hands. Why are actinic keratoses a concern? If left untreated, some actinic keratoses can develop into squamous cell skin cancers. Actinic keratosis can develop in almost 40% of white patients older than 50, making it the most common precancerous skin condition in…

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Types of biopsy, What to Expect, and Its Uses – Health Article

A biopsy is a kind of diagnosis process in which a very small amount of tissue or cells from the body are removed for the sampling purpose. After that, it has undergone through laboratory test where it is analyzed whether the sample taken is cancerous or non-cancerous. There are different types of biopsy depending upon the area of the body which is needed to be diagnosed. The importance of biopsy test in medical science is enormous as it ensures a…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

Enlightened health/care industry and public policy stakeholders have begun to embrace and address social determinants of health. These are the inputs that bolster health beyond health care services: they include economic stability like job security and income level (and equity), education, and access to healthy food, food security, safe neighborhoods, social support, clean environments (water and air), and in my own update on SDoH factors, access to broadband connectivity. As physician leaders in the AMA, technology advocates from AMIA, and…

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Mindfulness-Based Treatments for Cancer and Other Chronic Illness – Health Article

What is Mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn[1] defines mindfulness as… “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”   Several decades ago I had noticed the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions that I taught to cancer patients and to others suffering from serious chronic disorders, and I was happy to see formal publications appear in journals attesting to my clinical observations and efforts.  A meta-analysis[2] of the effects of mindfulness-based studies appeared in the journal Psycho-Oncology: Journal of Psychological, Social…

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Using the world’s most comprehensive collection of cancer data – Health Article

Public Health England (PHE) is proud to oversee the most comprehensive collection of cancer data in the world. The National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) collects data on all cases of cancer in England, which is then used to support public health, healthcare and research. NCRAS publishes data on new cases of cancer and cancer survival, monitors diagnosis and treatment pathways and looks at trends and geographical patterns to help identify risk factors and potential cancer clusters. We also…

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The fitter ticker | Health Beat – Health Article

A few sensible bouts of jogging each week can help build a healthier system, reducing the likelihood of developing heart problems. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Even a slight improvement in your heart and lung fitness could reduce your risk of a heart attack, a new study reveals. Between 2006 and 2008, researchers assessed the cardiorespiratory—heart and lung—fitness of just over 4,500 men and women in Norway. None had heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer and most were considered at…

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Contagious Cancer and the Modern Zombie Genre – Health Article

Immortal cancerous lifeforms including the infamous He-La cell and the A-549 cell line as well as others are the real modern zombie horror show that many have never heard of. This is because the situation may be far scarier than any movie. Immortal He-La cells are human cancer cells propagated in a lab that live forever given the right conditions and are very hard to control. Having a prion-like capability of floating on a grain of dust or adhering to…

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