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Feb 9, 2006

Do You Read All Of Our Medical Blogs?

Do You Read All Of Our Medical Blogs? Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.
Do you read all of the medical blogs published by medicineworld.org? Many of our bloggers are busy keeping you updated on various medical topics. Medicieworld.org is publishing a wide variety of blogs on different topics.

Breast cancer blog: Breast cancer blog is run by Janet and colleagues. Latest post from this breast cancer blog reads as follows: How Broccoli May Protect You From Cancer - Make broccoli a part of your everyday diet. This may protect you from cancer. A chemical found in vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage might boost DNA repair in cells that may have undergone damage. Previous research has shown a link between these foods and a reduced cancer risk. Now a new research is showing how these vegetables might decrease your risk of cancer...............

Lung cancer blog: Lung cancer blog is run by Scott and colleagues. Latest post from this lung cancer blog reads as follows: Lung Cancer Is More Funding - Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the United Kigdom. Despite this grim fact, sufferers of Lung cancer are still not getting the care and attention they deserve, as per campaigners. Lung cancer activists are asking the government to do more lung cancer patients.
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Colon cancer blog: Colon cancer blog is run by Sue and colleagues. Latest post from this cancer blog post reads as follows: Coffee May Not Reduce Cancer Risk - Remember this blog posting from Nov 14, 2005, in which I wrote that coffee drinking may protect you from colorectal cancer.......

Prostate cancer blog: Prostate cancer blog is run by Mark and colleagues. Latest post from this prostate cancer blog reads as follows: Vitamin D May Inhibit Prostate Cancer - Vitamin D may have the ability to inhibit the spread of prostate cancer cells by limiting the activity of two specific enzymes as reports University of Rochester Medical Center researches.......

We have a diabetes watch blog as well and this is run by JoAnn and colleagues. The latest post from this diabetes watch blog reads as follows: Diabetes Drugs May Increase Risk Of Cancer Death - Drugs that are commonly used in type-2 diabetes may increase the risk of cancer as per findings from new research. Many patients with type 2 diabetes who take sulfonylureas or insulin appear to be at increased risk of dying from cancer compared with those who take metformin, as per Canadian researchers.......

Heart watch blog: Heart watch blog is run by Daniel and colleagues. The latest post from this heart watch blog reads as follows: Eating Less Fat May Not Protect You From Cancer And Heart Disease -
Eating less fat is not final solution cancer and heart disease as per findings from a recently published research. This new study has found that eating less fat later in life may not lower the risk of cancer and heart disease among older women. This is a disappointment for those who expected to have a greater benefit from a healthy diet...............

Cancer blog: I manage the cancer blog with lots of help and support form other bloggers. The latest post from this cancer blog reads as follows: Vitamin D May Inhibit Prostate Cancer - Vitamin D may have the ability to inhibit the spread of prostate cancer cells by limiting the activity of two specific enzymes as reports University of Rochester Medical Center researches...............

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Feb 6, 2006

Lung Cancer Is More Funding

Lung Cancer Is More Funding
Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the United Kigdom. Despite this grim fact, sufferers of Lung cancer are still not getting the care and attention they deserve, as per campaigners. Lung cancer activists are asking the government to do more lung cancer patients.

A recent study done by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Relief showed that more than 38,000 people die from lung cancer each year in the UK. This makes lung cancer the biggest cancer killer. Despite these facts lung cancer receives just 4% of the national cancer research budget.

Lung cancer activists say the stigma linked to lung cancer, "smokers' caused this disease to themselves" means patients do not get the best support and information they need.

Everyone should remember that according to figures, one in 10 lung cancer cases are diagnosed in people who have never smoked.


Peter Cardy, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief, added: "Lung cancer has been the poor relation for far too long and it's time to ensure patients get the care that they deserve.

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Feb 2, 2006

Do You Read All Of Our Medical Blogs?

Do You Read All Of Our Medical Blogs?
Do you read all of the medical blogs published by medicineworld.org? Many of our bloggers are busy keeping you updated on various medical topics. Medicieworld.org is publishing a wide variety of blogs on different topics.

