Men with Breast Cancer Face High Mortality Rates, Says Study

Men with breast cancer are more likely to have lower overall survival rates than their female counterparts, a study said. “The persistent disparity, derived from an analysis of data from the National Cancer Database, suggests a possible distinct cancer biology, less effective treatment or compliance issues, and perhaps unhealthy lifestyles among men may be responsible […]

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Cancer cases rise by over 300% in 1 year

NEW DELHI: Cases of common cancer, including oral, cervical and breast cancer, diagnosed at state-run NCD clinics increased by nearly 324% between 2017 and 2018, according to National Health Profile, 2019 data. In 2018, out of 6.5 crore people who visited these clinics for screening, 1.6 lakh were diagnosed with one of these common cancers, compared to 39,635 […]

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Long-term Asbestos Exposure Can Trigger Lung Cancer in Children, Say Experts

After the US health regulators found traces of asbestos in samples from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) baby powder and forced the company to recall 33,000 bottles of talcum powder, physicians in India have warned that long-term exposure of asbestos can trigger lung cancer in children. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that […]

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Pancreatic, Colorectal Cancer Up 10% in 30 Years, Says Study

Global death rates for pancreatic cancer and incidence rates for colorectal cancer both increased by 10 per cent between 1990 and 2017, the results of a major study conducted across 195 countries revealed. The results, presented at the UEG Week Barcelona, found that the number of pancreatic cancer cases increased by 130 per cent over […]

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Big Tobacco, war and politics

The Cigarette: A Political History Sarah Milov Harvard University Press (2019) The history of the tobacco industry, and its shameful campaign to delay regulation while millions died because of its products, might seem fully explored. Yet in her chronicle The Cigarette, historian Sarah Milov manages to bring fresh insight into how the industry’s power hooked government treasuries, the […]

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Research finds evidence HPV vaccine is improving herd immunity

A study from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that the prevalence of the types of oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections prevented by the HPV vaccine dropped by 37% over an eight-year period in unvaccinated U.S. men ages 18 to 59. The investigators performed a study of oral HPV infection in the U.S. population […]

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World Leaders Once Made Miracles, and Can Again

We need a little uplift, a reminder that although world leaders today from Washington to London to Beijing may be dishonest vandals, it doesn’t have to be that way. Even flawed presidents and prime ministers can act in noble ways, and we saw that in the 2000s when George W. Bush, Tony Blair and others […]

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Changes in e-cigarette policies worldwide

On Sept 18, 2019, the Indian Government announced that it would ban the production and sale of e-cigarettes. The devices are already prohibited in 16 of the country’s 29 states. Earlier this year, a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research recommended extending the ban to the entire nation. Read More

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Vaping-related lung illnesses: time to act

By 2021, Euromonitor, a strategic market research provider, estimates that 55 million people worldwide will regularly vape, with the USA being the largest consumer. Worryingly, vaping is most prevalent in young people, and especially among teenagers—doubling in popularity in US high school students between 2017 and 2018. The range of flavours, the perception that it is […]

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