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September 20, 2012
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  • Common form of breast cancer carries long-term death risk
    Women with luminal A tumors, the most common and least aggressive type of breast cancer, remain at risk of dying from the condition more than a decade after diagnosis, according to a long-term study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Women with HER2-enriched and luminal B breast cancer had about double the risk of death than those with luminal A tumors. "The findings of this study indicate that it is important to consider breast cancer molecular subtypes in determining the optimal treatment for women with breast cancer," the study's author said. HealthDay News (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • West Nile virus cases continue to rise
    CDC officials reported on Wednesday the continued surge of West Nile infections and deaths in the U.S., reaching a total of 3,142 cases, including 134 deaths. Texas remains the epicenter of the epidemic, with nearly 40% of all cases. HealthDay News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early menopause may predict odds of heart problems, stroke
    The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis involving 2,509 women found that menopause before age 46 was associated with a twofold greater risk of myocardial infarction and stroke. However, researchers noted that the actual incidences of heart and stroke episodes were few. The study will be published in the journal Menopause. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. children opt out of school-mandated vaccinations
    The number of parents who chose not to give their children school-required vaccines due to nonmedical reasons increased between the 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 school years, Emory University researchers found. They noted that states with less-strict vaccine exemption policies as well as those that allowed philosophical exemptions had higher rates of nonmedical exemptions. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Rapid tests have limited ability in detecting flu variants
    Rapid influenza diagnostic tests used by health care providers have limited ability to diagnose variant influenza A viruses, including H3N2, H1N2 and H1N1, according to a CDC report published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. This may stem from differences in the nucleocapsid proteins in seasonal and swine-origin flu. Health care providers should understand that further testing may be needed for samples where variant H3N2 is suspected. Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emotional neglect during childhood may raise future stroke risk
    A study in the journal Neurology showed that moderately high levels of childhood emotional neglect were tied to an almost threefold higher risk of suffering a stroke in adulthood. Although the study established a link between emotional neglect and future stroke risk, it failed to find a causal relationship. HealthDay News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Extended benefits of weight-loss surgery are seen
    Severely obese participants who underwent gastric bypass surgery lost at least 20% of their initial weight and had kept the pounds off at six years post-surgery, while those who did not have the procedure did not lose weight, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed. Researchers also found that 62% of gastric bypass patients attained diabetes remission and 42% had normalized their blood pressure levels. Reuters (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Federal judge dismisses Miss. challenge to health law
    A lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act's health insurance mandate must wait but can be refiled later, a federal judge ruled. But Mississippi's governor can't be among the plaintiffs because he has insurance, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled. The lawsuit concerns protection of private information and can't be addressed until rules governing disclosure under the law are worked out, according to the judge's order. Insurance Journal/The Associated Press (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Webinar Tuesday on fall prevention programs
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