FDA Approves Aimovig, A Novel Preventive Treatment for Migraine Headaches

According to Dr. Jessica Ailani, MD, associate professor of neurology at MedStar’s Georgetown University Hospital and director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center, migraines affect over 36 million people in the U.S. yet they are still a poorly recognized and under-diagnosed disease. In 2018, the number of migraine-specific treatments available in the US will double […]

Smoking and Cancer: Understand the Risk and What You Can Do to Control It

CancerConnect News: Smoking tobacco cigarettes is responsible for drastically increasing the risk of the developing lung cancer— the number-one cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S—as well as several other types of cancer (not to mention additional diseases).[1] Tobacco use, primarily from cigarettes, is considered the single most preventable cause of death in this country. […]

Weekend Warriors and Risk of Spinal Injury-Tips on Protecting the Back

Spine Community News:  Spring is here…finally! Every year, we welcome the arrival of mild weather and look forward to the weekends, when we can get outside and pick up the golf clubs, the tennis racket, the basketball, the softball glove. And every weekend, thousands of people show up in doctors’ offices, clinics, and emergency rooms […]

What Causes Upper Back Pain and What to do About it

Spine Community News: With low back pain afflicting 8 of 10 Americans at some point in their lives, some of us might not even know what causes its kissing cousin – upper back pain. But this equally vexing condition stems from a variety of causes that can be effectively targeted by a bevy of treatment […]

At-home Genetic Testing may be Convenient, but it isn’t Complete

March 14, 2018 Home delivery for everything from fresh produce to custom-selected clothing has become a way of life for many Americans. While most home-delivery conveniences are generally changing our lives for the better — giving us more time and choices — at-home genetics kits that reveal information about the risk of developing certain cancers […]

Study Suggests Exercise and Tailored Approach Reduces the Risk of Falling in Older Adults

Spine Community News: Falls occur in 36% of individuals 65 years or older according to a 2-year study from 2010.  Falls result in serious injury, spinal or hip fractures or death costing Medicare billions each year. This is especially true for individuals with osteoporosis where a fall increases the risk of hip fracture and mortality.  […]

February is Heart Month – Could You Be At Risk Of Heart Disease?

If I asked you about the leading cause of deaths for adults in the United States, what would you say? Many people lean towards cancer, hearing about it often in the news or as plot lines in their favorite television dramas. The true deadly culprit, however, is heart disease. Heart disease causes 1 in 7 […]

Oral Contraceptives Reduce Risk for Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers

CancerConnect News: The long-term use of oral contraceptives reduces the risk for developing ovarian and endometrial cancers.  The effect is especially evident in smokers, women who are overweight and those who exercise infrequently, according to the results of a new study published in JAMA Oncology. Earlier studies have demonstrated an association of previous oral contraceptive […]

Five Common Sign & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

CancerConnect News: Breast cancer is a cancer that originates in the area of the breast, where cells replicate too quickly, causing a tumor. Breast cancer is most common in women, but I can also occur in men. Breast cancer is caused by an abnormality that is genetic, but only a very low percentage of such […]

Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease – What You Need to Know!

What should women know about the association between therapies for breast cancer heart disease? Breast cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation, may damage the heart. Women who are currently being treated for breast cancer or who have been treated for breast cancer in the past should talk to their healthcare team about reducing the […]

Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma: 10 Tips on How to Get The Most From Your Doctor

1) Choose Your Doctor Carefully Hematologists and oncologists are the primary doctors involved with multiple myeloma and often work in collaboration with stem cell transplant physicians. Pick your primary hematologist/oncologist carefully, rely on people you trust including nurses and other health care professionals who make help with recommendations.  Make sure your doctor is someone you […]

Breast Cancer Treatments May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

American Heart Association Scientific Statement Statement Highlights: Some breast cancer therapies can damage the heart and healthcare providers should carefully monitor breast cancer treatment effects on the heart. Breast cancer survivors, especially older women, are more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure rather than breast cancer. Breast cancer patients may be […]

E-cigarettes May Help Adults Switch From Cigarettes but Encourage Smoking in Teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS CancerConnect News: E-cigarettes can be highly addictive, and kids who use them are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes, concluded a panel of public health experts. A report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is one of the most comprehensive evaluations of existing […]

Keytruda Significantly Improved Recurrence-Free Survival in Patients with Stage 3 Melanoma

CancerConnect News:  The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), today announced that the phase 3 EORTC1325/KEYNOTE-054 trial investigating Keytruda (pembrolizumab), an anti-PD-1 precision immunotherapy for surgically resected high-risk melanoma, met the primary endpoint of improving recurrence-free survival. Adjuvant Therapy in Melanoma Melanoma is separated into five staging categories (stages 0-4).  Stage III […]