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This Common Yard Weed is an Anti-Cancer Powerhouse

This Common Yard Weed is an Anti-Cancer Powerhouse

Dandelion root tea has been proven to kill various types of cancer cells in the lab and in animals (including colon cancer, leukemias, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer), and is now being tested in phase 1 human clinical trials for end stage blood related cancers (leukemia and lymphoma). In this fascinating 2014 TEDx talk, Dr. Siyaram Pandey PhD describes his research on the remarkable anti-cancer effects of dandelion root tea.

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The Explosive Compound RDX May Be the Greatest Threat to the U.S.’s Health

The Explosive Compound RDX May Be the Greatest Threat to the U.S.’s Health

RDX was developed by the U.S. military during World War II. It is now believed by many to cause cancer, and is increasingly turning up in drinking water supplies near military sites across the country. As the human health and environmental dangers of RDX have become known, ProPublica’s investigation found that the Pentagon has resisted scientific evidence that it causes cancer, interfered with federal and state efforts to clean up RDX-contaminated lands, and even pressed Congress to re-write American environmental laws so as to not apply to RDX contamination.

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Cancer drugs may remain approved despite lack of benefit

Cancer drugs may remain approved despite lack of benefit

Researchers evaluated studies done on 18 cancer drugs approved between 2008 and 2012 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). None of the drugs had been found to prolong life, and only one had enough evidence to say it improved quality of life. Yet, all but one retained its approval status.

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Breast cancer and back pain: What to know

Breast cancer and back pain: What to know

Breast cancer that has reached an advanced stage is known as metastatic or stage 4 breast cancer. This classification means that cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Back pain is one symptom of metastatic breast cancer and can appear in the later stages of the disease.

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Are Cancer policies a wise investment?

Are Cancer policies a wise investment?

Most cancer policies do not accept those who’ve been previously diagnosed with a pre-existing condition such as cancer. Also, those who’ve been diagnosed and treated for cancer are usually ineligible for coverage. Those who are eligible for coverage are those who, at the time of insurability, have good health and no evidence of existing disease. In easier to understand terms: if you’re perfectly healthy, you’d probably qualify for a cancer policy and that would be the best time to take one out if you so choose. If you’ve already been diagnosed, forget it.

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Breast Cancer: How Long on Aromatase Inhibitors Is Long Enough?

Breast Cancer: How Long on Aromatase Inhibitors Is Long Enough?

Women with breast cancer who are prescribed aromatase inhibitors (AI) such as Arimidex (anastrozole) and Femara (letrozole) don’t need to take the medication for more than two additional years following the standard five-year treatment period, according to research presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December.

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Can an existing drug win against aggressive breast cancer?

Can an existing drug win against aggressive breast cancer?

In an in vitro study using human triple-negative cancer tissue, the team noted that interferon-β targeted cancer stem-like cells directly. The cytokine had a marked effect on the cancer tissue exposed to it, even after the researchers interrupted the exposure.

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Cancer pain: Relief is possible

Cancer pain: Relief is possible

If you’re not getting the answers you need, request a referral to a facility skilled in the care of pain. All major cancer centers have pain management programs. The medications and treatment for pain are generally covered by standard insurance.

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13 Foods That Could Lower Your Risk of Cancer

13 Foods That Could Lower Your Risk of Cancer

What you eat can drastically affect many aspects of your health, including your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.The development of cancer, in particular, has been shown to be heavily influenced by your diet.Many foods contain beneficial compounds that could help decrease the growth of cancer.There are also several studies showing that a higher intake of certain foods could be associated with a lower risk of the disease

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Why do my nipples hurt? 8 causes of nipple pain

Why do my nipples hurt? 8 causes of nipple pain

There are many causes of nipple pain, some as simple as an allergy to laundry detergent or a bra that does not fit right. Nipple pain is also a common occurrence in menstruating, pregnant, or breast-feeding women. There are more serious causes of nipple pain, such as infections and cancer, so seeing a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment is important.

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Vaccines: Looking Within for Cancer Treament 

Vaccines: Looking Within for Cancer Treament 

Researchers have been chasing the idea of treating cancer with vaccines for decades, but the history of the science shows more failures than successes. In recent years, however, treatment vaccines have attracted more interest thanks to advances in immunotherapy, an approach that harnesses the body’s immune system to attack cancer. Clinical trials suggest that personal vaccines, tailored to treat a particular tumor, could help extend survival in patients with hard-to-treat disease.

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Breast cancer: These gene variations may shorten young women’s survival

Breast cancer: These gene variations may shorten young women’s survival

Breast cancer is most common among women aged 40 and older; women under the age of 40 account for only around 4 percent of new invasive breast cancer cases in the U.S. But while younger women are at lower risk of developing breast cancer, when they are diagnosed with the disease, their relative survival rates are lower. Younger women are often diagnosed with breast cancer when the disease is more aggressive, which may partly explain their poorer survival. However, the new study from Dr. Tapper and colleagues suggests that certain gene variations might also play a role.

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Publication details

Author: Janet Maker, Ph.D.
Publication Date: February, 2017
Distributor: Ingram
Trim: 6×9
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
ISBN (Hardcover) 978-0-9976619-0-3
ISBN (Paperback) 978-0-9976619-1-0
ISBN (eBook) 978-0-9976619-2-7
Published by Jane Thomas Press

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