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2023

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Is Rare But Aggressive: Know the Signs

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Is Rare But Aggressive: Know the SignsSUNDAY, Oct. 15, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Inflammatory breast cancer is rare, but it’s aggressive, fast-growing and hard to detect early, so it’s important to know the warning signs. The American Cancer Society is working to raise awareness about this form of breast cancer, known also as IBC, which is responsible for about 1% to 5% of all breast cancer cases.“IBC is tricky as it doesn’t usually present with a breast lump like many women expect when they think of a breast cancer. Instead, the disease causes inflammatory symptoms, like swelling and redness as cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin,” said Dr. William Dahut, chief scientific officer at the American Cancer Society. “These symptoms may show up quickly -- over just three to six months, so if you experience...

Ragweed, Mold & More: Get Ready for Fall Allergies

14 October 2023
Ragweed, Mold & More: Get Ready for Fall AllergiesSATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While the hot, dry summer may have offered a break to people with some environmental allergies, that reprieve could be over.Ragweed and mold are in the air this fall.“This summer was good news for people who are sensitive to mold and pollen as there were little of those allergens in the air, but now that we’re seeing more rain coming in after this drought, we’re experiencing a big ragweed and mold bloom in Houston,” said Dr. David Corry, a professor in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine.It's not always easy to distinguish fall allergies from seasonal viruses, Corry noted.Common allergy symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes.A sore throat and malaise are more...

Use of Hair Relaxers Raises Women's Odds for Uterine Cancer

13 October 2023
Use of Hair Relaxers Raises Women`s Odds for Uterine CancerFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older Black women who use chemical hair relaxers may be more likely to develop uterine cancer, new research suggests.Specifically, postmenopausal Black women who reported using hair relaxers more than twice a year or for more than five years had more than a 50% increased risk of being diagnosed with uterine cancer compared to women who rarely or never used relaxers.“Black women have higher rates of aggressive uterine cancer and are nearly twice as likely to die from their disease,” said study author Kimberly Bertrand, an associate professor at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. “Black women also tend to be underrepresented in research and may be experiencing unique exposures such as the use of chemical hair...

Monkey Given Gene-Edited Pig Kidney Still Alive Two...

13 October 2023
Monkey Given Gene-Edited Pig Kidney Still Alive Two Years LaterFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Two years after a gene-edited pig kidney was transplanted into a monkey, researchers report the monkey is still alive. “We’re the only group in the field to comprehensively address safety and efficacy of our donor organ with these edits,” said study co-author Dr. Mike Curtis, president and CEO of eGenesis, a company working on innovation in the field of organ transplantation.What researchers did was genetically modify Yucatan pigs to make it possible to transfer their kidneys to another species without rejection. The findings were published online Oct. 11 in the journal Nature.The Yucatan pig was chosen because it weighs about 150 pounds, similar to an average woman, and has kidneys comparable in size to a human. Organ transplant has...

Could Tissue-Zapping Procedure Be Non-Antibiotic Option for Recurrent UTIs?

13 October 2023
Could Tissue-Zapping Procedure Be Non-Antibiotic Option for Recurrent UTIs?FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For some older women, recurring urinary tract infections — and the antibiotics typically prescribed for them — become a fact of life, but a new study offers a novel treatment that may deliver relief.Called electrofulguration, the minimally invasive procedure essentially zaps and eliminates inflamed, infected bladder tissue. In the study, it was found to be effective for a number of women plagued by the issue. Study corresponding author Dr. Philippe Zimmern, director of the John and Felecia Cain Center for Bladder Health at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said he was interested in finding solutions because he saw so many patients who had taken antibiotics for bladder infections repeatedly before they were referred to him.“It was...
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