40% women lung cancer patients in Goa non-smokers, likely victims of passive smoking

40% women lung cancer patients in Goa non-smokers, likely victims of passive smoking

Almost 40% of women in Goa who have lung cancer do not smoke themselves, which means it is likely that they are victims of `passive smoking’, an anti-tobacco NGO has said. The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) said yesterday that there has been a rise in the number of women in the state who smoke. The overall percentage of smokers in the state’s population has dwindled in the last three decades, it said. NOTE India president Dr Shekhar Salkar told reporters that almost 40% of the women diagnosed with…

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Beware, these are the types of cancer where patients are at higher risk of committing suicide

Beware, these are the types of cancer where patients are at higher risk of committing suicide

Patients with prostate, bladder or kidney cancers are five times more likely to commit suicide, a survey led by an Indian-origin scientist has found. The analysis also showed that cancer patients are about three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. The proportion of attempted suicides which result in a completed or successful suicide was higher in cancer patients, with a higher proportion still in patients with urological cancers. Severe psychological stress is one of the main side-effects of both a diagnosis of cancer and the treatment,…

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Should elderly patients be sent home from the hospital to recover? Some doctors think so

Should elderly patients be sent home from the hospital to recover? Some doctors think so

When 86-year-old Carol Wittwer took a taxi to the emergency room, she expected to be admitted to the hospital. She didn’t anticipate being asked if she cooks for herself. If she has friends in her high-rise. Or if she could spell lunch backward. Wittwer’s care is part of a new approach to older patients as US emergency rooms adapt to serve the complex needs of a graying population. That means asking more questions, asking them earlier and, when possible, avoiding a hospital stay for many older patients. The surprising truth?…

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Hope for cancer patients: Enzyme linked to colon cancer identified

Hope for cancer patients: Enzyme linked to colon cancer identified

Researchers have identified an enzyme that appears to drive the conversion of normal colon tissue into cancer by attaching sugar molecules, or glycans, to certain proteins in the cell. The research, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, showed that the enzyme was absent in healthy colon tissue but abundant in colon cancer cells. “Our data suggest (that) this specific enzyme seems to affect a subset of proteins that could be involved in cell-cell adhesion,” said Hans Wandall from University of Copenhagen in Denmark. In other words, the glycan modifications…

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There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

A drug used to ease the effects of jet lag may also prevent the painful side effects of cancer medications, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Aberdeen in the UK found that a drug known as melatonin appeared to prevent pain caused by chemotherapy damage to nerves by blocking the harmful effects on nerve health. They focused on a common condition known as chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP), which causes tingling and pain to touch and cold temperatures, that can be severe enough to cause…

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High-Dose Radiotherapy May Increase Lifespan of Pancreatic Cancer Patients

High-Dose Radiotherapy May Increase Lifespan of Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Cancer is a deadly disease that affects millions worldwide. There are various treatments available to help combat the disease; a common technique being radiotherapy. Radiotherapy, also known as radiation therapy, is commonly used as a treatment for cancer as well as thyroid and blood disorders. With the use of radiation, the DNA of cancerous cells are broken to disrupt their growth or to kill them completely. For cancer treatment, ionising radiation method is used, which are a high-energy form of radiation. While it has proved to show good results in…

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A 30-Minute Walk May Help Advanced Cancer Patients

A 30-Minute Walk May Help Advanced Cancer Patients

For good health, some amount of physical activity is imperative. Even something as basic as walking can help you in numerous ways. The hectic lives that we lead today, not all of us find the time to stay active or hit the gym. This is why sedentary lifestyle is now scarily becoming one of the leading causes of major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, etc. Of course, one’s diet is another factor that plays a crucial role. But in you day-to-day life, if you want to start living…

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Green Tea May Help Patients With Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

Green Tea May Help Patients With Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

Green tea is that health benefiting potion that fights a host of diseases. It is easily available in the market and is fuss-free to prepare at home. Regular green tea consumption has been tied to a host of health benefits. It is known to help the body flush out toxins and promote healthy hair and skin. Stephanie Watson of Harvard Women’s Health Watch explains how regular consumption of green tea can lower the risk of cardiovascular ailments including heart attack and stroke. Green tea is power-packed with natural agents like…

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The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Diabetics & HIV Patients

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Diabetics & HIV Patients

A lot has been researched and talked about the miraculous Mediterranean diet and how beneficial it can be. As the name suggests, this popular diet is typically followed in the Mediterranean countries. It is characterized by high consumption of plant-base foods, grains, vegetables, nuts and olive oil and limits the consumption of protein and unhealthy fats. This sort of a diet is known to be heart-healthy, boosts brain power and has also been linked to reduced incidence of cancer. A new study throws light on another benefit of following the Mediterranean…

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Yoga Can Benefit Lower Back Pain Patients: Study

Yoga Can Benefit Lower Back Pain Patients: Study

Good news for people suffering from chronic non-specific lower back pain, yoga can help alleviate the condition. Yoga asanas, if performed under proper guidance and supervision, can help reduce pain and allow movement in patients. The trials for the study were conducted in India, the UK and the US. All participants had chronic non-specific lower back pain. “Our findings suggest that yoga exercise may lead to reducing the symptoms of lower back pain by a small amount,” said lead author Susan Wieland from Centre for Integrative Medicine at University of…

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