Cesarean delivery associated with higher risk of severe complications for mothers 35 and older, study shows

(Kelly Grant/ Globe and Mail) — Women who deliver their babies by cesarean section are nearly twice as likely as those who deliver vaginally to suffer severe complications, according to a new study that comes as Canada’s c-section rate continues to climb. For mothers 35 and older, the odds of a serious short-term problem – […]

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For survivors, breast cancer can threaten another part of their lives: Sexual intimacy

(Barabara Sadick/ Washington Post) — Jill was just 39 in July 2010 when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Her longtime boyfriend had felt a lump in her right breast. Two weeks later, she had a mastectomy and began chemotherapy. The shock, stress, fatigue and treatment took its toll on the relationship, and […]

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Bowel cancer: Self-testing kit ‘saved my life’

(BBC News) — Wendy Lyons, lives in Nottinghamshire, U.K., a county leading the way in the use of Faecal Immunochemical Tests or FIT. The kit can tell doctors whether a more expensive and uncomfortable colonoscopy is needed. Hospital bosses hope they can use it to find cancer earlier in people who would not normally be […]

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New pancreatic cancer therapies extending lives

(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay) — Advances in chemotherapy and cancer monitoring can dramatically extend the lives of almost one-third of pancreatic cancer patients with tumors previously considered inoperable, researchers report. It’s good news for patients with a particularly deadly form of cancer that’s been highlighted by the recent diagnosis of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek with stage […]

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Will there ever be a universal test to detect cancer?

(Yasemin Saplakoglu/ Live Science) — Cancer is over one hundred different diseases hiding under one name. That’s why, just as there isn’t one universal way to treat cancer, there also isn’t one universal way to detect it. But that doesn’t mean scientists aren’t trying: If researchers can find a unique signature or “biomarker” of cancer […]

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Fewer periods may mean higher dementia risk

(Amy Norton/ HealthDay) — A new study suggests that the fewer menstrual periods a woman has in her lifetime, the higher her risk of dementia — though the reasons, for now, are unclear. The study was based on close to 16,000 women. It found that those who started having periods at age 16 or later […]

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Marcia Cross’ comments about her anal cancer battle show her dedication

(Meghan Demaria/ Bustle) — Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross doesn’t want there to be a stigma around anal cancer. And she’s fighting it by talking about her own experience. Marcia Cross’ comments about her anal cancer battle show that she’s dedicated to normalizing the conversation surrounding the disease. Like those who’ve suffered from any other […]

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New technology that prints human skin could help hasten wound healing

(Darwin Malicdem / Medical Daily) — Scientists have developed a new technology that can print human skin, layer by layer, to cover and treat large wounds or burns faster than traditional treatments. A team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) created the mobile skin bioprinting system that uses a patient’s own cells to […]

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Treating postpartum depression without pharmaceuticals: here’s what experts say

(Mary Sauer/ Romper) — With the release of the new FDA-approved medication, Brexanolone, which is indicated for the treatment of postpartum depression, treatments for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are in the spotlight. While many voices in the medical community are excited about what this could mean for the future of postpartum depression treatment, the […]

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Too soon to pull breast implants tied to cancer, U.S. panel

(Associated Press) — U.S. government medical advisers said Monday it’s too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel didn’t recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after […]

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