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Blacks, Whites

Gap in Cancer Death Rates Narrows Between Blacks, Whites

Death rates from cancer among African Americans continue to decline such that the disparity between blacks and whites is narrowing for the most common cancers and in some age groups, the mortality gap has been almost eliminated, new statistics show. “In the United States, African American/black individuals bear a disproportionate share of the cancer burden,…

Medical Genetics

Aging And Chronic Diseases Share Genetic Factors

The global population age 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups and faces the tide of chronic diseases threatening their quality of life and posing challenges to healthcare and economic systems. To better understand the underlying biology behind health span the healthy period of life before the first chronic disease manifestation…

Smoking

Exposition Of Children To Chemicals: Thirdhand Smoke Residue

The harmful effects of exposure to tobacco smoke have been known for many years. Cigarette and cigar smokers are at significantly higher risk of contracting all sorts of respiratory maladies; and research linking secondhand smoke to cancer goes back nearly three decades. But what about the chemicals that stain the walls, ceilings, carpet and upholstery…

Microorganisms

Living Cells & Microorganisms: Measuring Forces

Forces by a living cell or a microorganism are tiny and often not larger than a few nanonewtons. For comparison, one nanonewton is the weight of one part in a billion of a typical chocolate bar. Yet, for biological cells and microbes; these forces are enough to allow cells to stick to a surface or…

The brain

Microdialysis For Neurotransmitter Analysis

Extracellular fluid from the brain Microdialysis is a sampling technique that is used to collect extracellular fluid from the brain. It is used to study a range of conditions, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, behavior in relation to fear, neuroactivity following the consumption of alcohol and so on. In biomedical research, microdialysis often carried out in…

Epidemic

Measles Outbreaks Are Back

In 2000, the United States declared that measles had been eliminated from the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that means measles is no longer endemic—or constantly present—and there has been no continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more. Now the highly infectious disease is receiving national attention as outbreaks spread throughout…

Family medicine

New Online Software Package Trains Health Care

In a world where they travel the globe by jet, diseases that are once thought to plague faraway places can now strike close to home. The U.S. had to learn this the hard way. In 2014, a patient harboring Ebola returned home to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. Within 15 days of this person’s arrival, the…

Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual Dysfunction Common After Prostate Cancer

Overall, men who have been treated for prostate cancer can expect the quality of life equal to that as men in the general population; even those diagnosed with advanced disease, concludes the largest study of its kind. However, the study also shows that sexual dysfunction is virtually ubiquitous among men with prostate cancer; regardless of age or…

Renal cell carcinoma

Non-Clear Cell Kidney Cancer Monotherapy With Pembrolizumab

While immunotherapy has made quite an impact on the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, most of these tumors are have clear cell histology; and patients with non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma (nccRCC) are often excluded from clinical trials. Now, one of the first trials in this specific patient population has shown promising activity with monotherapy with pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck). “The…

Heart valve

Treatment Success In Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure

Despite rapidly increasing intervention rates, the complication rate remains consistently low. Scientists at the Center for Cardiology of the Mainz University Medical Center have examined the success of more than 13,575 minimally invasive procedures on the mitral valve in the largest study of their kind to date. Although patients grew older during the period from 2011…

Toothpaste

According To Kids Using Too Much Toothpaste

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children today are using too much toothpaste to brush their teeth. They add that this can be a concern because of excessive fluoride ingestion among the children. The CDC released a report last week; after a survey of parents and their children aged between 3 and 15…

Medicine

Impact Drug Development And Personalized Medicine

Medicine is the science and practice of establishing the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness. Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciences, biomedical research, genetics, and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease, typically through pharmaceuticals or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, external splints and traction, medical devices, biologics, and ionizing radiation, amongst others. Brain tumor drug A breakthrough for…