Melatonin no help for late-stage cancer weight loss

By Kathryn Doyle

NEW YORK | Fri Mar 1, 2013 3:00pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Despite encouraging results in the past, melatonin pills did nothing to help advanced cancer patients eat more or stave off weight loss in a new clinical trial.

“We had great enthusiasm for it also based on these other trials, and were quite disappointed when it didn’t work,” lead author Dr. Egidio Del Fabbro told Reuters Health.

Coronary Calcium Is Stroke Risk Barometer

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By Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: February 28, 2013

Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Action Points

  • Note that this large cohort study demonstrated an association between coronary artery calcification and stroke.
  • Be aware that the addition of coronary artery calcification information to traditional risk factors only marginally increased predictive model performance.

Eating Helps Dementia Patients Avoid Depression

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By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Published: February 28, 2013

Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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  • Note that this small Taiwanese study demonstrated that an individualized intervention targeting healthy-eating habits improved nutrition and depression scores among institutionalized adults with dementia.
  • Be aware that the effects waned rapidly once the intervention ceased.

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THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) — Helping people with dementia to eat more regularly improves their physical health and may lower symptoms of depression, a small new study from Taiwan suggests.

Get regular screenings for colorectal cancer

Did you know colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women? If everyone 50 or older got screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Fortunately, screening tests can find these polyps, so you can get them removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.