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2021

Freezing Tumors Could Be New Treatment for Low-Risk Breast Cancers

Freezing Tumors Could Be New Treatment for Low-Risk Breast CancersTUESDAY, May 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A first-of-its-kind study suggests that slow-growing breast cancers can be treated with a highly targeted tumor-freezing technique, eliminating the need for invasive surgery.Testing to date suggests that the technique is effective among women over 60 diagnosed with relatively low-risk breast cancer. "Cryoablation is a minimally invasive solution that destroys breast tumors safely, quickly and painlessly, without the need for surgery," said study author Dr. Richard Fine, a breast surgeon with West Cancer Center & Research Institute in Germantown, Tenn."The procedure exposes diseased tissue to extreme cold [cryo] to destroy [ablate] it," he added. "It is performed in the office while the patient is awake." The new study -- which involved nearly...

How the Pandemic Changed Breast Cancer Care

4 May 2021
How the Pandemic Changed Breast Cancer CareTUESDAY, May 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, breast cancer experts realized space in operating rooms and hospitals could become scarce. That meant rethinking standard care, to provide the best way to treat patients under these suddenly restricted conditions.One of the new ideas: Reverse the order of care given to patients with a type of breast cancer known as estrogen receptor-positive (ER+). ER+ cancer is a common type of breast cancer and generally has a good outlook.Instead of getting medication known as neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) after surgery, as is more common, patients would receive NET first and surgery later, because ORs were so scarce. And because doctors didn't know how long the postponement in surgeries might last, they set up a...

Giving Birth During the Pandemic? Facts You Need to Know

4 May 2021
Giving Birth During the Pandemic? Facts You Need to KnowTUESDAY, May 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic presents its own challenges, but the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) wants to reassure pregnant women that they need not panic.Instead, they "should be comforted to know that the hospital is a very safe place to have a baby now," said Dr. Beverly Philip, president of the ASA."The obstetricians, midwives, physician anesthesiologists, nurses and other health care providers who care for women in labor have been vaccinated and follow other precautions to ensure safety, such as wearing personal protective equipment," Philip explained in a society news release.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 vaccination is safe and recommended for pregnant women. Vaccination...

COVID Vaccination in Pregnancy May Pass Helpful...

3 May 2021
COVID Vaccination in Pregnancy May Pass Helpful Antibodies to BabyMONDAY, May 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Here's reassuring news for moms-to-be: Pregnant women who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to transfer protective antibodies to their babies, a new study says.The researchers assessed 122 pregnant women who received the vaccines. They also analyzed the cord blood of the women's babies at the time of birth.The helpful antibodies were found in 99% of the cord blood of babies whose mothers received both doses of the two-dose vaccines, and in 44% of those whose mothers received one dose."Receiving two doses prior to birth will increase the likelihood that antibodies are transferred to the baby," said lead author Dr. Malavika Prabhu, associate director of labor and delivery at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. ...

COVID Anxieties Still High for Americans: Poll

3 May 2021
COVID Anxieties Still High for Americans: PollMONDAY, May 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' anxiety and concerns about COVID-19 remain high a year into the pandemic, and mental health effects of the health crisis are on the rise, a new survey shows.Hispanic (73%) and Black Americans (76%) are more anxious about COVID-19 than white people (59%), according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) online survey of 1,000 U.S. adults. It was conducted March 26 to April 5.Among parents, concerns about their children were significant."This poll shows that even as vaccines become more widespread, Americans are still worried about the mental state of their children," said Dr. Jeffrey Geller, president of the APA."This is a call to action for policymakers, who need to remember that in our COVID-19 recovery, there's no health...
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