Julia Louis-Dreyfus' breast cancer news shows how far we've come

When Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced on Twitter Thursday that she has breast cancer, she received an outpouring of support. In less than a day, her tweet received more than 300,00 likes. But there was a time not so long ago that such a public admission — and the swift praise of her bravery — were not a given. Breast cancer has existed for thousands of years, but before the 20th century, people rarely spoke of it. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'One in eight women get breast cancer; today, I'm the one' "I remember in the '80s when I couldn't say the word 'breast' in a public meeting," said breast cancer specialist Larry Norton of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. "If there were men in the audience,

A new study is changing how scientists think about Alzheimer’s disease

How does ApoE4 do its dirty work? Since 1993, when this variant of the apolipoprotein E gene was found to multiply the risk of the most common form of Alzheimer's disease as much as fourfold, researchers have probed its connections to β-amyloid, the dominant suspect for the cause of the illness. This protein fragment forms extracellular "plaques" that can disrupt brain signals and kill neurons. This week, however, one of the main proponents of the hypothesis that ApoE4exacerbates amyloid pathology stunned many of his colleagues by showing that its most toxic effects may result from a damaging immune response to a different protein: tau. "This is a seminal study" and has "profound clinical im

Long-term breast cancer survival negatively impacted by smoking

A new study shows that smoking has a negative impact on long-term survival in breast cancer patients and quitting smoking may reduce mortality risk. The study, published Thursday in JNCI Cancer Spectrum, consisted of 1,508 Long Island women with breast cancer who were asked about their smoking status. Researchers found that the risk of all-cause mortality was higher among the 19 percent of women who reported smoking when they were diagnosed with breast cancer, compared to those who never smoked. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Amy Wallace for (uschenkova/Shutterstock)

Potential Vaccine and Oral Medication for Alzheimer’s Disease in Human Trials

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine are tackling Alzheimer’s disease (AD) proactively by focusing on prevention. AD, the sixth-leading cause of death in the US which affects 47 million people worldwide, is the subject of a new study and series of clinical trials testing both a vaccine and oral medication. Both interventions aim to prevent or delay AD in older at risk adults. This focus on prevention is a new approach to fighting AD. “One of the challenges in developing new medications for Alzheimer’s is that researchers tend to test medications on people with more advanced Alzheimer’s, and the medications are simply not proving to be effective

Surgeons play big role in women's choices for breast cancer care

A breast cancer patient's choice of surgeon can have a major effect on her treatment, according to a new study. That's because surgeons have a strong influence on whether early stage cancer patients have both breasts removed even when cancer is found in only one breast — a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Researchers surveyed more than 3,300 women with early stage breast cancer and 349 surgeons who treated them. About 16 percent of the patients had both breasts removed. Only 4 percent of those whose surgeons heavily favored breast-saving surgery and were most reluctant to remove both breasts had the procedure. That compared to 34 percent of patients whose surgeon

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

There is often confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Though the two are certainly related there are significant differences that people should know. Main differences between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia Dementia is a syndrome while Alzheimer’s is a diseasethat causes dementia symptoms akin to HIV vs AIDS. You may also hear dementia described as a condition. Alzheimer’s disease is the best known of these diseases and the most common cause of dementia. There are, however, over 200 types of dementia besides Alzheimer’s. What is dementia Dementia represents “a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily l

Fitness May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Aerobic fitness seems to alter the interior workings of cells in ways that may substantially lower the risk of breast cancer. A new study with female rats found that those that were the most fit were much less likely than other animals to develop cancer after exposure to a known carcinogen, even if they did not exercise. The findings offer tantalizing new clues into the relationship between fitness, exercise and malignancies. Most of us probably think that cardiovascular fitness, which in broad, scientific terms is the ability to get oxygen and energy to muscles, is built with diligent exercise, and that the more we work out, the fitter we become. But we would be only about half right. A lar

AI Could Predict Alzheimer's Disease Two Years in Advance

An artificial-intelligence-driven algorithm can recognize the early signs of dementia in brain scans, and may accurately predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease up to two years in advance, a new study finds. The algorithm — which accurately predicted probable Alzheimer's disease 84 percent of the time — could be particularly useful in selecting patients for clinical trials for drugs intended to delay disease onset, said lead study author Sulantha Sanjeewa, a computer scientist at McGill University in Canada. “If you can tell from a group of of individuals who is the one that will develop the disease, one can better test new medications that could be capable of preventing the disease,” s

Statin Heart Drugs May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Women with high cholesterol tend to have lower rates of breast cancer than those with lower levels, according to new research, and those who do get breast cancer are less likely to die from their disease. These findings suggest that statins—drugs that are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol—may also protect against cancer, say the study authors. The study was presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, and have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Amanda MacMillan for (Getty Images)

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