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Study: Religious support affects where cancer patients die
The likelihood of dying in an ICU increased fivefold and chances of dying in a hospice decreased among terminal cancer patients who had strong religious community support, compared with those who had little support, Dana-Farber Cancer Center researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Patients who had strong spiritual support from their religious community and also from their medical team, however, had higher hospice use, less aggressive end-of-life care and fewer ICU deaths, the study found. MedPage Today (free registration) (5/6)
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Uninsured men are more likely to have advanced prostate cancer
The incidence of advanced prostate cancer was almost four times greater than average among men who lack health insurance or who are underinsured, a study found. Researchers noted that these patients were less likely to survive for five years compared with the average for men with prostate cancer. The findings were to have been presented at the annual American Urological Association meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (5/7)
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Genomics data increasingly reveal commonalities in cancers
Researchers collaborating on the NIH's Cancer Genome Atlas project are discovering similar mutations in different cancers, which could change how cancer is treated. For example, researchers report commonalities in certain types of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as a similar mutation in some endometrial and colon cancers that disables a DNA repair mechanism. In another arm of the project, researchers studied 200 acute myeloid leukemias and identified common genetic malfunctions that will guide treatment decisions. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/1), HealthDay News (5/1)
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New mHealth tool offers strategies for chronic disease management
A Web-based mHealth toolkit was recently unveiled by the Center for Technology and Aging, with input from Beacon Communities and other leading U.S. health care providers, to offer important resources to health groups interested in launching a mobile program for chronic disease management. "This new toolkit offers organizations hands-on strategies and best practices for using mHealth technologies as effectively and efficiently as possible," said Center for Technology and Aging Director David Lindeman. Healthcare IT News (5/2)
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FDA proposes skin cancer warnings on tanning beds
Tanning beds and sunlamps should have warning labels indicating that anyone younger than 18 should not use them and alerting users to the risk of developing skin cancer, FDA officials said Monday. The proposed regulations also would reclassify the devices as moderate-risk products, which means that FDA clearance would be needed before they are allowed on the market. USA Today (5/6), Reuters (5/6)
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Incidence of testicular cancer is steadily rising in U.S.
Cases of testicular cancer increased between 1992 and 2009, from 5.7 cases per 100,000 men to 6.8, researchers from the American Cancer Society found. They noted that Hispanic men saw a higher-than-average increase. The findings were to be presented at an American Urological Association meeting. News (5/3)
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