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Melanoma Treatment May Not Always Require Extensive Lymph Node Removal

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Not all melanoma patients may need surgery to remove lymph nodes surrounding their tumor, a new clinical trial has found.
Cancer doctors usually remove all lymph nodes located near a melanoma tumor — the deadliest type of skin cancer — if they find that the cancer […]

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2 Drugs Show Promise Against Blood Cancers

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two new drugs have shown promise in slowing the march of two incurable blood cancers, researchers report.
One drug, ibrutinib, appears to greatly improve standard treatment for patients with recurring chronic-lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common adult leukemia in Western countries.
Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) reduced the risk of […]

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Are 2nd Breast Cancer Surgeries Always Necessary?

SATURDAY, May 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Thousands of breast cancer patients in the United States might be spared a second surgery if more tissue was removed during initial breast-conserving, partial mastectomy surgery, a new study suggests.
Partial mastectomy, often called lumpectomy, aims to conserve breast tissue and stops short of a full mastectomy.
More than half […]

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New Drug Keeps Common Breast Cancer Under Control Longer: Study

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adding a new drug called Ibrance (palbociclib) to standard hormone therapy helped keep a common type of breast cancer under control measurably longer than the hormone therapy alone, a new study shows.
“Palbociclib stops cancer cells from growing,” said study author Dr. Nicholas Turner, team leader […]

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Smokers May Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers for Surgery

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke may require more anesthesia and painkillers during surgery than nonsmokers, according to a new study.
Turkish researchers looked at 90 women who underwent surgery to remove their uterus through an incision in the abdomen — a procedure called total abdominal hysterectomy. Smoking […]

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New Research May Help Control Brown Dog Ticks

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research may lead to more effective ways to control the brown dog tick, a species that can cause major problems for dogs and their owners.
University of Florida scientists say they found that the brown dog tick is resistant to permethrin, a widely used anti-tick chemical. They also […]

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Babies Prefer Sound of Other Babies Over Adults

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies would rather listen to other babies than adults, and this preference may help in their language development, a new study suggests.
This finding might help explain why many adults seem to instinctively choose to use “baby-talk” with infants, according to one of the study’s authors.
“Perhaps, when we use […]

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150 People in New Jersey May Have Been Exposed to Rare African Virus

At least 150 people may have had contact with a New Jersey man who died Monday in that state of Lassa fever, but most of them aren’t at serious risk of infection, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

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This is The Least Religious Generation

Millennials—those born in the 1980s and 1990s—are the least religious generation of Americans in the last six decades, a new study says.

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Gene Test May Predict Success of Cancer Drug in Certain Patients

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The first genetic “marker” — or signal — to predict response to the cancer drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been identified by researchers.
The marker — mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency — predicted responses to the drug in patients with several different types of cancer, the study authors said.
Among patients with […]

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Immune-Based Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Lung Cancer

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new drug appears to harness a person’s immune system to fight the most common form of lung cancer, according to new clinical trial findings.
The drug, nivolumab, reduced patients’ risk of death from non-small cell lung cancer by 27 percent compared with patients who received […]

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Vets With PTSD Might Need Sleep Apnea Screening: Study

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the risk of sleep apnea increases along with the severity of the mental health condition, a new study contends.
Sleep apnea — a common sleep disorder in which breathing frequently stops and starts — is potentially serious.
Researchers looked at 195 Iraq […]

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FDA Warns of Complications From Facial Fillers

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Soft tissue fillers used in cosmetic procedures can accidentally be injected into blood vessels in the face and cause serious harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The fillers are approved to treat wrinkles or to enhance cheeks or lips.
Injection of facial fillers into blood vessels can cause […]

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Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drug addicts forced off methadone maintenance treatment while in prison are much less likely to seek such treatment when they’re released than inmates who keep receiving the treatment, a new study finds.
Taking inmates off methadone maintenance treatment is widespread policy in U.S. prisons, though the treatment saves lives, […]

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Excess Weight Linked to Worse Prostate Cancer Prognosis

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Radiation therapy for prostate cancer may be less effective for overweight and obese men than for men of normal weight, a new study suggests.
Higher rates of prostate cancer relapse, prostate cancer death, and death from other causes were seen for overweight and obese men in […]

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Oil and Gas Industry Worker Death Rate Down by a Third

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Even as the oil and gas extraction industry in the United States boomed, there was a decline in the rate of worker deaths, a new federal government study shows.
From 2003 to 2013, the oil and gas extraction industry workforce more than doubled and the number of drilling rigs […]

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Murder Most Foul, 430,000 Years Ago

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A 430,000-year-old skull discovered in Spain has deadly wounds that suggest one of the first known cases of murder in human history.
The skull was discovered at an archeological site called Sima de los Huesos in northern Spain. The site — deep within an underground cave system — contains […]

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