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Researchers cite progress in cancer treatment

Researchers cite progress in cancer treatment

Johns Hopkins team has discovered that two drugs can slow metastasis significantly. BY CARRIE WELLS BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE — Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She […]

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples

BY LYDIA ZURAW KAISER HEALTH NEWS/TNS Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food — particularly baby food — could be a problem too. The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of […]

Vaccination could be necessary before traveling abroad

Vaccination could be necessary before traveling abroad

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS If you are planning a trip abroad, you may need to make an appointment to see a medical provider along with making your travel plans. “Anybody who’s going abroad, particularly to a developing part of the world, should be evaluated or contact a local travel clinic because there are many things […]

Another challenge for HIV patients

Another challenge for HIV patients

Long-term study will explore way to curb heart attacks BY MEREDITH COHN BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE — People infected with HIV can now live long, healthy lives — so long as they don’t have a heart attack. Cardiovascular problems among HIV patients are emerging as the latest threat they face and a major challenge for medical […]

Jacksonville children’s hospital challenges trauma center denial

Jacksonville children’s hospital challenges trauma center denial

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Jacksonville children’s hospital is challenging a decision by the Florida Department of Health that prevented the hospital from opening a trauma center. Wolfson Children’s Hospital wants an administrative law judge to back arguments that it should be allowed to open what is known as a “provisional” pediatric trauma center, […]

Considering surgery? Here are questions to ask doctor

Considering surgery? Here are questions to ask doctor

BY MIKE BAKER SEATTLE TIMES/TNS Surgery is a daunting moment in patients’ lives, with high-stakes decisions made difficult by jargon, uncertainty and a lack of public information that could help determine the best path. In conversations with doctors, nurses and independent patient advocates, The Seattle Times has gathered advice to consider when you face surgery. […]

‘A Dining Room of Hope’

‘A Dining Room of Hope’

Aaron’s House event raises awareness, funds to help individuals living with bipolar disorder and depression and their families. BY JENISE GRIFFIN FLORIDA COURIER TAMPA – Pamela Robinson paused at each table in the large waterfront dining room and offered a warm smile and heartfelt greetings to the many friends, family members and supporters who had […]

Study highlights transgender health disparities

Study highlights transgender health disparities

Overall, they were younger, poorer, less White and more likely to be unemployed than their cisgender counterparts. BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Being transgender in America may be hazardous to your health. A new report in JAMA Internal Medicine characterizes a variety of health disparities between people who are transgender (that is, their gender […]

Toddlers eating more fries than veggies

Toddlers eating more fries than veggies

BY KATHERINE BURGESS WICHITA EAGLE/TNS Would you rather eat french fries than your vegetables? That’s no surprise, considering that even U.S. toddlers are more used to eating fries than veggies on any given day, according to a survey of children’s eating habits. The survey found that one in four 6- to 11-month-olds and one in […]

There’s a new technique for repairing knee cartilage damage

There’s a new technique for repairing knee cartilage damage

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Dear Mayo Clinic: I’m interested in the new procedure approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can repair cartilage in the knee. How does it work? Who’s a good candidate for this procedure? A: The new technique is called matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte implantation, or MACI. It […]