Breast cancer blog: Breast cancer blog is run by Janet and colleagues. Latest post from this breast cancer blog reads as follows: How Breast Cancer Affects Your Job - Did your employer make reasonable accommodation for your breast cancer, while you were ongoing the treatment? If your answer is yes then you are in the majority. There is now information on this issue thanks to the research efforts of Dr. Reynard R. Bouknight and colleagues from Michigan State University in East Lansing. His study has shown that most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer return to work after completion of treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Bouknight says that it always helps to have an understanding and accommodating employer.......

Lung cancer blog: Lung cancer blog is run by Scott and colleagues. Latest post from this lung cancer blog reads as follows: Naturopath Stands Trial For Cancer Patient's Death - Brian O'Connell, 37, would like to call himself as a naturopath, is now in deep trouble as he is about to stand trial for the death of one of his patients. O'Connell was charged with manslaughter after he unsuccessfully treated Sean Flanagan, a 19-year-old who suffered from Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer...............

Colon cancer blog: Colon cancer blog is run by Sue and colleagues. Latest post from this cancer blog post reads as follows: Magnesium May Protect Against Colon Cancer - Previous studies have shown that higher intake of minerals may decrease the risk of colon. Findings from new research now suggest that a diet rich in magnesium may actually decrease the risk of colon cancer supporting the previous findings.......

Prostate cancer blog: Prostate cancer blog is run by Mark and colleagues. Latest post from this prostate cancer blog reads as follows: Corn Oil May Promote Prostate Cancer - Were you consuming a lot of corn oil lately? Then you should read the rest. Researchers have found that a common form of fat found in corn oil may promote the growth of prostate cancer cells.......

We have a diabetes watch blog as well and this is run by JoAnn and colleagues. The latest post from this diabetes watch blog reads as follows: Imaging For Brain Changes In Patients With Diabetes - Although people with diabetes are twice as likely as the general population to develop depression, the cause of this increased risk is not well understood. Now, a Joslin Diabetes Center-led collaboration has documented for the first time subtle changes in the gray matter of the brain of type 1 diabetes patients compared to control subjects who did not have diabetes. They made these observations using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), a relatively new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that allows researchers to take very sensitive measurements of small regions in the brain. For the first time, doctors have reason to ask if the increased risk of depression could in fact be due to changes in brain.......

Heart watch blog: Heart watch blog is run by Daniel and colleagues. The latest post from this heart watch blog reads as follows: Microvascular Syndrome Common In Women - While about 12 million U.S. women are having coronary artery disease about 3 million of them have a condition called coronary microvascular syndrome. Women with this condition have atherosclerotic plaques in the tiniest arteries of their heart, reducing oxygen flow.......

Cancer blog: I manage the cancer blog with lots of help and support form other bloggers. The latest post from this cancer blog reads as follows: Magnesium May Protect Against Colon Cancer - Previous studies have shown that higher intake of minerals may decrease the risk of colon. Findings from new research now suggest that a diet rich in magnesium may actually decrease the risk of colon cancer supporting the previous findings...............

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Jan 31, 2006

Naturopath Stands Trial For Cancer Patient's Death

Naturopath Stands Trial For Cancer Patient's Death
Brian O'Connell, 37, would like to call himself as a naturopath, is now in deep trouble as he is about to stand trial for the death of one of his patients. O'Connell was charged with manslaughter after he unsuccessfully treated Sean Flanagan, a 19-year-old who suffered from Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer.

The parents have put their last hope in O'Connell, who has treated the boy with herbal medicine, nutrition and physiotherapy. He assured the parents that he would be able to save their son.

During the course of treatment O'Connell administered ultraviolet blood irradiation, in which he removed blood from Flanagan's system, passed it under ultraviolet light and injected it back into his body. O'Connell said that this would stimulate the immune system by increasing oxygen in the blood. However, Sean Flanagan was admitted to a hospital two days later with lung infection.

When he was discharged from the hospital, the UV light treatment was administered at home, which caused his oxygen saturation levels to drop. Subsequently O'Connell allegedly treated Sean Flanagan by injecting his blood with hydrogen peroxide. Flanagan's cause of death was listed as probable complications from the hydrogen peroxide treatment.

The case highlights the dangers of unproven alternative therapies, which many consider to be a safer alternative to scientifically proven modern medicine.

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Jan 26, 2006

Why Blacks Are More Prone To Lung Cancer?

