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For millennials, cancers fueled by obesity are on rise, study says

Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, examined data on 12 obesity-related cancers between 1995 and 2014, as well as 18 common... Read More »

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Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, examined data on 12 obesity-related cancers between 1995 and 2014, as well as 18 common… Read More »

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PLANNED ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY COSTS INCREASE 44% IN 8 YEARS

Knee replacements are up by 17% and hip replacements are up 33% from 2010-2017, finds a review of medical claims data by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Despite potential cost savings, only 11% of knee procedures and 8% of hip procedures were performed on an outpatient basis in 2017. The wide price variation between... Read More »

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Knee replacements are up by 17% and hip replacements are up 33% from 2010-2017, finds a review of medical claims data by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Despite potential cost savings, only 11% of knee procedures and 8% of hip procedures were performed on an outpatient basis in 2017. The wide price variation between… Read More »

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“Christmas Berry” Plant Compound Could Fight Uveal Melanoma

A molecule derived from a type of primrose could prove to be a potent inhibitor of metastatic growth for a rare and aggressive cancer. Christmas berry plant (Ardisia crenata) PHILADELPHIA — Doctors diagnose about 2,000 adults with uveal melanoma, a cancer of the eye, every year. In half of cases, the disease metastasizes to the... Read More »

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A molecule derived from a type of primrose could prove to be a potent inhibitor of metastatic growth for a rare and aggressive cancer. Christmas berry plant (Ardisia crenata) PHILADELPHIA — Doctors diagnose about 2,000 adults with uveal melanoma, a cancer of the eye, every year. In half of cases, the disease metastasizes to the… Read More »

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One Implant, Two Prices. It Depends On Who’s Paying.

Breast implants — used for both cancer and cosmetic surgeries — give a glimpse into how hospitals mark up prices of medical devices to increase their bottom lines. Kim Daniels didn’t have to pay a penny for her double mastectomy or the reconstructive surgery she had after treatment for breast cancer in June 2018. Her... Read More »

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Breast implants — used for both cancer and cosmetic surgeries — give a glimpse into how hospitals mark up prices of medical devices to increase their bottom lines. Kim Daniels didn’t have to pay a penny for her double mastectomy or the reconstructive surgery she had after treatment for breast cancer in June 2018. Her… Read More »

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Australian researchers develop 10-minute cancer test

Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study. The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water. The test works by identifying... Read More »

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Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study. The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water. The test works by identifying… Read More »

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E-Alerts Dramatically Cut Heart Attack Rate for People Hospitalized With A-Fib

A simple pop-up alert on a computer screen could help save the brains and hearts of many hospital-bound people with an irregular heartbeat, a new clinical trial reveals. Rates for heart attack and stroke plunged by close to 90 percent in people helped by the new program, the study found. The computer alert warns doctors... Read More »

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A simple pop-up alert on a computer screen could help save the brains and hearts of many hospital-bound people with an irregular heartbeat, a new clinical trial reveals. Rates for heart attack and stroke plunged by close to 90 percent in people helped by the new program, the study found. The computer alert warns doctors… Read More »

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Only One-Third of Trials Supporting FDA Approval of Cancer Drugs Met the ESMO-MCBS Criteria for Substantial Clinical Benefit

When the European Society of Medical Oncology Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale (ESMO-MCBS) was used to evaluate trials in cancer that were the basis of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals, researchers found that only one-third of the studies demonstrated a substantial clinical benefit, which was defined as grade A or grade B for... Read More »

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When the European Society of Medical Oncology Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale (ESMO-MCBS) was used to evaluate trials in cancer that were the basis of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals, researchers found that only one-third of the studies demonstrated a substantial clinical benefit, which was defined as grade A or grade B for… Read More »

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Novartis CAR-T likely improves long-term survival and is cost-effective, study finds

Still, despite costs largely in line with the therapy’s benefits, the study’s author and another expert said reimbursement models have not kept up and need improvement. Novartis’ CAR-T therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in pediatric patients appears to significantly increase survival while exerting costs to the healthcare system that are in line with its benefits,... Read More »

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Still, despite costs largely in line with the therapy’s benefits, the study’s author and another expert said reimbursement models have not kept up and need improvement. Novartis’ CAR-T therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in pediatric patients appears to significantly increase survival while exerting costs to the healthcare system that are in line with its benefits,… Read More »

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Cervical cancer: Australia ‘to be first to eliminate disease’

Cervical cancer is being successfully reduced by prevention schemes Australia will become the first country to effectively eliminate cervical cancer if vaccination and screening rates are maintained, researchers say. The disease could be eradicated as a public health issue nationally within 20 years, according to new modelling. It is predicted to be classified as a... Read More »

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Cervical cancer is being successfully reduced by prevention schemes Australia will become the first country to effectively eliminate cervical cancer if vaccination and screening rates are maintained, researchers say. The disease could be eradicated as a public health issue nationally within 20 years, according to new modelling. It is predicted to be classified as a… Read More »

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This Medical Clip May Be a Powerful Treatment for Heart Failure, Study Says

A seemingly simple but sophisticated clip may usher in a “new era” for patients suffering from a severe and difficult-to-treat complication of heart failure, according to a new study. The device, called the MitraClip, reduced hospitalizations related to heart failure by nearly half and deaths by nearly 40% among patients with a specific and serious... Read More »

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A seemingly simple but sophisticated clip may usher in a “new era” for patients suffering from a severe and difficult-to-treat complication of heart failure, according to a new study. The device, called the MitraClip, reduced hospitalizations related to heart failure by nearly half and deaths by nearly 40% among patients with a specific and serious… Read More »

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