Regular exercise before breast cancer tied to lower heart risk after treatment

(Reuters Health) – Older breast cancer patients who exercised regularly before their cancer diagnosis may be better protected from the heart-harming effects of cancer treatment, a large U.S. study suggests.

Among more than 4,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer when most were in their 60s or older, those who got regular exercise in the five years before diagnosis were up to 37% less likely than more sedentary women to develop and die of cardiovascular disease in the decade after diagnosis.

And the more exercise they got before diagnosis, the lower their odds of heart disease and cardiovascular-related death later.

Infection amnesia: Measles ‘destroys immune system memory’

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Getting measles is even more dangerous than doctors had realized, because it destroys immunity that the victim has acquired to other diseases, researchers said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. Picture taken March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

The findings help to explain why children often catch other infectious diseases after having measles, and underscore the dangers of growing resistance to childhood vaccination in some countries, according to two studies published simultaneously.

‘Invincible’ Teen Vapers Face Fears, Ask For Help

It all started at the mall when a friend offered her a puff from a Juul e-cigarette.

“It was kind of peer pressure,” said Beth, a Denver-area 15-year-old who started vaping in middle school. “Then I started inhaling it,” she said. “I suddenly was, like, wow, I really think that I need this — even though I don’t.”

Soon, Beth — who asked that her last name not be used because she hasn’t told her parents about her vaping — had a Juul of her own. She was vaping half a pod of e-liquid a day, the nicotine equivalent of half a pack of conventional cigarettes. She used other brands, too — a Suorin, a Smok Novo and a modified device, which gives users custom vaping options.

New York set to become latest U.S. city to ban foie gras

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City, often viewed as the fine dining capital of America, was poised on Wednesday to become the latest U.S. city to ban the sale of foie gras, sparking manufacturers to vow a court battle to overturn it.

FILE PHOTO: An employee prepares foie gras (duck liver) at the Maison Lafitte company factory in Montaut, France January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

The New York City Council was expected to pass a bill to “ban the sale or provision of certain force-fed poultry products.”

No country immune to risk of African swine fever spreading: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) – African swine fever will spread further across Asia where it has devastated herds, and no country is immune from being hit by the deadly animal virus, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.

Dr Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), poses for a portrait at their headquarters in Paris, France, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The disease, which has hit the world’s top pork producer China hard, originated in Africa before spreading to Europe and Asia. It has been found in 50 countries, killing hundreds of million pigs, while reshaping global meat and feed markets.

Is Head Injury Causing Dementia? MRI Might Show

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Latest Alzheimer’s News

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When a loved one shows signs of dementia, sometimes a head injury is the cause and MRI scans can help prevent a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s, researchers report.

As many as 21% of older adults with dementia may be misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a previous study found. Up to 40% of dementias are caused by conditions other than Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A misdiagnosis can be devastating for patients and their families, and result in patients not receiving appropriate treatment or taking part in clinical trials that could benefit them, according to the authors of this new study.

For Seniors, Financial Woes Can Be Forerunner to Alzheimer’s

News Picture: For Seniors, Financial Woes Can Be Forerunner to Alzheimer'sBy Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
HealthDay Reporter

Latest Alzheimer’s News

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Unpaid bills, overdrawn accounts, dwindling investments: When seniors begin experiencing fiscal troubles, early dementia or Alzheimer’s disease could be an underlying cause, researchers say.

In the early stages of the disease, people with undiagnosed Alzheimer’s are at high risk of making foolish and dangerous decisions about their finances, mostly because families may not know they need help, researchers say.

“Individuals often aren’t diagnosed early enough, and it’s a perfect storm,” said study author Carole Gresenz, a professor of health systems administration at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Potential new target for treatment of gout

Researchers have identified a new therapeutic target for the treatment of gout, a common type of arthritis that causes episodes of painful and stiff joints. Their study suggests that blocking a signaling molecule known as TAK1 can suppress inflammation caused by gout. The research lays the foundation for the development of potential new treatment strategies for gout.
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California Fires Illuminate Trauma And Resilience

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Dorothy Hammack had planned to wash her thick, dark hair in the kitchen sink Friday morning. She couldn’t yet shower, due to the incision on her breast from a biopsy a few days before. Her doctor had already called to let her know the results: She had breast cancer.

Hospitals Take Shot At Opioid Makers Over Cost Of Treating Uninsured For Addiction

While thousands of cities and counties have banded together to sue opioid makers and distributors in a federal court, another group of plaintiffs has started to sue on their own: hospitals.

Hundreds of hospitals have joined in a handful of lawsuits in state courts, seeing the state-based suits as their best hope for winning meaningful settlement money.

“The expense of treating overdose and opioid-addicted patients has skyrocketed, straining the resources of hospitals throughout our state,” said Lee Bond, CEO of Singing River Health System in Mississippi in a statement. His hospital is part of a lawsuit in Mississippi.