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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