Monday, August 3, 2015

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Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect." They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries.
Study found counties with higher screening, detection rates had no significant difference in deaths
But whether lack of sleep -- or the causes of sleeplessness -- to blame is unclear, experts say
Finding suggests scans may have value beyond detection
Side effect is very rare, tied to drug-linked inflammation of hands, experts say
Elderly women will account for growing proportion of cases, study predicts
New focus on tumor subtypes could help patients, according to medical groups
But almost half don't have conversation with doctor about potential for future problems
2010 study led to a change in practice
To the ever-growing list of things smartphones can put at your fingertips (weather, traffic, games, stock quotes), Apple aims to add "relieve suffering" and "advance science."
Access to care, not insurance, is a key issue, researcher says
Study found benefit from drugs known as aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates
Study found benefit from drugs known as aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates
Studies found it lowered chances of recurrence, but did not boost overall survival
Variations in tissue type throughout the breast account for difference, study says
And that could increase risk of cancer recurrence, as well as heart disease and diabetes, researchers say
Effect was not seen in men, and held even after researchers factored out a lack of exercise
Study found getting what amounted to lower doses per pound of body weight meant poorer outcomes
Study found counties with higher screening, detection rates had no significant difference in deaths
Study found counties with higher screening, detection rates had no significant difference in deaths
But, due to aging population, actual number of cancer deaths is rising
Experts often recommend this breast-conserving surgery, but many with early disease still choose mastectomy
Higher exposure to DDT in the womb linked to four times the risk of disease
But whether lack of sleep -- or the causes of sleeplessness -- to blame is unclear, experts say