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How to Avoid Caregiver Burn Out

<i>By Jan Bruce</i><p>Are you caring for a sick or disabled family member? You're not alone. The numbers of family caregivers are growing every year -- two out of every five adults are caring for a loved one, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center. With baby boomers swelling the ranks of …

5 Steps to Quitting Artificial Sweeteners

Yet another new study supports what I’ve seen in my private practice for years – artificial sweeteners actually <i>increase</i> cravings. Scientists say that …

Nutrition

Dr. Weil - Integrative Medicine, Healthy Lifestyles & Happiness

"As a practitioner and teacher of integrative medicine for the last thirty years, it has been my personal mission to drive research, education, and …

Alternative Medicine

18-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Helped Research Her Own Rare Disease, Is Now Heading To Harvard

Six years ago, Simon was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer, called fibrolameller. Simon's cancer was caught in time and she had surgery to remove the tumor, according to the Associated Press. But hers was a lucky case. Because the disease only affects about 200 people in the United States each …

Cancer

The Man Working to Cure His Own Cancer

How one college student turned his struggle with chordoma into a successful research foundation<p>In January 2006, when Josh Sommer was still an aspiring environmental engineering student at Duke University on winter break, he began experiencing debilitating headaches out of nowhere. Though he felt …

Report: Cancer will be No. 1 killer in U.S.

In 16 years, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing heart disease, according to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase nearly 45% by 2030, from 1.6 million cases to 2.3 million cases …

Overdiagnosis Could Be Behind Jump In Thyroid Cancer Cases

You go in for a checkup. The doctor feels your throat. Hmm, she says, there's a lump in your thyroid gland. We better check that out.<p>And that might be the start of a painful, costly and unnecessary treatment for thyroid cancer, a study says.<p>The number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has …

Why Mindful Eating Is So Hard and Why You Should Do It Anyway

I haven't paused to taste and savor my food for at least 1.2 million minutes since 1975. That is a sobering stretch of tasteless time, which I calculated last week. I hope to use that number as a prod to remind myself to slow down and pay full attention to what I'm eating, instead of being …

Mindfulness

Cancer risk no greater in IVF children, study shows

Largest study of its kind shows IVF not linked to any extra risks of the most common childhood cancers<p>Babies born as a result of fertility treatment are at no higher risk of developing cancer than other children, according to research.<p>In the biggest study of its kind, researchers examined the …

The Most Uplifting Ad You’ll See Today Is About a 15-Year-Old’s Incredible Cancer Research

Here's one from the warm-and-fuzzies school of advertising.<p>Jack Andraka, barely a teenager, decided to develop an early-detection test for pancreatic …

Cancer

Does McDonald's Belong in a Children's Hospital?

Unhealthy endorsement vs. comfort food at a trying time<p>The children’s hospital where I work recently announced it will be getting rid of its onsite McDonald’s. The restaurant will be out by the end of the year. It joins a long line of hospitals that have ejected their golden arches, including …

The Cancer Vaccine

Only one in three American girls is vaccinated against HPV. That will mean thousands of gratuitous cancer deaths. Young people in the South are especially unlikely to get the vaccine, according to a new study. Why?<p>If you haven't yet seen <i>Captain Phillips</i>, I won't spoil it. Since it's a biopic based …

Obesity, Not Old People, Is Making Healthcare Expensive

A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association clarifies some misconceptions about our medical system.<p>Since 1900, the average American lifespan has increased by 30 years, or by 62 percent. That nugget comes near the beginning of a new report taking stock of the U.S. healthcare …

Cancer Patient's Brain Gives Clues To How The Disease Spreads

By Charles Choi, Contributing Writer<p>Published: 11/15/2013 10:24 AM EST on LiveScience<p>One of the great mysteries of cancer is how it spreads, or metastasizes, throughout the body. But researchers have made an important discovery that may help to solve that puzzle: Cancer cells may fuse with white …

Homemade Is the New Organic

Meatloaf isn't good enough anymore. How media raised the bar for home cooking<p>I can sense when the question is on the tip of someone’s tongue. By now, the cocktails have turned watery. The tinkle of forks has softened. The conversation turns away from news, friends, or families, to cooking. “So …

When There Are Chemotherapy Shortages, Rationing Is Up to Doctors

Ethics for and against giving in-demand cancer treatments to children first<p>Recently the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) announced that there may be another Doxil shortage coming down the pipeline. Doxorubicin (commonly known as Doxil or the Red Devil) is a chemotherapy drug …

Cancer: Researchers Want to Narrow The Definition of the Word "Cancer"

“In the past 30 years, cancer doctors have focused on early detection using sophisticated screening devices that can catch abnormalities in a highly curable stage,” says Schnabel. “But in many cases, we’ve detected and then treated conditions that if left alone may never have progressed to a more …

Could the 'triple whammy' technique that beat HIV/Aids win battle against cancer?

New gene treatments that attack tumours on multiple fronts can prolong life – but also show cancer cells are more complex than scientists had thought<p>Wing commander Brian Liversidge was 60 when he was diagnosed, in 2004, as having aggressive prostate cancer. The CEO of a Cumbria educational trust …

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Breast cancer treated just as well by short radiotherapy course, say experts

New British study finds three-week course of larger doses as safe and effective as traditional five-week treatment<p>Giving breast cancer sufferers a shorter course of radiotherapy is just as effective, according to researchers who say it will reduce side effects for women being treated.<p>Radiotherapy …

Treating Kids' Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope

Try to imagine someone who is supremely calm while at the same time bursting with energy, and you've got a pretty good idea of what Jim Olson is like.<p>He's a cancer researcher, physician, cyclist, kayaker and cook, not always in that order. He approaches each activity with incredible passion.<p>But to …

Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help

Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. These are treatments that most insurance companies don't cover now.<p>The move is a response to the …