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More Women With Breast Cancer Opt to Remove Healthy Breast

"One in three breast cancer patients under 45 removed the healthy breast along with the breast affected by cancer in 2012, a sharp increase from the one in 10 younger women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies eight years earlier, a new study reports. The rate is especially high in some parts of the country, the study in JAMA Surgery found. Nearly half of younger women in five neighboring states — Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota — had double mastectomies in 2010-12. Women often remove the healthy breast so they don’t have to worry about developing another cancer, even though there is no evidence that removing the healthy breast extends lives. Both the American B

X-Rays Of The Earliest Stage Of Alzheimer’s Offer Critical Clue About How It Starts

As many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today, and that number could more than triple by 2025. The brain disorder is the most common form of dementia, causing memory loss that worsens over time and eventually pushes the body to shut down. (Not to mention that it’s also one of the costliest health conditions in the U.S.) Some drugs can slow down the development of Alzheimer’s in some patients, but they don’t work for everyone ― and there is no cure. But new research has captured more detailed images of the brain at earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease than have ever been seen before. The pictures reveal an important clue about how the illness begins, which research

New technology in Utah freezes, kills early stage breast cancer tumors

OGDEN — After losing a daughter and two younger sisters to cancer, Adele Adams decided the diagnosis was something she never wanted to face. Unfortunately, in December, doctors told the 92-year-old she had a cancerous tumor in her breast. "At my age, you don't want an operation," Adams said, adding that she considered letting it take her life, if that were to happen. "I just want to finish my garden and take care of my house." Doctors gave her a couple options, including a surgical lumpectomy — the typical treatment for tumors throughout the body that is often followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation, or they said she could take medications to decrease the size of the tumor because it did n

Genetic test can tell age a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Anew genetic test which calculates the age that a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, has been developed by scientists. The technique involves checking for mutations in 26 genes which were found in tens of thousands of dementia patients and which can be used to calculate an individual ‘hazard score.’ Previous genetic testing for Alzheimer’s has largely relied on looking for defects in the APOE gene, which is known to raise the risk of disease 15 fold. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Clinical trial: Florida Hospital explores weight gain and breast cancer recurrence

"Many studies have focused on factors affecting cancer recurrence, and now a national clinical trial is underway to determine whether losing weight changes the risk of cancer recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with early breast cancer. Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center has opened a National Cancer Institute clinical trial to address this question. "The Breast Cancer Weight Loss study (BWEL) will enroll more than 3,000 patients with breast cancer in the United States and Canada," said Lindsay Cashio, the hospital's assistant director of communications. "The results of this study will help researchers understand if losing weight after breast cancer diagnosis helps to decrease t

Loving Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease can be especially difficult for the family of patients as they witness their loved one’s personality changing. Family members often have to deal with the emotionally painful experience of their loved one not recognizing them or forgetting their name. A short film from Buzzfeed demonstrates that although the disease may have changed the patient, they are still the same person that you have always loved and they will continue to need your strength and support as the disease progresses. Written by Wendy Henderson for Alzheimer's News Today To read the full article, click HERE

New study finds soy is safe, beneficial for breast cancer survivors

"The pros and cons of soy for breast cancer patients have been debated for years. Now, research involving more than 6,200 breast cancer survivors finds that those who ate the most soy had a lower risk of death from all causes during the nearly 10-year follow-up period. "We didn't find any harmful effects of women diagnosed with breast cancer consuming soy in terms of mortality," said study leader Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston." Written by Kathleen Doheny for HealthDay To read the full article, Click HERE (Getty Images)

Alzheimer's: The disease that could bankrupt Medicare

"Every 66 seconds this year, an American will develop Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association annual report, released Tuesday. By the year 2050, that number is expected to double to one every 33 seconds. Those startling statistics are mirrored worldwide. In 2016, the World Alzheimer's Report estimated that 47 million people around the globe had dementia. To put that in perspective, it's a bit more than the current population of Spain. And because nine of 10 people with dementia in low- and middle-income countries and half of those in high-income countries are not diagnosed, the global number of people diagnosed is expected to triple by 2050." Written by Sandee LaMotte f

Google uses AI to help diagnose breast cancer

"Google announced Friday that it has achieved state-of-the-art results in using artificial intelligence to identify breast cancer. The findings are a reminder of the rapid advances in artificial intelligence, and its potential to improve global health. Google used a flavor of artificial intelligence called deep learning to analyze thousands of slides of cancer cells provided by a Dutch university. Deep learning is where computers are taught to recognize patterns in huge data sets. It's very useful for visual tasks, such as looking at a breast cancer biopsy. With 230,000 new cases of breast cancer every year in the United States, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) hopes its technology will help pathologi

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