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Decreased Survival for Puerto Rican Women with “Triple-negative” Breast Cancer Subtype

October 2, 2010 8:31 am | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — Puerto Rican women who had breast cancer that lacked estrogen and progesterone receptors and did not overexpress the HER2neu protein (triple-negative) had worse survival than those with other types of invasive breast cancer, according to a study presented at the Third AACR...

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Race Not Root of Disparity in Lung Cancer Between Whites and Blacks

October 2, 2010 8:31 am | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — Race itself was not a prognostic factor of overall survival among black patients with lung cancer, according to data from a retrospective study presented at the Third AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities.

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Racial Differences in Breast Cancer Treatment Persist, Despite Similar Economics

October 2, 2010 8:31 am | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — African-American women with breast cancer living in Washington, D.C., are more likely to experience delays in treatment regardless of insurance type, socioeconomic status and cancer characteristics such as stage and grade.

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Strategies for Overcoming Cancer Health Disparities through Communication Highlighted at AACR Meeting

October 1, 2010 3:31 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — Cancer disparities persist across racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic lines. Several factors contribute to the disparity in health care, including differences in culture, education and financial resources. Other factors include language barriers, limited access to health...

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Electromed settles lawsuit over SmartVest name

October 1, 2010 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical device maker Electromed Inc. said Friday it settled a trademark lawsuit over the use of the name SmartVest for its breathing products.Electromed did not disclose terms of the settlement but said it will be able to continue using the name SmartVest.The lawsuits were brought by Hill-Rom...

TWAS to meet in India

October 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(TWAS) TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, will hold its 21st General Meeting in Hyderabad, India, on October 19-22, 2010. More than 350 scientists from 35 countries are expected to attend. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, will address the...

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Boston Medical Center research study validates the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale

October 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Boston University Medical Center) Boston Medical Center doctors have proven the reliability of the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale, a tool that assesses the cleanliness of the colon during colonoscopies.

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DNA Repair Capacity Identified Those at High Risk for Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

October 1, 2010 2:34 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — DNA repair capacity (DRC) measurements effectively identified individuals who were at high risk for non-melanoma skin cancer, and may be a useful method to evaluate the efficacy of preventive therapies, according to study results presented at the Third AACR Conference on the...

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Vigorous Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — Vigorous exercise of more than two hours per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal African-American women by 64 percent, compared to women of the same race who do not exercise, according to researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Memory Impairment Common in People with a History of Cancer

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — People with a history of cancer have a 40 percent greater likelihood of experiencing memory problems that interfere with daily functioning, compared with those who have not had cancer, according to results of a new, large study.

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Low Socioeconomic Status Linked With More Severe Colorectal Cancer

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — People living in economically deprived neighborhoods were more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage, non-localized colorectal cancer, even after researchers controlled for known colorectal cancer risk factors, according to data presented at the Third American Association for...

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Breast Cancer Linked to Environmental Smoke Exposure Among Mexican Women

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — Mexican women who do not smoke but are exposed to smoking, known as environmental smoke exposure, are at three times higher risk for breast cancer than non-smoking women not exposed to passive smoking, according to findings presented at the Third AACR Conference on The Science of...

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Multipronged Intervention Treated Persistent Fatigue Effectively in Breast Cancer Survivors

October 1, 2010 2:32 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — A group-based, holistic, mind-body intervention was equally effective in treating persistent fatigue and improving quality of life for breast cancer survivors, regardless of their race.

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Adults in Puerto Rico Aware of Genetic Testing, But Use Remains Low

October 1, 2010 2:32 pm | by AACR | Comments

MIAMI — Awareness of genetic testing was higher among adults in Puerto Rico compared to previous U.S. population-based studies, while use of genetic testing was lower, according to data presented at the Third AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, held Sept. 30 to Oct 3, 2010.

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Grassley: More Government Oversight Needed to Prove the Value of GPOs

October 1, 2010 2:30 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is pressuring Congress to increase government oversight of group purchasing organizations (GPOs), which, through their purchasing contracts, control devicemaker access to their member hospitals.

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