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Tumor Test Helps Identify Which Breast Cancers Don't Require Extra Treatment

For years, doctors have focused on detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible moment after a tumor develops so treatment can start right away. But more and more studies are showing many small, early tumors don't present a danger. So, when is it safe to remove a tumor but skip additional treatments like tamoxifen, chemotherapy and radiation? A study published Thursday in JAMA Oncology suggests that it may be possible to distinguish fairly precisely between "ultralow-risk" tumors that are unlikely to cause problems and those that are more aggressive and likely to spread — thus allowing some patients to avoid unnecessary treatments. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Joe Neel

How Exercise May Protect the Brain From Alzheimer’s Disease

Regular exercise may offer some protection against Alzheimer's disease, even for people who are genetically at risk, according to recent research. In the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, people who did more moderate-intensity physical activity were more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brains—a sign of healthy brain activity—than those who did less. Light-intensity physical activity, on the other hand, was not associated with similar benefits. The study involved 93 adults with an average age of 64, all of whom had at least one parent with Alzheimer’s disease, at least one gene variation linked to Alzheimer’s disease, or both. This put them

Medicaid cuts linked to delayed breast cancer diagnosis

Regular exercise may offer some protection against Alzheimer's disease, even for people who are genetically at risk, according to recent research. In the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, people who did more moderate-intensity physical activity were more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brains—a sign of healthy brain activity—than those who did less. Light-intensity physical activity, on the other hand, was not associated with similar benefits. The study involved 93 adults with an average age of 64, all of whom had at least one parent with Alzheimer’s disease, at least one gene variation linked to Alzheimer’s disease, or both. This put them

CARE's Successful Vineyard Vines 10/10 Events

Care for A Cure is pleased to report a successful series of 10/10 events with our partner Vineyard Vines. 10/10 events offered shoppers 10% off of their entire purchase and Vineyard Vines donated 10% to Care For A Cure. We thank Vineyard Vines for their continued partnership and believing in Care For A Cure and our mission to help patients, families, and caregivers affected by Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Alzheimer and the patient who helped reveal a devastating disease

It is fitting that a disease of forgetting is named for a person who is all but forgotten. Wednesday marks the 153rd birthday of Alois Alzheimer, the German psychiatrist who is often credited for first describing the clinical and micro-anatomic features of a brain disease that steals the memories of millions of people each year. There are, of course, many causes of dementia, a term derived from the Latin word, ‘demens,’ which means “without mind.” (The prefix ‘de’ connotes “off” or “not” and the noun ‘mens’ refers to the mind). To read the full article, click HERE (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why treating breast cancer with less may be more

Women with breast cancer have long faced complicated choices about the best course of treatment. One particular concern has been the daily radiation therapy many women with breast cancer receive for six weeks after surgery. This form of therapy, also known as conventionally fractionated external beam radiation, has generally been recommended for most women undergoing breast conservation therapy. The goal has been to rid the body of any remaining cancerous cells that the surgeon’s tools could not remove. Radiation, however, can be time-consuming and expensive for the patient and society. It also carries a small risk for late complications, such as heart disease. New therapies have been tested

Minority communities will be hit hardest by soaring rates of Alzheimer’s disease

It’s time to stop side-stepping the obvious: In addition to affecting the lives of virtually all Americans in the coming years, Alzheimer’s disease will devastate communities of color. We must act with urgency and coordinated force today to prevent that from happening. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s deaths increased by 55 percent among all Americans between 1999 and 2014. But they increased 99 percent for African-Americans and 107 percent for Latinos. While striking, that’s likely to be an underestimate because some independent studies have found that Alzheimer’s deaths are underreported on death certificates by approximately six times

Study finds connection between breast cancer and hair products

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (WPIX) — Researchers from Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers New Jersey Cancer Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute went into 4,285 women's homes in New York and New Jersey to conduct interviews, take blood samples and measurements. They found that women using certain hair products, specifically hair dyes and hair relaxers, were at a higher risk for breast cancer. "And we found that the associations differed by race," stated Dr. Adana Llanos, the study's lead author. To read the full article, click HERE

USC researchers developing Alzheimer's disease vaccine

Researchers at the University of Southern California are working on a vaccine to help treat Alzheimer's disease. Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease and one in three seniors dies of Alzheimer's or dementia. There is no cure but there are options for treatment. Dr. Lon Schneider, director of the California Alzheimer's Disease Center at USC, shared news about a new vaccine being developed. To read the full article, click HERE written by ABC7.com staff

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