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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: Getting a diagnosis of cancer is an extremely stressful experience. What if, when... (Read More)
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Many studies have previously shown that people with high circulating levels of vitamin D are less prone to a variety of cancers. Now, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials shows that cancer patients who take vitamin D supplements are less... (Read More)
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 Cancer looms large as a health threat for many if not most of us. While it is important for those with a cancer diagnosis to find their own comfort zone in investigating treatments and making decisions in collaboration with their... (Read More)
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Q. Is it true that taking vitamins is a waste of money since they do not improve our health? A. An editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Dec. 17, 2013) titled "Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin... (Read More)
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People with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis are often deficient in vitamin D. Researchers in Boston wondered whether a lack of vitamin D would make them even more vulnerable to developing cancer. Such patients are already at higher risk of... (Read More)
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Cancer has become a cash cow for drug companies. Over the last decade the cost of life-saving medications has soared to an average $10,000 a month. Although pharmaceutical manufacturers maintain that such costs are needed to cover research and development,... (Read More)
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Resveratrol, which is found in grapes and red wine, has long been considered a superstar in the health food store. Studies have suggested that resveratrol can protect against cancer, cognitive decline and cardiovascular complications. A new study conducted in Tuscany... (Read More)
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Vitamin D may be protective for many kinds of cancer.  A Chinese meta-analysis of 25 studies including more than 17,000 cancer patients found that those who had higher levels of vitamin D in their bodies at diagnosis were more likely... (Read More)
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Diagnostic error may be far more common than most people think. A new study estimates that up to 12 million Americans don't get the correct diagnosis when they visit their doctors' offices. The researchers analyzed three previous studies of outpatient... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls among elderly people. Two new studies analyzed data from prior research involving over one million people.... (Read More)
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For decades we've been told that saturated fat and cholesterol are the twin culprits behind heart disease, but a new study suggests that sugar may be at least as dangerous to the heart. The research published in JAMA Internal Medicine... (Read More)
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It's no wonder Americans feel as if they are on a roller coaster. A week ago the headlines quoted an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements." The doctors... (Read More)
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Nuts used to be considered high-risk snacks. That's because they are high in fat. Cardiologists worried that regular nut consumption might clog coronary arteries. A large study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finally puts that fear to... (Read More)
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A Mediterranean-style diet is proving beneficial for more than just the heart. Researchers have been following women in the Nurses Health Study for decades. In the most recent analysis, more than 10,000 middle-aged women were evaluated after 15 years. Their... (Read More)
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Pancreatic cancer is rare but quite aggressive. New research based on a study of half a million Americans over 50 years old shows that it is possible to reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The subjects were part of... (Read More)
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Q. Don't you think it is counterproductive to advertise so many drugs on TV and at the end of the commercial it says "may cause cancer"? We are battling cancer every day with so many people affected by this terrible... (Read More)
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Scientists have just developed a way to determine whether environmental exposures were responsible for an individual's cancer. Mass spectrometry combined with statistical analysis of archived biopsy samples can now help doctors determine whether a specific carcinogen caused the tumor. This... (Read More)
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Low-dose aspirin is linked to a lower likelihood of some tumors growing and spreading, according to a study from Sweden. The researchers reviewed records from 80,000 patients in the cancer registries and found that those taking low-dose aspirin before diagnosis... (Read More)
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Here we go again. Research is accumulating that popular blood pressure drugs increase the risk for serious cancers. In May a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off an internal squabble at the FDA regarding a... (Read More)
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