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Prostrate cancer: Wives Lives are Being Undermined by Their Husband’s Illness

Many wives of advanced prostate cancer sufferers feel that their lives are being undermined by their husband’s illness, with nearly half reporting that their own health suffered. In addition, a focus subgroup has revealed that many feel isolated and fearful, and worry about the role change in their lives as their husband’s cancer advances.

This study, developed with the wives of men with metastatic prostate cancer who were being treated with hormone therapy, is amongst the first carried out on how prostate cancer affects the partners of sufferers.  It was presented yesterday at the EAU conference in Copenhagen.

Inappropriate Use of Diagnostic Tests Found in PC

A group of researchers made a systematic review and meta-analysis to identify the overuse and underuse of diagnostic tests in primary care. The study, published in BMJ Opensuggests that primary care physicians displayed “marked variation” in how often they ordered tests in compliance with testing guidelines.

Waning Vaccine-derived Immunity: Cause for Mumps Resurgence

According to a new analysis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a resurgence of mumps in the U.S. among vaccinated young adults appears to be due to the waning of vaccine-induced immunity.

Researchers found that vaccine-derived immune protection against mumps persists an average of about 27 years after the last dose. The findings suggest that, in addition to the currently recommended two doses of mumps vaccine in childhood, the third dose at age 18 or booster shots may help sustain protection among adults. The study is published in Science Translational Medicine.