Why Blacks Are More Prone To Lung Cancer?
Given the same amount of exposure to cigarette smoke, the risk of developing lung cancer is much more in blacks compared to the white population. Recent data suggest that this difference in vulnerability for development of lung cancer may be in the genes rather than in the environment.

These results are from a study which is said to be the largest ever done on this subject. This study also found that Hispanic and Asian smokers were less likely than black smokers to develop lung cancer. This racial difference in risk of development of lung cancer was apparent only among light smokers. Once they smoke heavily the high risk caused by heavy smoking buffers the genetic difference between races. These racial differences disappear in those who smoke, more than a pack and a half per day.

Doctors have long known that blacks are substantially more likely than whites to develop lung cancer and more likely to die from it. But the reasons for the disparity are unclear.

Some say the difference is a matter of genetics, while others contend smoking habits may play a role. For example, researchers say blacks tend to puff more deeply than whites, which may expose them to more carcinogens. Smoking rates are also slightly higher among blacks, but whites tend to smoke more cigarettes a day.

In this study that was published in the latest issue of New England Journal of Medicine, researchers compared the lung cancer risk among ethnic groups who smoked the same amount. Researchers say that findings suggest genes may be one of the important factors that explain the racial difference in susceptibility to lung cancer.

This study involved more than 180,000 people, more than half of them belonged to minority ethnic groups.

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Jan 25, 2006

Fish Oil Good For Heart, But No Help For Cancer

Fish Oil Good For Heart, But No Help For Cancer
It was widely believed by the scientists and researchers that fish oil may help to prevent some forms of cancer. Fish oil has a known protective effect against heart disease and now it looks like we have to be satisfied with just the heart protective effects of fish oil. This new information on lack of cancer protection of fish oil was released in a review of studies involving more than 700,000 patients.

Researchers combed through the data from 38 different studies that tracked patients for up to 30 years, and came to the conclusion that omega-3 fatty acids that are present in the fish oil has no cancer protective effect. Dr. Catherine MacLean, the lead author and a researcher at the Rand Corp. and Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System say that although a few studies found some risk reduction for cancers of the breast, prostate and lung, those studies were relatively small and not definitive.

I Don't think this is going to be the last word on this issue. It has been shown over and over again that plays a key role in causation and prevention of cancer.

These researchers review includes studies that evaluated the effects of fish oil, in both pill form and as food on 11 kinds of cancer, mostly tumors of the breast, colon, lung or prostate. This new study appear in the latest issue of Journal of the American Medical Association

These 38 studies they have evaluated are very different among themselves involving different population groups and different levels of fish oil consumption. This limits the value of this analysis and precludes from making any definite conclusions.

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Jan 23, 2006

Palliative Radiation Therapy Of Lung Cancer May Actually Save Lives

Palliative Radiation Therapy Of Lung Cancer May Actually Save Lives
Palliation therapy is therapy aimed at palliating or reliving symptoms, without addressing the disease causing the symptoms. Palliative radiation therapy is meant to ease symptoms like pain in terminal cancer patients and is not aimed at controlling the disease process or prolonging lives.

Now a group of Australian researchers have a surprising finding. They say that small doses of radiation that is used for palliation may actually save the lives of a few patients. They found that about one in a hundred patients with apparently terminal non-small cell lung cancer survived five or more years after the treatments, and 18 patients were apparently cured, these Australian researchers said.

Dr. Michael Mac Manus, who is a radiation oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia, led this research. He and his colleagues followed 2,337 apparently incurable lung cancer patients who had received palliative doses of radiation.

Their findings appeared in the recent issue of journal Cancer. It says that about 1.1 percent of the 2,337 patients lived five or more years after treatment.

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Jan 22, 2006

New Technology For Lung Cancer Detection

New Technology For Lung Cancer Detection
As you all know, currently lung cancer has a grim prognosis, with only 12-15 percent of patients diagnosed with lung caner living long term. Researchers and physicians all over the world have been trying to device methods to improve lung cancer survival from this bleak looking numbers. Early detection and intervention would improve the outcome in lung cancer as it is in many cancers lung breast cancer. Detecting and treating lung cancer when they are small for example like when they are 3 centimeter or less in size improves the survival to about 75 percent.

