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All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

Barriers to genetic testing need to fall as knowledge of inherited cancer risks grows, surgeons say. Genetic testing should be made available for all patients diagnosed with breast cancer, according to guidelines published Thursday by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. The professional medical society has more than 3,000 members in the United States and…MORE

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world’s most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical — found in weed killers including Monsanto’s popular Roundup — and concluded that it significantly increases the…MORE

Weakest sperm left behind at ‘gates’ along reproductive path, study finds

Weakest sperm left behind at ‘gates’ along reproductive path, study finds

The race to fertilize an egg is a ruthless one — and now, scientists have shed more light on the punishing obstacle course attempted by hundreds of millions of sperm cells in their bid to get there first. Women’s reproductive tracts are shaped in a way that rejects weaker sperm, allowing only the fastest candidates…MORE

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Zei Uwadia, a teenage girl who defied expectations by walking while on life support, has died, according to a Facebook post by her mother. The teen had returned home from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City on January 31, the day before her 17th birthday, after spending 467 days hospitalized. Zei died “at home, in…MORE

Trump in ‘very good health overall’ but obese, according to physical exam results

Trump in ‘very good health overall’ but obese, according to physical exam results

President Donald Trump, 72, is in “very good health overall,” according to results from his physical examination, which were released on Thursday. Trump underwent a physical examination at the Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, performed and supervised by Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the President. At his physical exam last year, the 6-foot-3-inch Trump…MORE

Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

A pharmaceutical company that aggressively marketed a drug to nursing home residents now faces significant financial penalties as the result of an investigation by the Justice Department. Avanir Pharmaceuticals was the subject of a 2017 CNN investigation that found inappropriate and potentially fraudulent use of its main drug Nuedexta in elderly dementia patients since its…MORE

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in cancer deaths between black and white patients in the United States are receding — but more progress is needed to completely close the gap for some cancer types and age groups, according to a new study. Among men, the overall cancer death rate was 47% higher for blacks than for whites in…MORE

Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, “ultraprocessed” foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes. Eating a lot of ultraprocessed foods could be a marker…MORE

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