New mammogram measures of breast cancer risk could revolutionize screening

(Imaging Technology News) — World-first techniques for predicting breast cancer risk from mammograms that were developed in Melbourne could revolutionise breast screening by allowing it to be tailored to women at minimal extra cost. Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the University of Melbourne-led study found two new mammogram-based measures of risk. When these measures are combined, they […]

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Oral contraceptive pills may protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

(Lindsay Carlton/ Very Well Health) — New research is reiterating oral contraception is more than just a helpful family planning tool. Scientists are studying the pill’s preventative effects against some types of cancer—and on the flip side, the link between hormonal contraceptives and risk of breast cancer. A December study, published in Cancer Research, looked at […]

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Increased breast cancer risk in obesity linked to fat cell chemicals

(Medical XPress) — Obesity increases the release of tumor-promoting molecules from fat tissue and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in Endocrine-Related Cancer. The study found that fat tissue from people with obesity released increased amounts of extracellular vesicles (EV’s) enriched in harmful and inflammatory molecules into the […]

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Masks block 99.9% of large COVID-linked droplets

(Marlowe Hood/ Phys. Org.) — Face masks reduce the risk of spreading large COVID-linked droplets when speaking or coughing by up to 99.9 percent, according to a lab experiment with mechanical mannequins and human subjects, researchers said Wednesday. A woman standing two meters (yards) from a coughing man without a mask will be exposed to […]

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Canada gets a ‘B’ in cancer death rates

(Dave Yasvinski/ Healthing) — Canadians may be less likely to die from cancer than they were two decades ago, but a new study says the country has plenty of work to do if it wants to keep pace with other developed nations. The report, titled Mortality Due to Cancer 2020: Benchmarking Cancer Mortality in Canada, gave […]

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The Menopause Transition Is a Time of Serious Heart Disease Risk

(Meryl Davids Landau/ Everyday Health) — If you’re a woman in the menopause transition, hot flashes and night sweats aren’t the only things that should grab your attention. It turns out that the stage of fluctuating hormones leading to your final period is a risky time for your heart health. That’s the consensus of nearly […]

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Flavanol-rich diet could help lower blood pressure

(Science News) — Consuming a high-flavanol diet was associated with a significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and was inversely associated with blood lipids in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. “Previous studies of large populations have always relied on self-reported data to draw conclusions, but this is the first epidemiological […]

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‘Demand has skyrocketed’ for seasonal flu shots in Quebec amid COVID-19

(Brayden Jagger Haines/ Global News) — Quebec regional health authorities and pharmacies are bracing for a record year as demand for the seasonal flu shot is at a never-before-seen high. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate greater demand from the population for influenza vaccination,” a spokesperson for the West Island CIUSSS said in a […]

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‘Superbugs’ hang out on hospital patients

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — If you weren’t already worried enough about what germs lurk in hospitals, a new study shows ‘superbugs’ are common on patients and the things they touch. Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics, the researchers added. “Hand hygiene narrative has largely focused on physicians, nurses and other frontline staff, […]

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Quitting smoking is easier when couples try together

(Daniel Allar/ CardiovascularBusiness) — When couples attended smoking cessation programs together, their odds of quitting were nearly six times higher than for people who attempted to kick the habit alone, according to preliminary research presented April 12 at EuroPrevent 2019. The study enrolled 222 current smokers and their significant others—99 of whom were current smokers, […]

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