Oral Contraceptive Use Still Linked to Breast Cancer

Women who rely on birth control pills or contraceptive devices that release hormones face a small but significant increase in the risk for breast cancer, according to a large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.1 This study is the first to examine the risks associated with current formulations of birth control pills […]

Ask The Expert – The Role of Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. David Jackman MD is the medical director of clinical pathways and an expert in thoracic oncology at the Harvard-Dana Farber Cancer Institute. What are the main treatment options for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)? I put treatment options for advanced NSCLC into 3 main categories… Targeted Therapy – we test lung cancer for […]

Seven Steps to Keep Your Brain Healthy from Childhood to Old Age

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Presidential Advisory group has created a set of simple steps that promote heart health, called Life’s Simple 7.  These steps can also foster ideal brain health. Improving your health status with Life’s Simple 7 may reduce the risk of dementia caused by strokes, vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s […]

Does Long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors as Treatment for Ulcers Increases Risk for Gastric Cancer?

The use of a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) medication after Helicobacter pylori eradication appears to more than doubles the risk for developing gastric cancer, according to a recent study published in the medical journal Gut.1 About Proton pump inhibitors. This group of drugs, which includes Nexium® (esomeprazole), Prevacid® (lansoprazole), Prilosec® (omeprazole), and others reduces stomach acidity by blocking […]

How to Relieve a Stiff Neck-Tips on a Common Condition and Self-care Measures

There are pains in the neck . . . and then there are stiff necks. Unlike the former, however, a stiff neck is always an actual physical condition and typically prompts questions on how to relieve it, says interventional pain management specialist Kaliq Chang, MD. Stiff neck is an extremely common problem, with the U.S. […]

Vitamin D – What You Need to Know As Winter Approaches

Sunshine is a main source of vitamin D and as winter approaches your vitamin D level is likely to be lower. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that comes from dietary supplements, foods such as fortified milk and cereal, certain kinds of fish, and exposure to sunlight.  Vitamin D is important for bone health, and […]

Live Webchat: The Latest in Treatment for Advanced Lung Cancer

Ask the Expert with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Dr. Jackman Tune in here on November 15th from 10:30am EST CancerConnect has partnered with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide you with the opportunity to engage with lung cancer expert David M. Jackman, MD, Senior Physician and Medical Director of Clinical Pathways at Dana-Farber. On November 15th at […]

Ovarian Cancer: Coping with the Fear of Recurrence Live Webinar on 11/2

Please join the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) for a special live webinar on Thursday, November 2nd at 6pm EDT with Susan Stollings, PhD, Counseling Psychologist and clinical team member with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Center. Join the conversation and view the live webinar here. Presented by the NOCC and UPMC Sponsored by: […]

Flu Shot 101 – What You Need to Know

Flu season is here again, and besides a fever and runny nose, it can bring about the longtime controversy surrounding vaccines. In order to protect more human lives this year and to clarify some of the most common misconceptions surrounding the flu vaccine, the team at met with Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease […]

Odomzo® Shows Sustained Duration of Response of 26 Months in Treatment of Locally Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma

Odomzo® (Sonidegib) has received expanded approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has approved the oral hedgehog inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC) for use in individuals whose cancer has recurred following surgery or radiation therapy, or those who are not candidates for […]

Ask the Expert: Focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis

The SpineCommunity Presents: Ask the Expert with Dr. David Borenstein David G. Borenstein, MD recently answered your questions on ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in TheSpineCommunity.  TheSpineCommunity is an online support community for individuals affected with conditions of the spine, join the conversation here. Question: What are the best exercises for ankylosing spondylitis? Dr. Borenstein:  The difficulty […]

Quitting daily aspirin therapy may increase second heart attack, stroke risk

DALLAS, September 25, 2017 — Stopping long-term, low-dose aspirin therapy may increase your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Aspirin, taken in low doses, is used to help reduce the risk for recurrent heart attack or stroke. Aspirin inhibits clotting, lowering the […]

Cosentyx Highly Effective for Treatment of Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system affecting 1-3% of people in the United States. Symptoms include flaking, inflammation, and thick, white, silvery, or red patches of the skin and scalp.  Psoriasis can also cause discoloration and pitting of finger and toenails as well as inflammation of the joints and […]

When Can Back Pain Become an Emergency?

Back pain can often be severe even when resulting from a relatively mild injury or spinal condition. But when can back pain become an emergency? Several key symptoms – which may signal dangerous or even life-threatening problems – should spur patients to seek immediate medical attention, according to Kaliq Chang, MD, of Atlantic Spine Center. […]