Research

April 22, 2013

New multiple myeloma treatment guidelines personalize therapy for patients

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

New guidelines have been developed to treat recently diagnosed multiple myeloma in patients who are not participating in clinical trials. The guidelines give physicians practical, easy to follow recommendations for providing initial therapy, stem cell transplant, and maintenance therapy.  “Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer that affects more than 20,000 people in the US […]

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Tags: Dr. Joseph Mikhael, multiple mylenoma, Oncology Nurse Advisor, stem cell transplant, treatment


April 22, 2013

Study: Hookah no safer than cigarettes, just differently dangerous

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Doctors are trying to dissuade folks of that notion. “The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe,” according to the Mayo Clinic, “and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do.”   LA […]

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Tags: harmful effects of hookah, hookah, LA Times, tobacco


April 22, 2013

Cigarette Break

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

CLEARING THE AIR Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance – it’s a serious health issue. Nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke increase their heart disease risk by 25 to 30 percent and their lung cancer risk by 20 to 30 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it […]

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Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Richard D. Hurt, heart disease, Lung Cancer, public-smoking ban, Secondhand Smoke, Vogue


April 22, 2013

Study to Treat Deadly Form of Thyroid Cancer Shows Promise, Mayo Clinic Says

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

A combination of therapies may prove to be a promising advance for the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer based on results of a phase I clinical trial, say researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida…”This is good news, because we did not reach a maximum tolerated dose, meaning that the drug is well tolerated,” says the […]

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Tags: anaplastic thyroid cancer, clinical trial, Dr. Robert Smallridge, HealthCanal, thyroid cancer, treatment


April 22, 2013

Individual genes alter effectiveness of smallpox vaccine

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Individual genes alter the response — effectiveness — of the smallpox vaccine, not the quality of the vaccination, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, said worldwide vaccination is believed to have eradicated smallpox, but the highly contagious and sometimes fatal illness remains a bioterrorism concern. […]

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Tags: bioterrorism, Dr. Gregory Poland, individual genes, Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, Smallpox, UPI, vaccine, worldwide vaccination


April 22, 2013

Mobility shoes can help reduce knee pain

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

People who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee can reduce significantly the strain on their knees if they wear mobility shoes, according to a study published April 10 in Arthritis and Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology….The chief cause of knee osteoarthritis is wear and tear. Those who have had knee injuries […]

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Tags: American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, knee arthritis, mobility shoes, osteoarthritis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


April 19, 2013

Carnitine: A Highly Promising Biomarker and Proven Treatment for Cardiac Disease and a Case against It as a Cause of Atherosclerosis

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

L-carnitine is a natural substance found in high concentrations in the heart…On April 13 of this year- last week- the findings of a multicenter clinical study were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reporting that L-carnitine, when administered after a heart attack, significantly reduces death from all causes as well as causing a significant reduction of […]

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Tags: angina, cardiac disease, heart attack, L-carnitine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Wall Street Journal


April 19, 2013

Noninvasive Cancer Test Is Effective, Study Finds

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

A new noninvasive screening test can detect most cases of colorectal cancer and also many precancerous polyps, potentially helping to sharply reduce the death toll from the disease, according to results of a study released on Thursday…But detecting that DNA in the stool is extremely difficult. Virtually all the DNA in the stool comes from bacteria, said […]

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Tags: Cologuard test, Colorectal Cancer, death toll, DNA, Dr. David A. Ahlquist, New York Times, polyps


April 19, 2013

New Study Finds Obese Employees More Costly To Companies Than Smokers

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

A recent Mayo Clinic study found obesity is outweighing smoking in employer health care costs. “I think this study is really going to surprise a lot of people that it really is truly obesity that’s raising the health care cost today,” says Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Diane Dressel.  A seven year study by […]

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Tags: Dian Dressel, healthcare costs, Obesity, RedOrbit, WEAU-Eau Claire


April 17, 2013

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs In Your Meat Are On The Rise: Report

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

A new analysis of data collected by federal scientists suggests that a shockingly-high percentage of meat sold in U.S. supermarkets is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria…It’s long been known that overuse of antibiotics in humans can lead to antibiotic resistance — the Mayo Clinic warns that it can lead to more difficult-to-treat infections, longer-lasting illnesses that can include […]

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Tags: antibiotic-resistant bugs, Huffington Post, livestock, meat, superbug


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