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Consequences of not screening for prostate cancer prove dire

Consequences of not screening for prostate cancer prove dire

SAN DIEGO – The mean survival of men who initially presented with a prostate-specific antigen score of 100 ng/mL or greater was just 18 months, results from a single-center study showed. In an effort to provide insight into the consequences of not screening for prostate cancer, researchers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, […]

Stroke patients see signs of recovery in stem-cell trial

Stroke patients see signs of recovery in stem-cell trial

Five seriously disabled stroke patients have shown small signs of recovery following the injection of stem cells into their brain. Prof Keith Muir, of Glasgow University, who is treating them, says he is “surprised” by the mild to moderate improvements in the five patients. He stresses it is too soon to tell whether the effect […]

Teen Birth Rate in U.S. Declined to All-Time Low in 2011

Teen Birth Rate in U.S. Declined to All-Time Low in 2011

Teen birth rates dropped 25 percent in the U.S. in a five-year period to an all-time low in 2011, as pregnancy prevention measures paid off, according to a health agency report. In all U.S. states except North Dakota and West Virginia, the rate of teen mothers dropped 15 percent in 2011 from 2007, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control […]

Polio Outbreak In Kenya: A Threat To Global Eradication

Polio Outbreak In Kenya: A Threat To Global Eradication

  A baby receives a polio vaccine at the Medina Maternal Child Health center in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country has one of the lowest immunization rates in the world. Ben Curtis/AP   Kenya has recorded its first case of polio in two years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. A 4-month-old girl came down with paralysis on […]

Valerie Jarrett on Ending HIV/AIDS in the United States

Valerie Jarrett on Ending HIV/AIDS in the United States

Last month, fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys introduced EMPOWERED, an ongoing public information campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. At the launch event in Washington, D.C. at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett spoke both personally and professionally about how this disease affects us […]

Living Near Fast-Food Outlets Might Boost Obesity Risk

Living Near Fast-Food Outlets Might Boost Obesity Risk

Having a fast-food restaurant nearby might be a convenience, but living within two miles of one may be a little too convenient. According to a new study, black Americans who live near these businesses have a higher body-mass index than those living farther away. Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found […]

What’s e-health and what does it mean for you?

What’s e-health and what does it mean for you?

One benefit of e-health is that providers will have a better way to coordinate care for patients. © WavebreakmediaMicro – Fotolia.com If you visit a doctor’s office or hospital and you usually see stacks of manila folders with labels on them and loads of paper inside. When a doctor wants to research more about a […]

Penn Medicine Researchers Identify Four New Genetic Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer

Penn Medicine Researchers Identify Four New Genetic Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer

Large, First-of-its-Kind Study Finds Genomic Regions Associated with Higher Risk PHILADELPHIA — A new study looking at the genomes of more than 13,000 men identified four new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer, the most commonly diagnosed type in young men today. The findings from this first-of-its-kind meta-analysis were reported online […]

Fitness protects you from cancer, even 20 years later

Fitness protects you from cancer, even 20 years later

Fitness can protect you from cancer — even 20 or more years down the road, researchers report. And men who were the most fit in middle age were the least likely to die a quarter century later even if they were unlucky enough to get cancer, a new study finds. Men who were the most […]

What it means to give back: Mentorship

What it means to give back: Mentorship

Before coming to medical school, I shadowed many physicians in various fields to get a better sense of what it is like to be a doctor. However, as an undergraduate student at a technology school with no accompanying medical school, finding a mentor in the field of medicine was quite challenging. In my senior year […]