Strategies to Help Get Your Thinking Back on Track

  The recorded version of the webchat will be available here as soon as possible. Cancer often causes changes in memory, word retrieval, planning, organization, and the ability to multi-task. These changes can be frustrating and life altering, affecting quality of life and one’s ability to function. Fortunately, neurocognitive rehabilitation programs do exist and can […]

One in Five Americans Has Arthritis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has analyzed 2013–2015 the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to provide prevalence estimates of arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitations. They have estimated that 54.4 million adults (22.7%) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and that nearly 24 million adults with arthritis had activity limitations attributable to arthritis. This number has […]

New Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy Study Poses Question: Can Microbiome Influence Treatment Response?

A clinical study with Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in a novel untried combination is the first ovarian cancer clinical trial to incorporate gut flora analysis.  Dr. Emese Zsiros, the study’s Principal Investigator, explains a new, unique clinical trial investigating immunotherapy for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. A new clinical study underway at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is […]

Nearly half of U.S. men actively infected with HPV, study finds HPV-linked cancers on the rise in men, but nearly 9 in 10 vaccine-eligible men are unvaccinated!

By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service The most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. has a bit of a twist. It’s what’s known as a “subclinical infection” — those infected suffer no immediate consequences, but years later have vastly increased risks for at least six different types of cancer. That sleeper agent […]

Recognizing the Early Signs of Anemia

Anemia (an inadequate supply of red blood cells) can cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Other possible signs of this condition include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty staying warm, loss of sex drive, and pale skin. Anemia is more common in women than men and may occur in a variety of […]

Precision Trial Suggests Celecoxib Safe for Arthritis

DAVID BORENSTEIN, MD  EXECUTIVE EDITOR  THESPINECOMMUNITY.COM The results of the PRECISION trial (Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety versus Ibuprofen or Naproxen) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the last issue of 2016.1 The clinical trial took 15 years from inception to publication.  The findings of the study appear to […]

New Guidelines State Everyone at Risk of Heart Disease over 40 Should be Considered for Statin Therapy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recently issued new guidelines for the use of high cholesterol-treating statin drugs. The report suggests that everyone over age 40 regardless of whether they have a history of cardiovascular disease should be evaluated and considered for treatment with a statin. The new statin guidelines were recently published in the Journal […]

Rituxan Improves Treatment of Rheumatoid Lung Disease

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who also have lung involvement often have increased mortality, but first-line therapy with Rituxan® (rituximab) may help them live longer when compared with the use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors  (TNFi), according to new research findings presented at the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Rheumatoid arthritis is a […]

EULAR 2016 Recommendations on Management of Early Arthritis

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) have published an update to their 2007 recommendations for the management of early arthritis. This committee strongly recommends early referral to a rheumatologist and early non pharmacologic interventions including smoking cessation, dental care, weight control, vaccination assessment, and comorbidity management.  Patients should understand that these are a professional organization’s […]

Do Social Connections Lower Death Rates from Breast Cancer?

Women diagnosed with breast cancer have greater rates of survival and lower rates of disease recurrences if they have more social ties, compared to women who are more socially isolated. These results were recently published in the journal Cancer. Social isolation is a feeling that is commonly described among people diagnosed with cancer. However, there […]

Keytruda®/Halaven® Combo May Be Effective in Advanced Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The investigative treatment combination including Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) plus Halaven® (eribulin) could provide a potential therapeutic option for patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) whose disease has advanced following prior therapies. These results were recently presented at the 2016 annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Approximately 12% of breast cancers are triple-negative breast cancers, […]

Lynne Cohen Foundation: What an Incredible Year!

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE YEAR! PREVENTIVE CARE CLINICS Our four Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Clinics feature multidisciplinary and personalized preventive care for over 9,500 women facing increased breast or ovarian cancer risk. At each of our Preventive Care Clinics: These women see all the specialists in one day and in one place Specialists work face to […]

How To Enjoy The Holidays Despite Chronic Pain

By Tom Macek, M.D. The holidays are a time when everyone is encouraged to be of good cheer. But this joyous time of year is a lot less merry for those suffering from chronic bad backs, migraines, arthritis and other pain-inducing ailments. “Any kind of pain can seriously affect your quality of life,” says Dr. […]

Research Study for Crohn’s Disease

You are being invited to participate in “The GEM (Genetic, Environmental, Microbial) Project”. The GEM Project is a prospective (looking forward) study involving a select group of individuals which is hoping to identify possible causes of Crohn’s Disease (CD). We are looking to study all siblings and children of patients with Crohn’s disease in the […]