Kids With Asthma Need a Flu Shot: Study

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An annual flu shot is key for children with asthma, a new study shows. “We now know that if these kids get the flu, the risks are very high that emergency treatment for an asthma attack will fail,” said study co-author and pediatrician Dr. Francine Ducharme. “Instead of…

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Cancer Drug Keytruda a New Weapon Against Advanced Lung Tumors

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A cancer drug that boosts the immune system outperforms chemotherapy in fighting advanced lung cancer, a new trial shows. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) extended life four to eight months longer than chemotherapy in lung cancer patients whose immune systems had been duped by their cancer cells. “This trial shows that…

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Gene Test May Allow Many With Early Breast Cancer to Avoid Chemo

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A majority of women with an early form of a common breast cancer may be able to skip chemotherapy, depending on the results of a comprehensive gene test. The new study of nearly 7,000 women found that use of the already available Oncogene DX gene test could pinpoint…

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Extended Chemo Extends Life for Children With Rare Cancer

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children suffering from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the muscle tissue, may have better chances for a cure if they have extended chemotherapy, a new study finds. In a phase 3 clinical trial, adding six months of low-dose maintenance chemotherapy after initial treatment extended the five-year survival rate…

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Experimental Drug Shows 'Modest' Benefit in Slowing Advanced Breast Cancer

SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new and highly targeted drug slowed the growth of advanced breast cancers by about an average of two months, researchers report. “The findings in this study show a modest benefit to a subgroup of women with estrogen receptor-positive tumors,” said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, a breast cancer specialist…

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Could a Blood Test Spot Lung Cancer Early?

SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Genetic blood testing is showing potential as a means of catching some early stage cancers, researchers are reporting. For example, a panel of three different genetic tests was able to detect early stage lung cancer about half of the time in people who’d already been diagnosed with the…

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Yes, You Can Put Too Much Chlorine in a Pool

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Before you take a dip in the pool this summer, be sure there’s not too much chlorine in the water. Over the past 10 years, more than 500 people in California have been exposed and sickened by too much chlorine while swimming, according to the California Department of…

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Cancer Care Twice as Costly in U.S. Versus Canada

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — What a difference a border makes, when it comes to the cost of cancer care. Common chemotherapy for advanced colorectal cancer costs twice as much in Washington state as it does a short walk across the Canadian border into British Columbia, researchers report. A month’s worth of chemotherapy…

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Blacks With Prostate Cancer May Fare Better Than Whites

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black men with advanced prostate cancer who get chemotherapy may live longer than white men, a new study suggests. Data from nine trials including more than 8,000 men with advanced prostate cancer showed that survival for black men was initially the same as for white men — an…

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Many, But Not All, Hospitals Require Flu Shots for Staffers

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With this year’s terrible flu season a fresh memory, a new study finds that more U.S. hospitals are requiring staffers to get flu shots, but VA hospitals lag behind. In two surveys done four years apart, the number of Veterans Affairs hospitals mandating flu shots rose only slightly,…

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E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Lettuce Is Over, Leaving 5 Deaths in Its Wake

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — This spring’s outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce is likely over, U.S. health officials say, but not before claiming five lives. “Romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region [of Arizona] is past its shelf life and is likely no longer being sold in…

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AHA: Lifesaving Info Not Always a 911 Call Away

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Keidryn Nimsgern’s heart stopped when she was riding in her boyfriend’s car while the two ran errands in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Jake Suter had never called 911 before that frightening day a year ago. Today, they are both grateful there was a dispatcher trained to…

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