By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2011 2 Comments
    Radiation Protection

    Americans are anxious about potential radiation exposure from the Japanese nuclear plant disaster. Even though there is as yet no detectable exposure in the U.S., many people are fearful and are buyin…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2011 0 Comments
    Lymph Node Surgery Unnecessary

    More aggressive breast cancer surgery may not offer a survival advantage. Surgeons have been removing lymph nodes from the armpit since the earliest days of radical mastectomy a century ago. The idea …

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2011 4 Comments
    Sniffing Out Cancer

    Periodic colonoscopies are the gold standard for detecting colorectal cancer, but a research team in Japan is working on an unusual alternative. They have trained a Labrador retriever to sniff out col…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2011 0 Comments
    Regular Exercise Reduces Cancer Risk

    Younger people benefit from vigorous exercise. A study of more than 150,000 men and women over 15 years suggests that activity level predicts the risk of dying from colon cancer. Regular exercise over…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2011 17 Comments
    Aspirin the Miracle Drug Deserves Respect

    Imagine a new drug that could reduce the likelihood of developing several life-threatening kinds of cancer. As a bonus, the same medication might dramatically lower the risk of having a heart attack. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2010 1 Comments
    Low-Dose Aspirin Lowers Risk of Cancer

    Low dose aspirin reduces the risk of many deadly cancers. That's the conclusion from a meta-analysis of eight studies involving more than 25,000 patients. The strongest protection was against digestiv…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2010 1 Comments
    Low-Dose Aspirin Improves Accuracy of Cancer Tes…

    Aspirin may have an unexpected anticancer benefit. German researchers have reported that people who take low-dose aspirin before using a fecal occult blood test get much more accurate readings from th…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2010 0 Comments
    Are Black Raspberries Cancer Fighters?

    Black raspberries may be the next superfood to get public attention. A study in mice has found that these antioxidant-rich berries can prevent colorectal cancer. The mice were genetically engineered t…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2010 0 Comments
    Diabetes Drug May Fight Cancer

    An existing diabetes drug called metformin appears to have anticancer potential. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic analyzed records from 600 patients with diabetes and lung cancer. Those who had bee…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2010 0 Comments
    Magic Mushrooms Ease Anxiety for Cancer Patients

    "Magic mushrooms" were part of the psychedelic drug culture of the late 1960s. The active ingredient, psilocybin, is now being studied as a way to ease anxiety and depression in late stage cancer pati…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2010 2 Comments
    Surgery May Lower the Risk of Cancer

    Ever since doctors have been able to test women for the genes that increase the risk of breast cancer, women have been wondering what they should do with this information. A new study shows that women…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2010 0 Comments
    Sweets Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

    A small Italian study reinforces the results of prior research on pancreatic cancer and diet. The investigators questioned 326 people with pancreatic cancer about their diet and lifestyle. Each patien…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2010 2 Comments
    Vitamin B6 May Protect Against Lung Cancer

    Not all smokers develop lung cancer. One possible reason may be their nutrient consumption. The EPIC study, which stands for European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, includes more…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2010 1 Comments
    High HDL Cholesterol Linked to Lower Cancer Risk

    Many people are aware that high levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol are good for cardiovascular health. Now a new analysis of 24 studies shows that good HDL cholesterol is associated with a…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2010 0 Comments
    Does Shark Cartilage Fight Cancer?

    Several years ago there was a lot of interest in shark cartilage as a cancer prevention approach. The pitch centered on the idea that sharks don't get cancer. Now a study has tested a special prescrip…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2010 1 Comments
    Vitamin K Cuts Cancer Risk

    Vitamin K is found primarily in green leafy vegetables and soy products. A 10-year study of 24,000 Germans found that those who got the most vitamin K in their diets were 28 percent less likely to die…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2010 1 Comments
    New Use for Thalidomide

    One of the most reviled drugs in history continues to find new uses. Thalidomide was initially prescribed as a sedative to pregnant women. In the 1950s thousands of European children were born with de…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2010 5 Comments
    Vegetables and Fruits Don’t Shine in Cance…

    Nutrition experts have been encouraging us to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer. Now a large epidemiological study suggests that vegetables and fruits …

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2010 0 Comments
    Regular Aspirin Use May Help Prevent Cancer Spre…

    Aspirin may be good for women with breast cancer. Data from the large, long-term Harvard study of women called the Nurses' Health Study indicate that women taking aspirin when they are diagnosed with …

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2010 2 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Stomach Cance…

