Diseases & Treatments

Startling – Cancer Rates Are Dramatically Rising for Adults Under 50

Researchers have identified trends and risk factors contributing to an increase in the prevalence of early-onset cancers worldwide. Adults under the age of 50 have been diagnosed with cancer at an increasing rate in recent decades. According to a study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers, the incidence of early-onset cancers, or those diagnosed before age 50, has sharply risen globally beginning around 1990. This sharp increase includes cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, kidney, liver, and pancreas among others.

Diagnosis of genetic cause in motor neuron disease patients could be missed due to age limits on genetic testing

Based on the findings of a new study published in Brain, researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London are calling for a complete rethink of the national guidelines surrounding who can access genetic testing for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called motor neuron disease. The research suggests that there are hundreds of people with ALS in the UK for whom a genetic basis of their ALS is being missed, as they do not fit the narrow requirements for genetic testing. As guidelines are similar in many countries, this situation will likely be the same internationally, meaning potentially thousands of people being unaware of a genetic link to their ALS.

Preventable cancer cases on the rise, charity says

Drinking, tanning and smoking are contributing to around 400 “preventable” cases of cancer every day in the UK, new estimates have suggested.The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has estimated that about 155,000 cases of cancer could be prevented every year if people led different lifestyles.It said that some 387,820 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2019/20, the latest figures available.However, people leading unhealthy lifestyles mean this figure is higher than it should be.The charity said that, compared with 2017 data, there was an increase of 8,000 “preventable cases”.It said that about 40% of cancers could be prevented through lifestyle changes...

Tofersen does not improve ALS symptoms in patients with SOD1 mutations

1. In patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) mutations, tofersen does not result in significant functional improvement as compared to placebo. 2. In comparison to the placebo, tofersen significantly reduced SOD1 concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma of persons with faster progressing SOD1...

Solicitor to run London Marathon for heart charity after death of sister, 16

A solicitor whose 16-year-old sister died following a cardiac arrest is running the London Marathon to raise awareness of genetic heart conditions.Hannah Halden’s sister Lona had been diagnosed at the age of 15 with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), six months before her death, after becoming breathless when she exercised.HCM is a disease where the muscle wall of the heart becomes thickened, which can affect its ability to pump blood effectively.“HCM runs in our family – my mother Dolores and older sister Judy live with the condition and had been diagnosed before Lona was,” said Hannah, 33, from Birmingham.“HCM is so well-managed...

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Children with Post-Concussion Syndrome

Aviv Clinics highlights a new study published in Scientific Reports suggesting hyperbaric oxygen as an effective treatment to heal damaged brain tissue and relieve symptoms in children experiencing persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS). The study, conducted by the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Shamir Medical Center, looked at...
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Seagen broadens its scope beyond ADC cancer drugs with deal for preclinical asset

Seagen, a specialist in a type of cancer therapy called an antibody drug conjugate (ADC), is expanding its reach with a deal for a preclinical asset that has the potential to stand out in an emerging new class of cancer immunotherapies. According to terms announced Monday, Bothell, Washington-based Seagen is...
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Scientists warn of worsening heart disease as global temperatures rise

Heatwaves that affect human health may occur more frequently due to climate change. A nationwide study of 1,420 people with chronic heart failure in France reports that increased temperatures during a 2019 heatwave were closely linked to weight loss. Weight monitoring for this condition is important because weight changes may...

Visalia advocate tells Congress to prioritize cancer

VISALIA, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A Visalia resident is meeting with congress members to request an increase in cancer research funding. Cha See, says he has recently seen an increase in cancer in his Lahu community (A Southeast Asian cultural group) and met with Representative Kevin McCarthy to talk about the support needed for an increase […]

Your Health: Blood and disease susceptibility

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Are you one of those people who feels like mosquitos are attracted to you? You could be!. A study in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that one type of mosquito landed on 83% of the patients with type O blood and just 47% of people with type A blood. Scientists believe mosquitos may be able to sense the sugars some people secrete through their skin based on their blood type. It turns out, that’s not the only thing your blood type could make you more or less susceptible to.

Odds of Fair/Poor Health Up for Low-Income Cancer Survivors

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income cancer survivors have increased odds of fair/poor health, and reduced odds of having health insurance coverage, according to a study published online Sept. 6 in JCO Oncology Practice. Steven S. Coughlin, Ph.D., M.P.H., from Augusta University in Georgia, and colleagues examined characteristics,...