As I have previously written in this blog, spiral CT scan is a technique that is capable of detecting lung tumors early. In this type of CT scan, the physician obtains about 500 separate slice images of the chest with very high resolution. This would enable the physician to find small lung tumors, before it may have spread to other organs, much like a mammogram in breast cancer. The problem with spiral CT scan is that, it takes for ever to study the 500 or so slice that the machine produces for one person. Large-scale screening using this technique becomes practically impossible or at least very difficult because of the enormous amount of work involved.

Computer-aided detection (CAD), can theoretically replace much of manpower with the computer technology. The computer-aided system that is available so far has not been very sensitive to do the job without errors, so a large number of false positive results occur with CAD.

Now there is progress in this field. Researchers from University of Oxford Engineering Science department have developed a new technique incorporating a process called Visual Moving Features (VMF) for detecting pulmonary nodules. VMF detects a predefined structure in a subject by analyzing the image based on a representation of the structure constructed across a number of parallel image planes. The method has been tested on results from 12 clinical cases involving a total of 3875 sectional images and 106 lung nodules. The technology was so accurate that, every nodule recognized by a skilled radiologist was detected by the Oxford method.

May be this the technology of the future for early lung cancer detection.

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Jan 20, 2006

Smokers Sue Philip Morris

Smokers Sue Philip Morris
A group of longtime Marlboro cigarette smokers sued Philip Morris on Thursday, but not for cash. Instead, they want the tobacco giant to pay for annual high-tech screenings they say would catch lung cancer in its early stages.

Like other tobacco lawsuits, the complaint filed by four plaintiffs in federal court in Brooklyn alleges they were victims of deceptive marketing of a deadly product. It seeks class action status for anyone over the age of 50 who has smoked the equivalent of one pack a day for at least 20 years.

The plaintiffs have demanded yearly spiral Computerized axial tomography scans at the company's expense. The suit claims the procedure _ which can cost up to $500 and is not normally covered by health insurance could save thousands of lives by detecting lung cancer before it becomes deadly.

"Philip Morris is obligated morally, not just legally, to make a health investment to help prevent death and suffering caused by the Marlboro smoke," said the smokers' attorney Jerome H. Block.

Philip Morris USA Inc., the nation's largest cigarette company, had no immediate comment.

Tobacco companies have won two other so-called medical monitoring suits that went to trial. In a 2001 case brought against Philip Morris, a West Virginia jury found that the manufacturer had no obligation to provide cancer screening for the state's healthy and former smokers; a Louisiana jury made a similar finding in 2003.

The new suit describes a Computerized axial tomography scan as a simple procedure that can detect small tumors on the lungs far more effectively than conventional chest X-rays.

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Jan 18, 2006

Compound Related To Vitamin A Fights Lung Cancer

Compound Related To Vitamin A Fights Lung Cancer
A compound, which is a relative of vitamin A may be the next weapon in the fight against lung cancer. New research shows promise of lung cancer tumor progression or slowing of the growth using this compound in mice.

This research was led by Dr. Ming You, director of the Chemoprevention Program at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University. Dr.You and his colleagues found that this compound, called bexarotene, is effective in prevention of lung cancer cells in mouse. They also found that this compound doesn't cause the severe skin irritations that have limited the use of other vitamin A derivatives in cancer therapies.

The ideal substance to prevent cancer would block tumor growth without causing unpleasant or dangerous side effects. In other studies, bexarotene showed some promise in cancer treatment. It extended survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer and one that has a five-year survival rate of less than 5 percent when diagnosed at the advanced stage.

In the current study, to be published in an upcoming issue of Oncogene, You, who is also professor of surgery, and Dr. Yian Wang, associate professor of surgery and their colleagues showed that lung-cancer-susceptible mice receiving non-toxic doses of bexarotene ended up with fewer and smaller benign and malignant tumors than mice that were not treated with bexarotene.

The researchers saw a reduction of almost 50 percent in terms of total amount of tumor in mice who were given bexarotene for 12 weeks after the animals had already developed benign tumors following injection of a lung carcinogen. Bexarotene also inhibited the progression of benign to malignant tumors by about 50 percent. The mice were engineered to have the genetic alterations seen in human lung cancers, so they readily develop lung cancer when given known lung carcinogens.

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