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Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each YearFRIDAY, June 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of U.S. children die in pool and hot tub drownings each year, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to redouble safety efforts this summer.That's because many children have been away from the water during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic."Child drowning rates and nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15 years old remain high, and water safety vigilance is as important as ever this summer for parents and caregivers," said Alex Hoehn-Saric, chairman of the CPSC. Whether a child is playing in a community pool, a neighbor's pool or the family's own, the commission is urging parents and caregivers to prepare by reviewing pool safety tips and signing up for swimming lessons."Working...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Greatly Lower Odds for Many Cancers

8 June 2022
Weight-Loss Surgery May Greatly Lower Odds for Many CancersWEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Dropping a load of pounds through weight-loss surgery can significantly decrease your risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to three new studies.Obese folks who underwent bariatric surgery were at least two times less likely to develop certain types of cancer and more than three times less likely to die of cancer than heavy people who didn't get the procedure, according to a study presented Tuesday at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's (ASMBS) annual meeting, in Dallas.Another much larger study by the Cleveland Clinic found similar, if smaller, benefits from weight-loss surgery -- a 32% lower risk of developing cancer and a 48% lower risk of cancer-related death, according to results published June 3 in...

Some Younger Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancers Might...

7 June 2022
Some Younger Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancers Might Skip RadiationTUESDAY, June 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of thousands of breast cancer patients could safely go without radiation therapy after their tumor has been removed, a new study argues.Gene testing helped doctors identify a group of women who skipped radiation therapy because their cancer showed very low risk of coming back following surgery, according to findings presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), held in Chicago.Forgoing radiation therapy worked out well for them, it turned out.The patients had a little more than 2% risk of their breast cancer returning, said study leader Dr. Timothy Joseph Whelan, chair of breast cancer research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.Between 10% to 15% of breast cancer patients in the...

New Treatments Battle Advanced Breast Cancers

6 June 2022
New Treatments Battle Advanced Breast CancersMONDAY, June 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Two "smart bomb" drugs are offering new hope to women with aggressive breast cancers, a pair of clinical trials show.Both medications are antibody-drug conjugates, consisting of a chemo drug that's been wedded to an antibody that delivers the chemotherapy directly to cancer cells."That's a way to take the chemo right to the cancer cells and spare the rest of the body a lot of toxicity," said Dr. Shanu Modi, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "The antibody takes the chemo right to the cancer cells. When the antibody finds its target, the whole complex gets internalized into the cell, and then the chemo gets released inside the cancer cell."Modi served as lead researcher for the first drug, Enhertu...

Pandemic Caused Millions of U.S. Women to Skip Cancer Screenings

3 June 2022
Pandemic Caused Millions of U.S. Women to Skip Cancer ScreeningsFRIDAY, June 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of U.S. women missed breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.It found that compared to 2018, the number of women in 2020 who said they had breast cancer screening in the past year fell by 2.13 million (6%). The number of women who said they had cervical cancer screening in the past year fell by 4.47 million (11%).Over the same period, colonoscopies for colon cancer detection dropped by 16% for both men and women."COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate impact in March and April of 2020, as screenings initially dropped by close to 80%," said senior author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, a senior vice president at the American Cancer Society. "Many people caught up on screenings later in 2020, but...

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