Health News

Could a new blood test identify prostate cancer?

By now, most people who know anything about the risk for prostate cancer know that the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test can be inaccurate. And, if it is, it means that a man can go through a painful and problematic biopsy for nothing.

The Cleveland Clinic has recently announced that it is offering a new blood test that is highly accurate in screening for prostate cancer. And, that it is used after the PSA test signals the possibility of this cancer.

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 Why is there excitement around CAR-T?

Stories about the hope for cure around gene therapy, and specifically CAR-T has been in the media over the past year. I was interested to find out what it is all about. I got an opportunity to interview Dr.  Beverly Davidson, a leader in this research who is based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  My article was recently published in the winter issue of the journal for the American Medical Writers Association.

Here is the link to the article:

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New shingles vaccine shows promise

The expert panel that helps guide U.S. vaccination policy has voted to give a preferential recommendation to GSK’s new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, effectively telling doctors and patients it is better than the alternative on the market, Merck’s Zostavax.

But the preferential vote, a rarity, barely squeaked through, with members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voting 8-to-7 on the question.

Earlier the committee voted unanimously to recommend the new vaccine, which earned market approval from the Food and Drug Administration last Friday.

https://www.statnews.com/2017/10/25/shingles-vaccine-acip/?utm_source=STAT+Newsletters&utm_campaign=b7a1672f9f-Pharmalot&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8cab1d7961-b7a1672f9f-149686301

Study of Cancer’s Origins Reveals Genetic Reprogramming of Single Cells

Researchers have created a model of cancer in zebrafish that allows them to capture live images of tumors forming and growing, in some cases from a single cell. Using the model, the researchers characterized some of the early genetic and epigenetic changes associated with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

In the fish, an important event in the development of melanoma was the activation, in differentiated pigment-producing cells, of a genetic program that normally occurs during embryonic development. The reprogramming of these mature cells, called melanocytes, gave them some of the characteristics of stem cells , such as the ability to grow and divide frequently, the researchers found.

https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2016/zebrafish-model-cancer-origins

California judge tosses $417 million talc cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson

(Reuters) – A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson marked the latest setback facing women and family members who accuse J&J of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1CQ003

Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday that vacated a $72 million award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt.
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/17/talcum-powder-case-award-vacated/

The American Cancer Society Explains Relationship between Cancer and Talcum Power

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled (see Asbestos). All talcum products used in homes in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html#.Weqp6E8NPDs.email

Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware, Recognized for Quality by Healthgrades

Beebe Healthcare is proud to announce it has been recognized by Healthgrades as having high achievements in Cardiac, Orthopaedic Services, Pulmonary, and Critical Care. Beebe was named among the top hospitals in the nation for coronary interventions – the only hospital on Delmarva to earn this distinction.

https://www.beebehealthcare.org/news/awards-accreditations-accolades/beebe-healthcare-recognized-quality-healthgrades#sthash.1QCtGkUx.dpbs

Do you want to find out about how your local hospital compares to others in the nation?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has a website for consumers to learn about the safety and reliability of care at hospitals in the United States.  If  you are planning to visit a hospital, or even move into a new area, don’t hesitate to learn about the care that you will receive.  https://www.cms.gov/medicare/quality-initiatives-patient-assessment-instruments/hospitalqualityinits/hospitalcompare.html

  Delaware Division of Public Health  highlights flu information on its  website

 

Besides sharing facts about the flu, the site includes all kinds of information. Examples of what you’ll find are: health statistics, community health services, forms to register births, deaths and marriages, and reports on a variety of diseases including asthma, cardiac and vascular, cancer, STDs, and Tuberculosis.

A list of Delaware contact agency names and numbers  is available for a variety of services for children, families, people with disabilities  and mental health issues, and the elderly.  Subject areas covered include: healthcare providers, emergency preparation, medical marijuana, and animal welfare.

The site is an excellence source, especially to those who are new to Delaware and don’t know where to turn for help.

http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/index.html

Measles is making a comeback in the United States

https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_168818.html

CDC promotes healthy lifestyles as a way to prevent cancer,  which is expected to be the leading cause of death in the United States by 2020

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/dcpc.htm

CDC updates information on flu activity – for the United States and the World.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6639a3.htm?s_cid=mm6639a3_w

A new law in Delaware makes healthcare more accessible

http://delawarepublic.org/post/new-delaware-law-makes-cancer-treatment-more-accessible

12 Facts about the flu you should know

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/09/24/12-flu-season-facts-you-need-to-know.aspx

Delaware fall prevention program for seniors highlights fall prevention awareness week

http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/pressreleases/2017/fallsprevention_09182017.html