Turning the tables on cancer

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In the spring of 2012, Tom Stutz was a man without a future. Just getting through the day took all of his energy and determination. The retired attorney from Sherman Oaks, California, had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma the previous year. He had tumors in his lung, liver,...

Wait times for health care services differ greatly throughout US

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Tremendous variability in wait times for health care appointments exists throughout the U.S., ranging from same day service to several months, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. However, there is currently an opportunity to develop “systems-based...

Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes

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(Reuters Health) – While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, a small study suggests. Researchers in Scotland interviewed 64 smokers...

10 years after smoking ban, percentage of bars and restaurants using exemption has doubled

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ATLANTA | Ten years ago, the Georgia legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants. It was promoted as a way to improve “the health, comfort and environment’’ of Georgians. The law, still in effect, has some exemptions, including allowing smoking in an...

Smoking may impact survival after a breast cancer diagnosis

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Researchers have found that smoking may increase the risk of dying early in premenopausal women with breast cancer. In a prospective study of 848 women with breast cancer who were followed for a median of 6.7 years, premenopausal women who smoked for more than 21.5 years had a...

What is a mammogram? When should I get a mammogram?

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Breast cancer is a disease affecting approximately 2,300 men and 230,000 women annually in the United States.1 While most women are familiar with the term “mammogram,” they may not be aware of what it is, why it is used and when it should be done. A mammogram is a...

As smoking declines, more are likely to quit

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New study casts doubt on the value of promoting e-cigarettes Smokeless tobacco and, more recently, e-cigarettes have been promoted as a harm reduction strategy for smokers who are “unable or unwilling to quit.” The strategy, embraced by both industry and some public...

Doctors in bitter divide over e-cigarettes

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Are-cigarettes giving tobacco companies the means to appear benign while actually “killing people softly” or are the alternatives offering the best chance of reducing harm from cigarette smoking? Doctors are bitterly divided over the question. An article in The BMJ...

Vapor is the new tobacco

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​NEW YORK – While cigarette sales volume slipped 0.4% worldwide last year, the global vapor industry nearly doubled in size, to $6 billion from 2013 to 2014, according to a report from Euromonitor International. CBS News reports that the research firm expects the industry to...