    The Mediterranean diet continues to demonstrate diverse health benefits. Not only does it reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, but it also appears to protect against Alzheimer's disease and …

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2010 2 Comments
    Green Tea Against Lung Cancer

    Researchers have been reporting benefits from green tea for years. Some studies note a lower risk of cancer among those who drink several cups daily. Now a study from Taiwan suggests that drinking at …

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2009 0 Comments
    Vitamin D Fights Lymphoma

    Vitamin D is important in helping the immune system function properly. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic shows that lymphoma patients with vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to die from this can…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2009 9 Comments
    Unnecessary CT Scans Pose Risk

    Routine CT scans may pose unexpected radiation hazards. Many people think of a "Cat" scan as rather benign. It certainly sounds less scary than an X-ray. But CT scans use a lot of X-radiation. Some ex…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2009 0 Comments
    Pain Relievers May Help Cancer Victims Survive

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or naproxen have been linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer in the U.S. Now there may be an associatio…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2009 2 Comments
    Curry Spice Kills Cancer Cells

    Scientists in Ireland have found that curcumin, a component in turmeric, may help defeat esophageal cancer. Turmeric is the yellow spice in curry, although it is not clear that eating curry will help …

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2009 1 Comments
    Coffee May Protect Women from Common Cancer

    There appears to be good news for female coffee drinkers. Swedish researchers surveyed more than 60,000 women for more than a decade. The women who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a lower l…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2009 3 Comments
    Green Tea May Protect against Cancer

    Green tea has been getting a lot of attention lately for its potential ability to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's. There are also tantaliz…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2009 2 Comments
    Treating Tumors with Heat Plus Chemo

    A new treatment for cancer involves combining heat and chemotherapy to improve outcomes. German scientists used electromagnetic energy to heat the soft tissue around tumors in fat, muscle and cartilag…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2009 1 Comments
    Aspirin Helps Prevent Colon Cancer

    Aspirin may help ward off colon cancer in high-risk individuals. A study of more than 1,000 people with Lynch syndrome, which makes them especially susceptible to colon cancer, found 10 fewer cases of…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2009 0 Comments
    Tamoxifen Reduces Risk of Common Breast Cancer b…

    Women diagnosed with estrogen-positive breast cancers are frequently prescribed the anti-estrogen drug tamoxifen as a follow-up treatment. This medication and its metabolites bind to estrogen receptor…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2009 1 Comments
    Tanning Beds Labeled Carcinogenic

    Despite dermatologists' dire warnings about skin cancer, millions still soak up ultraviolet rays at the beach or their local tanning parlor. Now the International Agency for Research on Cancer has rel…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2009 1 Comments
    HRT Boosts Risk of Ovarian Cancer

    Hormone replacement therapy is taking another hit. Over the last several years, HRT has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer. A new study involving more than 90…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2009 0 Comments
    Sipping Scalding Tea Boosts Likelihood of Esopha…

    Green tea has a reputation for fighting off certain cancers, but a new study suggests that slurping it hot can actually raise the risk of esophageal cancer. The researchers studied 5,400 Chinese adult…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2008 31 Comments
    Health Hazards from Hybrids?

    OK, I admit it: I am somewhat nervous about exposure to EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation. My interest predates the cell phone and cancer controversy. Early Days at the NJ Neuropsych Institute: It…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2007 5 Comments
    Cancer Patients Thrive Online

    Cancer is one of the scariest words in medicine. Decades ago the diagnosis seemed like a death sentence. Many doctors didn't even tell the patient because they didn't want to deliver such bad news. To…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2007 3 Comments
    Cancer Drug Prices Continue to Soar

    If you come down with cancer you had better have health insurance. Otherwise, prepare to go bankrupt or die.Cancer treatment has become so expensive that if you are not very rich or poor, well-insured…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2006 0 Comments
    Cancer Drug Costs Are Out of Control

    When you're being robbed at gunpoint, the question is often "your money or your life?" Increasingly, that is the choice cancer patients are being offered. The cost for many new cancer drugs is almost …

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Aspirin Has Anti-Cancer Action

    Ask people what disease scares them the most, and chances are cancer tops the list. Although some progress has been made, cancer is still a major killer. There aren't many things that people can do to…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Aspirin Continues To Astound Researchers

    For more than 100 years aspirin has been a staple in medicine cabinets all around the world. At pennies a pill, it remains the best bargain in the drug store. Amazingly, even after all this time aspir…