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Newsbriefs: Excess Calcium; Prostate Cancer

Excess calcium could be early detector of cancer.
A condition known as hypercalcemia—high levels of calcium in the blood—could be an early indicator of certain types of cancer, according to a study by British researchers. Hypercalcaemia is a common metabolic disorder associated with cancer, and occurs in 10 to 20 percent

2. Beating Skin Cancer

Cancer is the name for a collection of related diseases. The distinguishing characteristic of all them is that cells divide, grow, and spread (metastasize) to other tissues of the body.
Skin cancer, then, is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It is responsible for one-third of all cancers in the United

7. Treatment

Despite reports of promising new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, there is still no cure. One or more of the drugs currently being tested may offer hope, but the results of those studies are still a few years away. In the meantime, there are drugs that can treat some of the

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Consider Pros and Cons Carefully

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to

Melanoma: Less Common But More Dangerous

Though less common than the other types of skin cancer, melanoma is much more dangerous because it is more likely to invade other parts of the body. While anyone can have melanoma, seniors are more at risk. The average age for melanoma diagnosis is 62. Early detection remains the best

Newsbriefs: Brain Tumors; Cancer Metastasis

Radiation Plus Chemo for Low-Grade Brain Tumors
A randomized phase III clinical trial at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center of 251 people with grade 2 gliomas found that patients treated with radiation plus a combination of chemotherapy drugs have better survival rates—13.3 years compared to 7.8 years—than patients treated with

Find the Diabetes Drugs Best Suited for You

The days in which the only treatment for type 2 diabetes was insulin injections are long past. Now, new classes of FDA-approved drugs and new drug combinations allow physicians to individualize treatment based on the specific needs of the 29 million Americans who have the condition, half of whom are

Newsbriefs: Ankle Brachial Test; Ovarian Cancer; Heart Health

Ankle Brachial Test May Help to Identify Mild Cognitive Impairment
People with an abnormal ankle brachial index (ABI) score were more likely to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. ABI is a test to check for peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.

Knee Osteoarthritis Roundup

Chondroitin Sulfate & ­Glucosamine Hydrochloride Revisited
Some 10 years ago, a landmark trial of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride found the drugs ineffective, whether taken alone or in combination. In a new, six-month trial in Europe, the drugs were tested again, along with celecoxib. Patients with knee OA and moderate-to-severe pain

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