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The latest discovery in breast cancer treatment is a win for research that puts patients, not drugs,

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that’s made waves in the medical community. The trial assessed the usefulness of chemotherapy for a specific, common variant of breast cancer, and found that thousands of women may not actually need to undergo the intensive, painful treatment as part of their cancer-fighting regimen. The finding will likely benefit patients and their families, and the healthcare systems that look after them. It also marks another important victory for something called a “non-inferiority trial.” This less well-known type of research is arguably our most powerful weapon in the war against unnecessary or harmful pharmaceuticals—and it starts with pu

Common Viruses May Play Role in Alzheimer’s

Strains of a virus that most people acquire in childhood may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Research published June 21, 2018, in the scientific journal Neuron revealed that levels of two types of human herpes virus (HHV-6A and HHV-7) were twice as high in the brains of patients who died with Alzheimer’s disease compared with those who did not have the disease. HHV-6 infects nearly 100 percent of human beings, according to the HHV-6 Foundation, and it often acts together with HHV-7. These infectious viruses can cause fever and a rash called roseola in toddlers and infants. They can remain dormant and harmless in the body for years. To read the full articl

Tuskegee Researchers Find Key to Earlier Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A team of researchers at Tuskegee University has developed a new test they say may help detect an aggressive form of breast cancer earlier, especially among African American women. The breakthrough was published this week in the scientific journal PLOS One. Clayton Yates, a biology professor at Tuskegee University, along with other researchers discovered a new biomarker that can detect a specific type of breast cancer sooner. The discovery will help target cancer treatments toward African American women, who are more likely to be diagnosed later in life. To read the full article, click HERE ( Source: Tuskegee University )

Scientists: This Cell Part Could Be Key to Stopping the Spread of Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists believe that buildup of a brain protein called amyloid beta is the root of Alzheimer’s disease, but exactly how this disease spreads throughout the brain remains unclear. Now, new research believes it may have found the answer, suggesting that a cell previously thought to play a role in waste removal is actually the key to the spread of Alzheimer’s in the brain. The study, published online in Acta Neuropathologica, used brain samples from deceased patients with Alzheimer’s disease and control patients who died with a healthy brain. They looked specifically at parts of the cell called exosomes. These cell parts are small membrane-covered droplets that help to remove cell waste prod

A Leading Oncology Association Says Some Complementary Therapies Helpful to Women With Breast Cancer

he American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s leading group of cancer doctors, has released guidelines on the use of integrative health therapies to help manage the symptoms and side effects of breast cancer treatment. The report, published June 11 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, acknowledges the growing popularity and usefulness of yoga, meditation, acupuncture and other integrative health modalities to address aspects of healing that conventional medicine may overlook. The ASCO guidelines are based on a report published by the Society of Integrative Oncology in 2017 that analyzed randomized, peer-reviewed, clinical trials, conducted from 1990 to 2013, on various integrative th

Kansas is the final state to start work on Alzheimer's disease plan

After years of effort, Kansas became the 50th state to take steps to create a plan to prepare for a rising number of patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. On June 1, Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a bill to form a taskforce that will create this plan. The effort dated back several years to the Gov. Mark Parkinson's term in 2009, said Michelle Niedens, former director of education and programs for the Alzheimer’s Association's Heart of America Chapter. Niedens recently was recruited to serve as executive director of a new program for the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, with the goal of connecting patients across the state to its services and expertise. To read the full art

Most women with a common type of early-stage breast cancer can skip chemo

The majority of women with the most common type of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy after surgery, according to a highly anticipated new report. The results, released Sunday, are sure to accelerate the decline in chemotherapy for the disease. The findings came from the largest breast cancer treatment trial ever conducted and showed that most patients who have an intermediate risk of a cancer recurrence — a group that numbers 65,000 women a year in the United States — can avoid chemotherapy and its often debilitating side effects. “We have been waiting for these results for years,” said Allison Kurian, an oncologist at Stanford University who was not involved in the tria

Inside the $28 Million Alzheimer's Village Where Patients Can Shop, Farm and Socialize Freely

A multimillion-dollar village designed as part of an experimental treatment for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease has started construction in the south of France. The complex—hailed as France’s first "Alzheimer's village”—will house 120 people and will include amenities such as shops, a gym, a restaurant and a small farm, allowing residents to walk freely and maintain a social life, despite their condition. Construction of France’s first facility of its kind began on Monday near a spa town in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and will open in 2019. “There won’t be any white coats in the village,” Gabriel Bellocq, former mayor of the Dax commune, where the new settlement will stand, told daily new

Many breast cancer survivors not getting needed mammograms

After surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer, women still need regular screening. But many of them, especially black women, aren't getting the mammograms they need, a new study finds. It's essential to screen for a return of cancer so it can be treated before symptoms appear, the researchers explained. "The use of regular mammograms to detect a return of breast cancer before any symptoms appear is associated with better overall survival," said lead researcher Dr. Kathryn Ruddy, director of cancer survivorship at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn. To read the full article, click HERE Written for HealthDay

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