Two Foods Could Help Ex-Smokers’ Lungs Heal

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For smokers who’ve managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one. But new research suggests help may be close at hand — in the kitchen. The decade-long study of 650 British and European adults suggests that diets high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, could speed the healing of smoke-damaged lungs. The foods’ respiratory benefits might not just be restricted to ex-smokers, noted researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public…

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Pet Dogs May Speed Human Brain Cancer Trials

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Man’s best friend may help scientists learn more about a deadly brain cancer in people. Both dogs and humans can develop glioblastoma. Half of people diagnosed with this type of brain cancer live fewer than 14 months, even after treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Sen. John McCain is being treated for glioblastoma and Sen. Ted Kennedy died from the disease in 2009. Dogs currently have few treatment options for the cancer. Typically, they are euthanized shortly after diagnosis. A new five-year research…

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“Do You Still Love Me?” Hormones, Prostate Cancer, and Partners

I see these couples quite often: the man has been prescribed androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer and his partner is distressed. He no longer has erections, although for some that had been a problem for years. But even then, they tell me, he at least tried occasionally. Now there is nothing. No hugs, no kisses, no hand holding, no touch. The partners are usually women and their response to this change has been to look inward and to blame themselves. “What have I done?” they ask me. I suggest…

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Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancer Early

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Obamacare has likely saved lives by increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage, a new study suggests. States that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid have experienced an increase in overall cancer diagnoses, particularly early stage diagnoses, compared with states that rejected expansion, researchers found. “It’s been well-established that catching cancer in its early phases increases the likelihood of successful treatment and reduces the chances of death,” said lead researcher Aparna Soni. “We found that states that…

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‘Tis the Season to Fight Infection

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A hectic holiday pace not only tires you out, it makes it easier to pick up an infection. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and healthy eating are among the things you can do to stay healthy if you’re traveling over the holidays, one expert suggests. Stress levels can rise at this time of year, so it’s important to acknowledge and manage your anxiety, said Dr. James Riddell, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan. “When stress hormones are produced, that leads…

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How to Cope with Cancer Through Volunteering

Voices on Cancer is an award-winning Cancer.Net Blog series where advocates share their stories and the lessons they have learned about being a cancer advocate. Terri Wingham, a breast cancer survivor, is CEO and founder of A Fresh Chapter. Her nonprofit organization places people with cancer around the globe for volunteer work. Before cancer, I didn’t really volunteer. Outside of a once-a-month mentoring program for high school girls interested in business careers, my job kept me too busy to consider giving back. I also didn’t see myself as a world traveler.…

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Stamping ‘Smoking Kills’ on Cigarettes May Keep Teens From the Habit

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A grim reminder — “Smoking Kills” — emblazoned right on a cigarette may help young people avoid the deadly habit. That’s the conclusion of a new study involving nearly 1,000 British 16- to 24-year-olds. Participants — including both smokers and non-smokers — were asked to evaluate various cigarette designs. Included were standard cigarettes, cigarettes with the health warning “Smoking kills” printed on them, and cigarettes that were green. The result: Young people were about three times less likely to want to try cigarettes…

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Traveling with Holiday Foods? How to Avoid Foodborne Illness

Janice López-Muñoz, BS, MSIH, is a public affairs specialist with the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The winter holidays are a busy time of year, and sometimes that includes holiday travel. If you’re visiting relatives or friends, will you be bringing food too? No one wants to get sick from food at a holiday party, especially if someone has cancer. Here is some advice for getting that food to your destination safely. The first step is to plan ahead. You want a memorable holiday experience,…

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Repeat Infection Likely for Men With HPV

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Men infected with genital human papillomavirus (HPV) are at high risk for reinfection with the same type of HPV, researchers say. The investigators also found that the risk for reinfection after a year increased 20-fold for men who’ve been infected with HPV16 — the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers. And the risk was 14 times higher after two years. This was true in both men who were sexually active and those who were celibate. That suggests that they are not re-acquiring the…

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Just a Little Weight Loss May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It’s never too late for women to lose weight to lower their breast cancer risk, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a 5 percent or greater weight loss after menopause could lower the odds of breast cancer by about 12 percent. For a 170-pound woman, a 5 percent weight loss would be 8.5 pounds. “A modest weight loss that seems to be sustainable could have important health consequences,” said lead study author Dr. Rowan Chlebowski. He’s a research professor in the department…

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