Can You Preserve Muscle Strength with Thoughts through Mind Body Connection?

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Loss of strength can be a part of any illness but especially cancer. A new study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology concluded that regular imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization such as happens when a patient is in a cast. In the study researchers measured wrist flexor strength in 3 groups of healthy adults. Twenty-nine people wore a rigid cast extending from just below the elbow past the fingers...

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Can Mindfulness-based Meditation Help Teens with Cancer?

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A study presented at the American Psychosomatic Meeting in San Francisco concluded that mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer for teenagers. Researchers asked 13 teenagers with cancer to complete questionnaires covering mood (positive and negative emotions, anxiety and depression), sleep and quality of life. The group was divided into two. The research group was given eight mindfulness-based meditation...

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Can Smoking Change our Genes?

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A new study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics concluded that smoking alters several genes that can be associated with health problems such as increased risk of cancer and diabetes. Although we inherit our genes from our parents, the genetic material can later be changed by epigenetic  modification such as chemical alterations of the DNA that affect the activity of the genes. These alterations are normally caused by aging but can...

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Can Vitamin D Raise the Survival Rate Among Cancer Patients?

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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism concluded that cancer patients who had higher levels of vitamin D when diagnosed tended to have better survival rates and remain in remission longer than patients who are deficient of vitamin D. Researchers reviewed 25 studies that collectively examined vitamin D levels of over 17,300 cancer patients and found the above results for people with breast cancer,...

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Can Ultrasound Reduce Cancer Pain?

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A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that a new phase III Clinical trial shows that non-invasive magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound treatment that heats the cancer within the bone, relieves pain and improves function for most patients. When cancer progresses and spreads to the bone patients often experience debilitating pain  Although previously used for treatment of women with uterine...

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A common Prostate Cancer Treatment Reduces Survival in Older Men

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A new study published in European Urology concluded that a common prostate cancer therapy known as ADT should not be used in men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate. Researchers found that the therapy exposed them to more adverse side effects and was associated with increased risk of death and deprived the men of the opportunity for a cure by other methods. ADT or androgen deprivation therapy involves injecting or implanting...

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New Diagnostic Test for Prostate Cancer

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After 30 years without progress in screening methods, a new screening test has been identified for detecting prostate cancer. The only place in the southeast part of the United States offering the new technique – MRI-US image fusion technique, is the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Researchers say, “We are utilizing prostate MRI and fusing it with real time ultrasound for image-guided prostate biopsies; this can detect prostate...

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Prostate Cancer, Inflammation and Vitamin D

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A new study published in the journal Prostate concluded that inflammation may be the link between Vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically the study demonstrated that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by Vitamin D, is missing in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.  The researchers wanted to determine what genes Vitamin D is turning off in prostate cancer because it was known that putting vitamin D on prostate...

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Can Prostate Cancer Be Detected with Urine?

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A new study published in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics concluded that a set of RNA molecules could be detected in tissue samples and the urine of prostate cancer patients but not in normal healthy individuals. These results could mean the development of more sensitive and specific non-invasive tests for prostate cancer than currently available and could reduce the need for many prostate biopsies. Current methods of testing for high...

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Can a Tomato Rich Diet Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk?

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A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention concluded that men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. To evaluate lifestyle and dietary habits, prostate cancer researchers assessed 1,806 men between age 50 and 69 with prostate cancer and compared them with 12,005 men who were cancer free. This was the first study to evaluate a dietary index that...

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Can Prostate Cancer be Confirmed Without a Biopsy?

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The Prostate Health Index (phi), a simple, non-invasive blood test that is three times more specific than the PSA to detect prostate cancer is now available according to a report in Science Digest. This may reduce the need for men to need a biopsy, when they test positive for prostate cancer using  a PSA test. Researchers said, “The PSA test is based on the fact that men with higher levels of PSA protein are more likely to have prostate...

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Does Surgery or Radiation Benefit Older Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer and Other Health Problems?

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A new study in the early online edition of Cancer concluded that treating older men with early-stage prostate cancer who also had other serious health problems with aggressive therapies such as surgery or radiation therapy does not help them live longer and may be detrimental. The retrospective study followed more than 140,500 men aged 68 and older diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer between 1991 and 2007. Men were followed for 15 years...

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